Easy Science Fair Project: Solar Powered Mini House

When I was a child I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I could go on an all expense paid trip to Washington DC and explore all that city had to offer. The catch? I had to be one of the winners in the school science fair. At first I was a bit intimidated about winning but then I came up with the following idea and found myself headed for Washington DC!! Now I am going to share my idea for a miniature solar powered house with you!!
First you need to find a small solar panel. I found mine at Radio Shack but I presume that other stores such as the Smithsonian or Discovery may have these as well. With the advent of the web you may even be able to find these online. These panels are an exact replica of a real solar panel you would find on the roof of a real solar powered house. The one I found had a fan attachment but you could also find them with light attachments. Either of these will work just fine.

Next you need to either gather some scrap wood or acquire a small dollhouse kit such as a one or two room cottage size. I was always handy with a hammer so I built a little attic size room. If you are not that handy with a hammer the dollhouse kits can be found at any hobby store, are inexpensive and can be glued together with relative ease. You will need to make some modifications to the dollhouse kit however so don’t start building just yet. You will need a hobby knife or Dremel tool and a drill to modify the roof so gather these items along with one or two one inch by two inch pieces of Plexi glass and a big bottle of Aileen’s Tacky Glue.

Well, that is all you need for supplies believe it or not. Unless of course you would like to add some paint, flooring, shingles, siding and draperies. I did this to mine just because I liked the look of it better then the rough product. If you do decide to pump it up a bit scrap paint and wallpaper left over from mom and dad’s around the house projects make for excellent interior and exterior wall coverings. Leftover fabric from mom’s sewing or from clothing you are throwing out makes excellent draperies. Leftover asphalt shingles from dad’s latest roof repairs can be cut with heavy duty scissors into small squares and glued on the roof for shingles. As for flooring, think out of the box. Paint little wood planks on floors with brown paint as a base and black paint for cracks between planks. Use a base of White paint that is dried and add black paint squares to create a tile floor. Use old wash clothes cut to desirable shapes for scatter rugs. This will give you an appealing finished product that is sure to wow the judges.

Now that you have everything let’s put it all together. First, build and decorate your dollhouse according to its instructions, leaving the roof off. Have a parent help you to drill a hole through the roof making sure the hole is located just above a room. Now, again with a parent’s help, add one to two square holes measuring three quarters of an inch by one and three quarters inch. You can use a Dremel tool or a very sharp hobby knife for this job. These holes will be the skylights which are extremely essential in any good solar home. Now glue your pieces of Plexi glass (These can be custom cut for free from the store you bought them from in most cases.) to what will become the underneath of your roof. Allow to dry thoroughly then flip your roof over and glue your solar panel to the top of the roof being careful to feed the wires through before gluing permanently in place. Once the solar panel is dry and secure flip the roof back over to expose its underside and attach the light or fan to the panel using the wires and the instruction sheet that came with the kit. This may sound scary but it is very easy and extremely safe as you are dealing with very low voltage. Now you can glue your roof to your dollhouse and put on your little shingles. I would like to note here that if you don’t have shingles you can paint the roof black prior to putting in the skylights and the solar panel.

Well, that is all there is to building it now let’s move on to presenting your masterpiece. Now you will need a light source. For this you will need to know if the presentation hall has an electrical outlet available to you. If they do get yourself a sturdy box or other item that can be used to raise a desk lamp up off of the table’s surface. A curved neck or goose neck lamp is best here as this will become your imitation sun and it will need to be able to be posed. Place your lamp on your box and flex its neck so it floods the dollhouse roof with light. Voila!! Now your solar light or fan should turn on within a few moments providing cooling breezes or lots of light to your imaginary inhabitants. Don’t be upset when it doesn’t work immediately because it takes time for the solar cell to store its charge. Also, don’t forget to try your project prior to presentation day to ensure everything is in working order. Your skylights will also add tons of “sun” light which is an important part of a solar house. In the event you don’t have electric access in your presentation room bring along a high voltage camp light and use that instead. It wont work as well but will do in a pinch.

