==== ==== How do I go Solar? Diy Starting Today......... http://bit.ly/zbH8dL ==== ==== Once the paperwork is taken care of the installer will come out & install the process over the work of a day or so. Here's a short write-up on a volunteer solar installation they did back in 2009 as part of a volunteer day with Grid Options. 90% of the work is on the outside of your house. The installers will put up a metal frame on the roof, attach the panels to the frame, they wire them together. They will also install conduits through the house or along side of the house to route the wires down to your utility panel / main circuit breaker. Next to the circuit breaker they will install an inverter & will connect the wires from the panels to the inverter. The inverter is what "inverts" the power from DC to AC, which is what is used by home appliances. Depending on where you live either the installer will do the final connection to the utility panel, or you may must have someone from your utility company come out & inspect the installation, then make the final connection. Then voila! You'll get to watch your meter spin backwards on sunny days. We have not yet addressed how to size your process. Plenty of (but not all) utility companies offer net metering for home solar energy systems. That means that in lieu of taking a look at your energy use (& production) on a month to month basis, they look at it on a yearly basis. That way your solar energy process can produce more energy than you use in the summertime months, then less than you use in the winter. That way it averages out that you'll be producing slightly less energy than you actually use over the course of a year. The reason for that is because utility companies that offer net-metering will give you credit for the energy you produce, but plenty won't pay you for energy that you produce in excess of what you use. So you could in theory zero out your energy bill for the year, but only a few utility companies will actually write you a cheque at the finish of the year. & actually, there is usually still a little every month or annual "connectivity" fee to stay attached to
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Residential solar energy is no longer for the early adopting environmentalists in Berkeley, CA or for cabins so far out of town that they are off the energy grid. Its time has come, & residential solar energy is now being adopted by the masses. A majority of the individuals who go solar are still mostly motivated by environmental concerns, but now financial goals are playing a part in their decision as well. Namely, homeowners need predictable energy costs, & going solar can provide that. On the environmental side, going solar can reduce pollution, slow global warming, reduce your carbon footprint, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, & can usually make you feel nice about the energy you are saving. read what Andrew Kin had to say about having solar panels on his town house in Los Angeles. It is inspired him to make use of less energy . Better yet, your friends may follow your lead & switch their homes to solar energy. Federal, state, & local solar rebates are bringing the cost of residential solar energy way down such that it is getting competitive with the heavily subsidized coal energy that makes up much of the grid energy. In some states like New Jersey, the incentive programs are so aggressive that a method will pay for itself in three or four years, & will finish up saving a home owner an amazing amount of money over it's 25+ year life, all the while supplying neat energy to their home. In other areas, like San Francisco, it may take closer to 7-10 years for a method to pay for itself if you buy it outright from the outset. You'd pay a bigger lump sum up front, then have an very tiny energy bill for the next 25 years & the savings from the energy bill will pay for the method in 7-10 years. Beyond that the savings are all upside & home owners often finish up saving tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands over the life of the method.
However,in case you don't need to pay for a method up front, there are several ways to get around
that. Solar leases & Solar Power Purchase Agreements (SPPA or PPA) are both gaining in popularity & availability. In both cases it is similar to leasing a automobile. You could pay $20,000 up front for a automobile, or you could pay a much lower every month lease cost, then either buy the automobile once the lease is up, or turn it back in effectively only having paid for the time you used it. With a solar lease your solar provider actually owns the method after they install it on your roof, but you pay them a set every monthly fee to lease the Usage. That smaller payment combined with your new, much smaller energy bill will usually be lower than your current electricity bill. If you go with a solar lease you will have a predictable energy bill & predictable, stable lease payment & you'll be getting neat, green, renewable solar energy. You'll even be shielded from rising energy costs. A solar energy purchase agreement is very similar in that your solar provider owns the panels, but in the case of an PPA you only pay for the energy produced then a flat rate for the lease. A lease payment is fixed, but a PPA payment fluctuates with how much power your method produces each month. But at the finish of the year a lease and a PPA cost about the same. In both cases the solar provider owns the method so they handle and any all cleaning, maintenance, warranty issues, replacement parts, etc. Usually residential solar energy systems need very little maintenance - perhaps spraying them with a hose or hiring window washers to clean them one time or two times a year. However inverters (the part of the method that turns the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is what our homes can use) do only come with a 10-year warranty and usually only last 10-15 years. Whereas solar panels come with a 25+ year warranty and usually last even longer. Therefore in the event you do buy your method, you'll likely must spend $2,000 or so after 10-15 years to replace your inverter. Whereas in the event you go with a lease or a PPA, the solar provider will cover the cost of that for you.
If you are taking a look at it from a purely financial point of view, getting a home equity loan at a low rate and writing a check for your residential solar energy method will give you the greatest financial savings/income over the life of the method. But some home owners are willing to have it be slightly less financially advantageous over the long run (lease or PPA) to not need to deal with any maintenance.
As a fast aside, some homeowners have recently started asking about whether the energy & materials used in making the solar panels off-set the benefits that the panels do by generating clean energy. In other words, how long do the panels need to produce energy for them to offset the amount of energy it took to build them in the first place. The short answer is that it only takes about a year. On top of that lots of facilities that make solar panels have giant solar arrays on their rooftops so the panels are often made with neat energy from the beginning. How about do-it-yourself? The do-it-yourself (Do It Yourself) movement is gaining momentum across many industries since in plenty of cases you can save a small bit of funds by doing something yourself. If you have read this far you are probably wondering where to start. Going solar is simpler than you think. They recommend getting solar energy quotes from several installers, then following a guide on how to compare solar quotes. Also take a glance at our list of ten things to know before you go solar. Aka how to prepare for a residential solar installation. The speedy summary is that you require to: Get a year's worth of energy bills together Spend some time thinking about the way you require to pay for the process - Finance, Solar Lease, Power Purchase Agreement, etc. Know what your motivation is for going solar Think about your roof. Is it in lovely shape, or will it need to get replaced soon? If so, it is probably worth doing that first so that you don't must remove the panels in the next few years go work on the roof. Check to see if your roof has clear sun on it all day. Ideally you require a south facing roof with no shading & a clear view of the sun all day.
(the way panels are attached, if shade gets on of them it greatly reduces the efficiency of the whole process. Although recently developed microinverters can help in that situation) Once you have selected an installer & figured out the way you want to pay for the process the rest is simple. The installer will handle all of the paperwork around permits, federal, state, & local rebates, then they will deduct those rebates & incentives from the cost of the installation. That way you get the rebate savings instantly. So why stay connected to the grid? Because the power never goes out, & if you were to put in batteries to store a few days worth of energy it would double the cost of the process. When you are on the grid (ie. connected to a utility company like you are now) the grid acts as your battery. When you produce more energy than you use it gets pushed in to the grid. Then, at night, when you are using energy but not producing any energy you can get it from the grid. Hopefully that is a comprehensive introduction to residential solar energy. So having found out what its all about, start saving today.
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