Solar Power For Houses

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Los Angeles Solar Energy for Homes

In this brief video, solar power and net metering is explained.

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Adding Solar Power – A Lease or Buy Decision

If you are thinking about adding solar power to your home, there is one major decision on financing the solar panels. There are many solar panel installers in the market place that are offering to install solar panels on your roof “free of charge” that will reduce your electric bill. What they are really selling you is a solar power “lease” arrangement whereby the solar company installs and owns the panels on your roof. They then lease the panels back to you for a fixed rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) which is lass than your current utility bill.

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The term of the lease arrangement is generally 25 years which is the effective life of the solar panels. The solar company covers everything and all you pay is a monthly fee. This sounds easy enough, but when you look at many of these lease arrangements there is also a cost-of-living adjustment to monthly lease fee. For example, if the lease payment for the solar panels is $0.10 per kWh, there will be an annual increase of around 3%. This means you are paying $0.103 per kWh in year two, $.1061 in year three, and so on.

What is also missing in this transaction are the solar energy credits (SRECs). States offer solar energy credits for every 1,000 kilowatts created by your solar system. If you have a lease arrangement, the solar company gets the SRECs which they can sell on the open exchange. Depending on where you live, these SRECs can be very lucrative. In New Jersey, SRECs sell for approximately $215 at this writing. In Pennsylvania, they sell for $10. The length of time that you can sell SRECs varies from state-to-state also. Currently, SRECs can be sold for the first 10 years the panels are placed in service. Let’s assume that your solar system can create 10 SRECs per year and the average net sale for SRECs is $180 on average over the 10 year span — that’s $18,000 that comes to whomever owns the SRECs.

Now, if you purchase the solar panels instead of leasing them, there is also a 30% energy tax credit that accompanies the purchase of your solar panel system. That would be $6,000 on a $20,000 solar investment.

These are the factors which you should consider before installing a solar system in your home. If you look at the payback and the return on investment, the purchase option may be the way to go.


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How are solar panels made? How do they work? Can solar panels layed out on a rooftop power a house?

I want to do a little project this year, and that is to make solar panels of my own. I want to see the pros and cons of how effective solar panels are. Also what are good websites where I may obtain more information on blueprints of how they are made.



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Residential Solar Power Systems

home solar power systems

Here is someone who has used solar panels for 20 yrs or more. Yes, it does work as advertised folks!

My Solar Power System That Power My Home COMPLETELY

You can install solar panels on your house yourself.



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Why is it better to have solar panels face west rather than east?

Solar Panels should face west or south. Facing a solar panel south makes sense since we’re in the Northern Hemisphere. Why west though? Is it because the air in the west is warmer (having been warmed by more daylight) and therefore absorbs less sunlight, letting more energy get to the solar panel???




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How much does 1000 square feet of solar panels cost?

How much does 1000 square feet of solar panels cost? This is for a pool with dimensions 75ft by 25ft? How much will it cost including installation fee and the water heater?


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Can anyone recommend solar cells and solar panels for a physics experiment?

I am doing a physics experiment where I need to compare the efficiency of the two. Solar panel for radiation>heat water and solar cells for radiation>electrical energy.

Can anyone recommend me some cells and panels which have lots of information about their performance, efficiency etc?

Many thanks!


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Can you connect amorphous and monocrystalline solar panels together in a parallel?

I have a large monocrystalline solar panel I just got today and I want to hook it in parallel with a couple amorphous solar kits. There is a total of seven amorphous panels and one monocrystalline panel. Would the monocrystalline panel burn the other panels up? Just want to be on the safe side, thanks!


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Can you remove solar panels to another home?

So we will be moving to a home out in CA, the desert part where its usually 100* Degrees. So we definitly want to get solar panels to reduce energy costs considering we will have AC all day and heating in winter. But we only to plan to live there about 2- 3years. Can you move solar panels to another house?


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How to connect solar panels to batteries?

I have two solar panels that were going to be trashed at work. I want to use them to charge batteries on my RV but i noticed they put out around 20 volts in direct sunlight. So i am wondering:
-isn’t this way too much voltage for a 12 volt system?
-do a need some sort of a regulator connected to keep them from overcharging?


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