Well, good luck with your project and be sure to tell Doc all about those awesome prizes you will be winning with this fun and rewarding project.

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Green Project: The Benefits of Louisiana’s Largest Solar Panels

The largest photovoltaic system (that’s solar panel to you and me) in Louisiana sits atop a large warehouse facility in New Orleans. Seventy-two 85watt panels with an output capacity of 6.12 kilowatts will help power The Green Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging environmentally sustainable living.
Shell Exploration amp; Production Company and Entergy donated a combined $35,000 to the project, which is designed to reduce The Green Project’s electrical demand and to provide an educational tool for the community to learn more about solar energy. During the first six months of operation, the system is expected to cover 20 percent of the organization’s energy needs, with that capacity increasing over time. In addition, the system is plugged into the city grid. This means as the panels suck up sunshine, they convert it into electricity to power the building; whatever the building doesn’t need to use at the time flows into Entergy’s circuitry, to be used by others on the same grid. Sometimes this system even reverses the electrical meter itself!

This is only one aspect of the group’s work to change the way Louisiana treats its fragile environment. Local contractors, artists, and home owners know the warehouse is the best place to go to find doors, tiles, recycled paint, and other building materials-all at rock-bottom prices. Everything at The Green Project is donated, usually by homeowners who might be tired of their bathroom’s look but who know there’s nothing wrong with the materials in it. This creates bargain sales and architectural finds for buyers plus keeps these items out of landfills.

“The Green Project views its role as an educational resource for promoting responsible sustainability practices in all areas,” says board vice-president Phyllis Jordan. That means field trips are welcome; gardening workshops are routinely offered to the public, with plenty of info about organic gardens and composting; recycled fabrics, Mardi Gras beads, and other items are used in artists’ workshops held regularly at the warehouse.

The group moved into its current location, 2831 Marais Street, in 2003. The building features a large, flat roof ideal for solar electric production, long a goal of the organization’s board. The panels were purchased from Shell Solar Industries LP, with the design and installation handled by Louisiana Homepower, based in Baton Rouge. Entergy, Louisiana’s premier energy company, also provided funding to support the purchase and installation of the panels. For more information about The Green Project, visit www.thegreenproject.org.

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Build Your Own Solar Power System

Have you ever considered building your own solar power system? I’ve toyed with the idea in the back of my mind for years, ever since my son came home from school and announced that he was going to build a solar power system for his Science Fair project. “You’re going to build WHAT?” I screeched in shock and horror. And he proceeded to go to work, doing it all by himself, using scrap and junk he found around the farm.
By the end of the allotted time period, he had built a tiny but working solar power system that could heat water in a small canister. Now, my son is a very bright guy but he’s no genius, so if a kid can do it, a reasonably intelligent adult can, also.

Building your own solar power system can be as simple as laying a coil of black plastic pipe on the ground, in a sunny spot near your swimming pool. You hook one end to the discharge outlet of your pump and the other end to the matching port on your pool. The pump pushes cold pool water into the coil of black plastic pipe on the ground, it circulates through the pipe and is heated by the sun. Warmer water is pumped into the pool, raising the pool temperature by a few degrees. It’s not a beautiful sight, but it is actually a functional solar power system.

Purchasing a commercial solar power system is expensive. Building your own solar power system is not. We’re not talking about converting your entire home to solar power here… we’re looking at heating an outdoor pool or providing hot water to the house. Even if you only pre-heat the water going to your water heater, your solar power system can save you money in the long run. And we all know that a heated swimming pool is just so much nicer than swimming in cold water. Why not make use of an eternally renewable energy source, the sun, and build your own solar power system to heat that pool.

The popular back-to-the-land magazine, Mother Earth News, has published numerous articles on building your own solar power system and solar heat collectors. Some of the projects they offer are quite simple and inexpensive ways to heat a room in your house or heat water.

