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How to Make a Solar Panel

Posted by admin on March 26th, 2012

Its now the time to get started, if you like to have a solar powered home. This source of
energy is highly cost effective and renewable that would not be depleted in future. It will
throw away the most energy sources we regularly use each day.

Sun is the main source of energy that powers up the solar panel and the panel will turn
the sun’s rays into an energy source or power that you can use. In the past these solar panels
have been very expensive to install at your home. they were heavy also and everyone
needed to think twice about installing these solar panels on their roofs, as the roof may
not able to carry on the weight of these heavy panels.

Due to the re-development of these solar panels there are some nice improvements. There
have been many improvements in their sizing. There are also some changes in the weight
of these solar panels. Although they are still too heavy and they are much lighter than
when they initially were developed. They have also being made more affordable. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Now the Perfect Time for Solar Panels?

Posted by admin on March 26th, 2012

If you live in Massachusetts, the answer is yes for the question of getting a solar panel for

your home or not. Due to the variety of incentives available both at the state and the federal level for solar

panels, there has never been a better time to go green with solar energy. Almost all

residential solutions have the ability and capability to pay for themselves in less than five


The price for a five kilowatt solar panel set up is around $25,000. This type of system is

going to generate just about 6,000 kWh of power annually in Massachusetts and supply

over sixty percent of the normal residential household’s electricity requirements.

Commonwealth Rebate is also available here which will deduct $2,000 off the top of the

price. But for those who reside in a modest residence or have a moderate salary, you will

likely be given another $2,000 off. In case your residence got damaged during last year’s

tornadoes, you will be given an additional five thousand dollars reduction.

You would also be given both federal and Massachusetts state tax credits. Recently the

IRS tax credit sits at 30% while the state credit is $1,000. Following the rebates together

with the tax credits, you will be able to invest in a 5 kW solar panel array for $16,000,

even less should you receive the moderate income or moderate home value adders. A

system of that size in Massachusetts should provide an average of somewhere around $80

worth of electricity monthly to get a yearly savings of $1,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Clear Solar – You Owe to Your Environment

Posted by admin on March 23rd, 2012

In olden times people used the solar energy to keep themselves warm by starting fires with it.
They use to design their homes in such a way that they were kept warm with the help of passive
solar energy. The walls and the roofs of their buildings had designed in such a way that collected
solar heat during the day and release out the same during the night to keep the house warm.

But today in recent times, French physicist Edmond Becquerel discovered photovoltaic’s in
1839 by showing photovoltaic activity. Edmond had discovered that electrical current in certain
materials could be increased when exposed to light. The first long-term practical application of
PV cells was in satellite systems. Ever since the PV’s have been a part of world-wide satellite
space programs. As the sun provides endless non polluting energy to the satellite power systems
and demand for solar cells has risen as a result of the telecommunications revolution and need
for satellites, it has become a great deal for all of us.

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The Benefits of California Solar Rebates/ Rebate

Posted by admin on March 22nd, 2012

In united states California is leading promoter for solar energy, homeowners there
receives extra incentives and rebates to install solar panels for their home. California
solar panel rebates are some of the first of their kind, rebates that back a massive push to
make California a “green” state.

Firstly, people focus on the money that can be saved through California solar rebates.
While this is an important aspect of the program to consider, there are plenty of other
benefits sparked by this project. Taking a look at the various benefits of the California
solar rebate will help you to make a decision as to whether or not solar panels are right
for your California home.

The actual rebate itself is enough of a benefit to make it a worthwhile investment for
homes in California. Any California home that installs solar panels will find a rebate of at
least $2.50 per watt saved. This is the beauty of the rebate – those who do more stand
to save more. The rebate is based on the amount of energy savings that the system will
theoretically provide.

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Affects Of Solar Radiation on Solar Power System

Posted by admin on March 22nd, 2012

As we alll know that the sun is a unlimited source of energy and enlights the earth each
day with enough power for fulfilling all our solar energy needs if we were able to harvest it.
The energy the sun provides to us covers a wide range of wavelengths and each of
them is affected in a slightly different way as the sun’s energy reaches our planet. When
the radiation of energy from the sun reaches our outer atmosphere, it is considered
to be constant. The reason for this is that the distance between earth and the sun is
a vacuum and has little impact on the solar radiation traveling through it. Once this
sunlight enters our planets atmosphere however, things change pretty fastly.

The first thing that happens to this solar radiation is that it is reflected by the various
particles of dust, water vapor and other small debris in our atmosphere. This reflection
sends some of the solar radiation that hits earth’s atmosphere back out into space and
it never reaches our planet’s surface. Of the solar radiation that does get through, some
of this is further reflected and scattered as it travels to the surface of the planet. The
portion of this scattered radiation that eventually reaches the earth’s surface is known
as diffuse radiation. This is a somewhat weaker form of solar radiation, but can still be
harvested for conversion to electricity and heat.