Remember that building your own solar power system doesn’t have to mean converting your entire house to solar power. Every little bit of the sun’s free energy that you harness will help you save money on your electric bill. And in these days of skyrocketing prices, every penny saved is truly a penny earned. If you can build your own solar power system and save a few bucks on your electric bill, you’re ahead of the game. The fact that you are also easing the strain on our environment is a definite bonus.

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Homemade Solar Panel Guide

Solar power is becoming an increasingly popular option for turning some roof or yard space into a means of partially or completely covering home electricity needs. Some intrepid do-it-yourselfers have turned to building their own solar electric panels, either for the challenge of it or to meet the custom specifications of a unique space or electrical demand that requires a custom-built solution. While building a homemade solar panel may not be as complicated as one might think, building one requires thorough planning and a combination of carpentry and wiring skills.
Calculating Demand

The first task is determining the demand to be met by the homemade solar electric panel or panels, and designing an entire system around that demand. Such panels rarely supply power directly to anything; instead, they are usually used to charge batteries, and the batteries then feed a steady supply of electricity to the home. In this example, the panel are meant to power a home office with a laptop, printer, a few lightbulbs, and a few other gizmos with a projected combined demand of 400 watts. That is how much power the batteries will need to supply every hour for, say, nine hours a day, for a total of 3,600 watts.

Most solar systems are designed so that total demand should be met by the panel during the average six hours of good daylight the system will receive during an average day. That means 3,600 divided by 6, so that the panel must be designed to generate 600 watts per hour.

Special Parts

The next step is to go shopping, and choose the type of solar cell you want to use. The individual solar cells will be assembled into a single panel. Other special electrical parts include a charge controller, at least one inverter (to convert the voltage), and one or more deep-cycle batteries (batteries designed to be drawn down and re-charged repeatedly). It would be a good idea to match the voltage of the solar cells to being just a point or two above the voltage of the battery, so only one inverter is needed. Otherwise, the voltage will need to be altered for the battery, and then again for the appliances in the system.

Sketch

Always start a complicated assembly job like this one by sketching the entire end product, including where the individual cells and their wires will go. A sketch helps to save time and avoid problems during the construction process.

Building the Box

A homemade solar panel is essentially a box for housing solar cells and protecting them from the elements. A typical method is to nail or screw sideboards around a plywood backing, and then to fasten a substrate of something like cork or pegboard into the interior. The entire thing is then primed and painted for protection from the weather, and then the individual solar cells are glued or screwed into place as planned. The wires from the cells are slowly bridged using wire nuts or wiring connectors, until all the cells feed through one wire. This tangled mess of wiring is best secured to the panel’s substrate using non-conductive silicon caulk. Ventilation holes and an exit hole for the single wire are then drilled. The wire is then threaded out of the panel. The whole thing is finished by fitting a piece of plexiglass to the top of the box, drilling holes, and screwing it on.

Completion

The finished panel should be erected in the direction where it will collect the most sunlight. The wires are fed into a charge controller, which will make sure that the current is steady and does not spike and fry the batteries. It will also control the current flow out of the battery, preventing the system from overdrawing power. The final, basic element is the inverter. This addresses two issues: that the solar electric panel and system up until now have been generating direct current (DC), and that the voltage is much lower than that used by almost all household appliances. An inverter will both format the current to alternating current (AC) and step the voltage up to something useful.

Sources: treehugger.com/files/2008/09/how-to-make-diy-cheap-inexpensive-solar-panels-ebay.php; virtualsecrets.com/build-a-solar-panel.html; mdpub.com/SolarPanel/index.html

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What is the Residential Energy Tax Credit?

Residential energy credit has been enhanced by congress for using solar power. Two other new energy systems have also been included under the new residential energy credit. This is made possible by the energy extension and improvement act.
When does it start?

The residential energy credit will begin on January 1, 2009.There are eight more years and this means the residential energy credit will extend up to 2016. The residential energy credit is currently 30% of the price of the full system. The $2000 cap of water heated by solar property has been removed in terms of expenses. A person who installs the property will now receive $3000 residential energy credit unlike previously when he/she was only receiving a cap of $2000.The property installed has to be worth $10000.The residential energy credit will be made ready at the beginning of the year 2009 so as to balance with an Alternative Minimum Tax.

Which other energy systems?

The residential energy credit will also include geothermal heat power and also small energy systems that use wind.

Wind property.

A small energy system that uses wind has also been included under REEP. A wind turbine must be used with the small wind property to produce electric energy. The minimal wind property must also be owned by the taxpayer. The wind property should also be used in conjunction with a dwelling unit inside the country United States of America. The enhanced residential energy credit bill does not consider this as a basic residence, therefore the taxpayer may receive REEP credits belonging to a residence that is secondary also. The residential energy credit cannot exceed $4000 as it is constrained to $500 for every ½ kilowatt.

Geothermal heat property.

The enhanced residential energy credit is also available for geothermal heat pump properties and goes at 30%. The properties are put together with a dwelling of the United States therefore, has to be a taxpayer’s residence. The same 30% residual energy credit is also given for secondary residences as well as $2000 is the limit for this residential energy credit.

Enhancement of the residential energy credit will also encourage investment by property owners in alternative energy. This new savings’ legislation is also real. Use of alternative energy has also been made affordable as it will balance the investors expenses in a way that also affects the savings. The federal government, by enhancing the residual energy credit, shows that alternative energy use can automatically work on behalf of property owners.

Sources

1. Residential Energy Credit, 1040.com

2. New Residential Tax Credits Available, boston.com

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Pro and Cons of Installing Solar Panels in Your Home

Today everybody is looking for ways to save money on high energy cost as well as go green. One of the ways that people consider is installing solar panels to their home. While these do work very well, they also have some very concrete drawbacks. Let’s take a look at a few pros and cons of today’s solar panels. One of the first pros that are so obvious is that they reduce the strain on the energy consumption and they are a renewable energy source. One thing that makes solar panels such an inviting option is that sunlight is always free, and as far as we know, the sun will come up tomorrow and the next day and continue to do so for a long time. These are very ideal for people who live in a climate that boasts a lot of sunlight.
Another good thing about solar panels is that they will save you money in the long run. It will cut back on your utility bills and if you are especially lucky, you will have to pay nothing to the utility companies at all. This to me is a definite plus.

Solar panels emit no pollution, so this enhances the environment and keeps your home on the green side. Saving the planet should be a huge priority for everybody and this is a keen way to start being more friendly to Mother Nature. And they are pretty much maintenance free. Maybe a rinse off here and there or twice a year hand cleaning.

As if all that were not enough to convince you, there are always the tax breaks that you will receive for having solar paneling installed in your home. In addition to that, some states have a program called “net metering” which essentially turns your meter backwards and you can get a credit on your utilities or sell the extra energy that you have generated to the other companies. Sounds like a great deal to me. The government offers a tax credit of up to $2000. If you go to www.dsireusa.org you can look up the incentives that are offered by state.

Here is a benefit that the whole neighborhood will appreciate. Solar panels are quiet. There are no moving parts or machinery to create noise pollution.

Of course, as in all things good, there are always some drawbacks. The biggest drawback is the initial installation costs. No it is not cheap to have these little bad boys installed and most do-it-yourselfers are not equipped to take on this type of project. They will need to be professionally installed which can cost you a pretty penny, but in the end it will pay for itself over and over.

As mentioned before, sun is an important factor, so if you live in a climate that does not receive a lot of sunlight, this might not benefit you as much. Solar panels depend on sunlight to create the energy to supply to the home, so if you have a short day, a cloudy day, you will have to rely on another source of energy after you have used up the stored energy. This will also determine the amount of panels you will need to install. This also holds true for the nighttime hours when there is no sun out. I don’t think they’ve invented a moon powered panel as of yet.