Some portion of the solar radiation that reached the surface of the earth without being
scattered or reflected and this type is referred to as direct solar radiation. This tends
to be the strongest form of solar radiation and can produce the most energy from
conversion to electricity or heat.

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Some Facts About Off Grid Solar Power

Posted by admin on March 21st, 2012

Many people who reside in remote places may now be able to live more comfortable
lives then that of the past, which would mean living in remote areas having no electricity.
But today through off grid solar power, that notion has changed. Off grid technology is
an efficient and affordable way that enables people to enjoy having electricity, whether
they are in mountainous areas or in big cities.

An off grid system can also be called a Remote Access Power System, which is a
technology that becomes alive because of solar energy. This kind of system also makes it
possible for energy to be stored and utilized even when just using batteries hence, in the
midst of distant areas and even brownouts, power interruption is eliminated.

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How Solar Power Works To Power Your Home

Posted by admin on March 20th, 2012

Two main types of solar power are available, the solar thermal and the photovoltaic
solar panel. Solar thermal uses the sun light’s infrared energy to heat a liquid or to warm
a mass of material that will later on release its stored heat. Harnessing solar thermal energy involves building a house in such a way to collect the sun’s heat during the day
and radiate it into the home during the evening. However, in the summer time the house’s
 solar energy converting sun light into electrical energy. The most
commonly associated component are the photovoltaic panels or solar panels that you see
mounted on roofs.

This article is focusing on how solar power (solar panels) and systems work.

Why solar  panels always are on the south (or north) side of the roof?

To get the maximum electrical output from photovoltaic panels they need to be oriented
to solar south in the northern hemisphere and solar north in the southern hemisphere.
They are the same as magnetic or compass north or south but there is about a fifteen
degree difference between them.

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How Much A Solar Panel Could Cost You?

Posted by admin on March 20th, 2012

Converting your home to run of off solar energy can be very costly and you need to make
sure you buy within your means as most consumers always asks about the price and cost
of solar panels.

Well the average price of a solar panel, to be honest, depends on your needs. The
cheapest solar panel could cost as little as $10.00 U.S.D while the most expensive could
run $2,500.00 U.S.D or higher. In order to find out your total cost you have to first figure
out what you’re doing with your home.

If you just want an auxiliary power supply to solar power your home or an external supply
for landscaping and lights then you need not pay much. These are low powered devices
which require light power. When augmenting your home your hard line connection to the
power grid handles the heaviest parts of the load while the solar panels simply provide
additional energy.

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Flexible Solar Panel – Easy Solution to Various Energy Needs

Posted by admin on March 19th, 2012

The latest developments in the solar panel technology have lead to the invention of flexible solar
panel. Flexible solar panel is a utility invention in order to help to get more and more energy
from sunlight. Today solar energy is a fast emerging as an alternative to traditional energy
generation methods that were having an adverse impact on the environment.

Among the other forms of solar panels, the square shaped polycrystalline and mono-crystalline
solar panels are hard-back and cannot be adopted to suit various available spaces. People who are
willing to install these solar panels might not always find suitable place other than the rooftops at
their homes. But in case the shape of your house’s rooftop do not support for easy solar installation of
regular panels, it is very difficult to find another area that is as large.

Flexibility comes to the rescue

In such situations flexible solar panel comes to rescue. These solar panels are lightweight,
convenient and flexible. These solar power cells are created by amalgamating amorphous silicon on
a thin plastic substrate and then binding the cells in either a polyester coating or any strong
material. Size of the panel may vary from a few centimeters to many meters depending on the
need. This makes it suitable for all purpose.

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Solar Power For Your Home

Posted by admin on March 18th, 2012

Solar power is a free source of energy you’ll just be investing in ways to use the power
of the sun when you install solar panels to power your home. And whether you want
to power your home partially or completely with solar panels, you need not be an
environmentalist to do so; in fact, most people who turn to solar power do so in order
to save money. Whatever your motivation, solar power is the “wave” of the future, and
incorporating as many solar powered elements as possible into your new home design
will pay off in the future, both in terms of saving you money on your energy bills and in
terms of resell value of your home.

Solar panels provide a great way for you to incorporate solar energy into your home.
Solar panels are used to collect sunlight and then convert that sunlight to energy that
can be used for powering your home and generating electricity. No matter where you
live, there are professionals who will come out and install solar panels in your home,
typically in the roof. You can also purchase a solar panel kit and install solar power
yourself – which is the least expensive way to get on the solar power. Keep in mind that
with the right set-up, you can generate enough power to completely power your home or
you can choose to partially power your home with electricity.

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