This may not be as important to some people as others, but solar panels across your roof or located in your yard may not be so pleasing to the eye or the curb appeal. This could be a drawback for some, but will the benefits outweigh them.

Sometimes things happen, especially nature, and you will need to replace a broken or faulty panel which can add to your costs. Maintaining the panels increases the productivity and is an important factor.

Winter weather can also be a burden for some home owners as well. Take for instance a heavy snow storm that temporarily covers your panels. During this instance the panels are not soaking in any of the rays from the sun, therefore reducing your efficiency. Hopefully at this point you will have banked a sufficient amount of net energy to hold you over.

Either way, however you look at it solar panels are a good thing. If you can afford them, than go ahead and indulge in this modern convenience and enjoy the future savings to come. You can also rest easily knowing that you are doing your part in protecting and preserving the environment.

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How to Install a Solar Heater in Your Pool

One of the most logical uses of solar energy is to heat a home swimming pool, since sunshine and swimming weather are so closely linked. The simplest and least expensive way to warm an unheated pool with sunrays, or to ease the load on a gas or electric pool heater, is to cover the water with a transparent plastic blan­ket, commonly made of heavy, double-thickness polyethylene.
By preventing evaporation (which can account for up to 55 percent of a pool’s heat loss) while still permitting sunlight to warm the wa­ter, a plastic cover can raise the tempera­ture of a pool by as much as 10° F. on a sunny day. Used in conjunction with a conventional heater, a pool blanket can pay for itself over a single season in re­duced energy bills.

But full-fledged solar systems, available from solar equipment-dealers and from some pool-supply stores, are even more effective. Most pools are heated to around 80° F; in warm weather, a solar system can do the job unaided by a stan­dard gas or electric heater. In cooler weather it can save considerable energy by preheating the water before it passes into the conventional heater.

Because the basic plumbing necessary to circulate the water through the solar collector panels is already included in the pool’s filter system, a solar heating loop need only tap into the existing pipes- usually at a point just beyond the filter but before the conventional heater, if any.

A one-way check valve prevents wa­ter from draining back into the filter from the elevated collectors, and a manual or thermostatically-controlled gate valve al­lows pool water to bypass the solar heat­er on cloudy days, or whenever the pool has heated up sufficiently. The existing swimming-pool pump will often be pow­erful enough to circulate water through the panels, but the panel manufacturer or dealer may recommend that you retro­fit a larger pump.

Solar collector panels for pool heat­ing are simpler and lighter than the ones that are designed for hot-water sys­tems, requiring no insulation or glazing. Many are copper; others are merely 3-by-8-foot sheets of molded plastic, honey­combed with channels through which the water circulates.

The panels must be mounted on a roof and oriented toward the sun in the same manner as other solar collectors. If near­by south-facing roof surfaces do not pro­vide the proper angle, you can secure the panels to an inclined roof rack, but covered with %-inch plywood (the lightweight pool panels will sag in the middle if they are not supported). In many cases, however, the simplest way to mount the collectors is to build a nearby cabana-style shelter with its roof oriented due south and pitched at an angle equal­ing your latitude.

To heat the water adequately, you will need collector panels with a total surface area equal to half the area of your pool. To ease installation, use schedule-40 PVC pipe and, whenever possible, PVC valves and fittings to make the plumbing con­nections. Buy the type of pipe that is specifically labeled for outdoor use; the plastic is formulated with a stabilizer that enables it to withstand prolonged expo­sure to sunlight. The PVC pipe ordinarily used for indoor plumbing degrades rap­idly in the sun and must be painted if it is used outside the house. You can buy pipe, fittings, and any other hardware not included with the panels, at plumbing and home-improvement stores.

Resources:

http://www.poolgear.com/instructions-inground-solar-heater.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Solar-Panels-to-Heat-a-Pool

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Robotikits: Educational Solar Powered Robots Anyone Can Build

Robotikits is a build it yourself educational Robot Mini Solar Kit. In 1980, OWI, Inc. supported a need for robotic education and created robot kits that could be used with school curriculums.
The Frightened Grasshopper is part of the Mini Solar Kits Family. Also included in this family are the Super Solar Race Car, the Walking King Crab, the Attacking Inch Worm, and the Happy Hopping Frog. Each one is solar powered and prices range from $10.95 – $13.95. The Frightened Grasshopper is priced at $10.95. In 2007 the Frightened Grasshopper won the Creative Toy Award and was given the seal of excellence by Creative Child Magazine.

The Mini Solar Robot Kits are part of the Jr. Science Series and are recommended for ages 10 and up. Although the recommended age for interest in robotics really can’t be set for today’s creative mind you can use this age recommendation as a guide. My children are five and eight and they want to start collecting the whole family since we assembled and enjoyed the Frightened Grasshopper and his antics. OWI, Inc. has a beginning Jr. Science Series and they excel to an Advanced experience level for those who have soldering skills.

There are only six assembly instructions to follow and they are very easy, you’ll have your Frightened Grasshopper assembled in just a few minutes. The enclosed instructions have pictures showing each step and which part you’ll need to assemble next. Building a robot has never been easier. Once your Frightened Grasshopper is assembled find some sunlight and what your kid(s) jump with excitement. The solar panel on the grasshoppers back causes the activity of solar energy. You can also show them how the sun is powering the robot; use your hand to shade the area above the grasshopper. Your shadow will cause the grasshopper to stop, move away and let the sun hit the solar panel and the grasshopper will start again. This can also be a great tool to teach children about how solar energy is harnessed.

Since this is a solar powered toy it will cause your children to spend some time outside, this will give parents or teachers a chance to watch from a distance as creative minds start to wonder. If you place the Frightened Grasshopper in your hand it will tickle you because of the movement it makes. Make sure the child or children do not drop it so that it won’t break. If you put the solar robot in sand it will dig little holes with its legs. Keep the solar panel on its back as clean as you can, simply wipe it off with a dry cloth.

There is warranty information enclosed in case any of the parts do not work correctly. Be sure to keep your receipt or if it was a gift you might want to obtain that information. The warranty is good for 30 days. You can also join their club that information is obtained by reading the instructions enclosed.

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Nevada Solar One – The Hybrid Car of the Solar Power Generation

The world’s third largest solar array began production of electricity in the Nevada desert last year, pumping out 64 Megawatts of power, enough to power 14,000 to 15,000 homes during peak operating times in the middle of the day. Last week, federal, state and local officials held an official unveiling ceremony to celebrate the fully-operational plant.
This would be an incredible advancement and great news on the renewable energy front – if this was really a solar-driven electrical-generation facility.

The little tidbit about the plant that is being downplayed is that it will primarily use natural gas to drive the turbines, making it a solar-assisted power plant, not a source for generating electricity from renewable or sustainable sources.

That’s the good news.

The bad news: a Spanish company, using Israeli-built parabolic mirrors, built the facility.

The even-worse news: the facility covers a surface area of 14 million square feet, or nearly 3 square miles, using the sun to heat a fluid to 750º F to drive standard electricity generating turbines. And the solar portion of the hybrid power facility only truly operates during the middle of the day.

The plant was built in accord with the goals of the state of Nevada, which has set a target of 5% of its electricity being generated by solar power by 2013. Nevada Power and Serra Pacific are under to a 20-year purchase contract with Acciona to buy the electricity being produced at the Nevada Solar One facility, also known as the Boulder City plant. The plant lies near the existing power grid.

At the ceremony, Acciona’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jose Manual Entrecanales said, “We chose Nevada [for the location of Solar One] for the outstanding commitment of this state to the development of sources of renewable energy.”

And while a laudable goal it is, the question still needs to be asked -Is Nevada Solar One really fulfilling that mission?

A quick and dirty analysis of the demographics of the area brings one to the appalling realization that in order to just keep up with the growth of Las Vegas, which lies 51 miles away, one of these mammoth facilities would have to be built roughly every four months. To the tune of $266 million, which is what Acciona Energia invested in this gargantua.

A 563 MW system that would dwarf Nevada Solar One is being contemplated 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles – and only 50 MW of its electricity would be generated by the arrays of parabolic mirrors which automatically track the sun in its course through the sky. Again – this is a hybrid, with natural gas being burned to drive the turbines.

Ironically, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg announced the day before the Nevada ceremony that reliance on natural gas for power generation is not only a poor choice for national security reasons, but also one of the worst possible choices for eliminating greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

“Investing in LNG infrastructure today could make sense if it helps moderate natural gas prices and keeps existing natural gas power plants running,” said H. Scott Matthews of CMU in the press release. “But making this investment ultimately locks us into certain technologies that make it harder for us to change paths in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.”

In a recent conversation with Richard K. Lester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he concurred with this assessment.

“What we have here is a convergence of three very big challenges, each one on its own that would constitute a major challenge,” Lester said. “The first is climate change. The second is the problem of our reliance on external and somewhat unreliable sources of supply of oil and increasingly gas. The third, the growth-driven increase in energy demand and the pressure that is placing on the supply and the environment. We have all three of these problems converging that will be with us over the next few decades.”

“The problem is how to navigate through this storm of events.”

And it would seem that continual reliance on these hybrid solar-assisted power plants is steering the wrong course.

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Information On Solar Panels

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A onetime investment on installing these panels and a battery can save you from paying electricity bills forever. You can’t however convert this into energy to power electrical devices. How do solar panels work? As the research continues to improve these devices that absorb the sun’s rays and with the help of a converter turn this energy into electricity the lower the cost will be for anyone who desires to transfer to clean energy. A little bit of wrong placement and fittings procedure may lead to lot of disruption. When you choose to obtain a home review program, make certain it’s a technique created by specialists with the sole intent to manual common non-technical people through the pretty beginning right until the project is up and working.

Well, if you live in a very rainy area, or one that is shaded by trees or other homes, you’re probably not a good candidate. For many homeowner’s, waging the war against electrical power supply costs has become prevelant. Their production capacity is huge and is on the rise. Once you see a solar panel diagram, you will see it’s not very complicated. solar panels for cabin. It is environmental friendly. This is going to require a specialized skill-set, but luckily it’s not that difficult to learn.

Solar power panels for the household is now one of the most rapidly rising industrial sectors across the world. This project does call for an extra pair of hands. Here we will look at why using solar panels is so advisable, how there are so many advantages, and a little bit at how they work and the science behind them. It’s really interesting to learn how solar panels really work, how and where they are manufactured, where to buy them exactly, and how to set them up at places. Its role is to convert sunlight into electricity stored in batteries or sent to, or promote the work load.

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In the second case of the crystalline silicon panels, they are normally broken into pieces and then sliced, finally being polished with doping materials. Having videos showing everything how to be done is just simply unbeatable. You need to determine the number of panels will charge your battery properly. If your system produce more energy than you use, your utility company can buy it from you, building up a credit on your account! Read reviews and ask other clients who have purchased from a manufacturer. Residential solar power is becoming more popular every day because it can help you save a significant amount of money on your energy bill every month.

The first thing that should be mentioned is that solar panels are now much cheaper in initial startup costs than ever before. solar panels for camping. Not only that but involving your family in the assembly of your new solar panels will leave them with a great sense of accomplishment and quite a bit of very practical knowledge. solar panels for boats. Not that they would not give such a guarantee, but their assurances have not been backed up by international insurers, so it was harder to sell.

This is perhaps one of the cheapest options, so for buyers on a budget who still want excellent quality, this is a great choice. Everyone can build their very own solar power generator with complete instructional videos, minimizing the cost of the installment by a lot of thousands. Modern solar panel systems are up to 4 times as efficient as those first released in the 1970s. solar panels for camping. Find out what accreditation of an installer actually means so you will be aware of the advantages and limitations that might arise with your solar installation.

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