RENEWABLE ENERGY: THE CLEAN FACTS

Wind and sun oriented are controlling a perfect energy transformation. This is what you need to think about renewables and how you can help have an effect at home.
Solar Energy
Solar Energy
Sun powered, or photovoltaic (PV), cells are produced using silicon or different materials that change daylight straightforwardly into power. Disseminated galaxies create power locally for homes and organizations, either through roof boards or local area projects that power whole areas. Sun based ranches can produce power for a large number of homes, utilizing mirrors to think daylight across sections of land of sunlight based cells. Drifting sun based homesteads or "floatovoltaics" can be a successful utilization of wastewater offices and waterways that aren't naturally touchy. Sunlight based supplies somewhat more than 1% of U.S. power age. However, almost 33% of all new creating limit came from sun powered in 2017, second just to petroleum gas. Sun oriented energy frameworks don't create air toxins or ozone depleting substances, and as long as they are dependably sited, most sunlight based boards have not many natural effects past the assembling interaction.
Wind Energy
Wind Energy
We've made considerable progress from older style wind plants. Today, turbines as tall as high rises with turbines almost as wide in measurement prepare for action all throughout the planet. Wind energy turns a turbine's sharp edges, which takes care of an electric generator and produces power. Wind, which represents somewhat more than 6% of U.S. age, has become the least expensive fuel source in numerous pieces of the country. Top breeze power states incorporate California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa, however turbines can be put anyplace with high wind rates like ridges and open fields or even seaward in untamed water.
Hydroelectric Power
Hydroelectric Power
Hydropower is the biggest sustainable power hotspot for power in the United States, however wind energy is before long expected to assume control over the lead. Hydropower depends on water commonly quick water in an enormous waterway or quickly diving water from a high point and converts the power of that water into power by turning a generator's turbine sharp edges. Broadly and globally, huge hydroelectric plants or super dams are frequently viewed as nonrenewable energy. Uber dams redirect and decrease common streams, confining access for creature and human populaces that depend on waterways. Little hydroelectric plants (an introduced limit underneath around 40 megawatts), painstakingly oversaw, don't will in general reason as much natural harm, as they redirect just a negligible portion of stream.
Biomass Energy
Biomass Energy
Biomass is natural material that comes from plants and creatures, and incorporates crops, squander wood, and trees. At the point when biomass is singed, the compound energy is delivered as warmth and can create power with a steam turbine. Biomass is frequently erroneously portrayed as a spotless, inexhaustible fuel and a greener choice to coal and other non-renewable energy sources for creating power. In any case, late science shows that numerous types of biomass particularly from backwoods produce higher fossil fuel byproducts than petroleum derivatives. There are additionally unfortunate results for biodiversity. All things considered, a few types of biomass energy could fill in as a low-carbon alternative under the right conditions. For instance, sawdust and chips from sawmills that would some way or another rapidly deteriorate and discharge carbon can be a low-carbon fuel source.
Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Energy
In the event that you've at any point loose in an underground aquifer, you've utilized geothermal energy. The world's center is probably just about as warm as the sun's surface, because of the sluggish rot of radioactive particles in rocks at the focal point of the planet. Penetrating profound wells carries hot underground water to the surface as an aqueous asset, which is then siphoned through a turbine to make power. Geothermal plants commonly have low emanations on the off chance that they siphon the steam and water they use once more into the supply. There are approaches to make geothermal plants where there are not underground supplies, but rather there are worries that they may build the danger of a seismic tremor in regions previously viewed as topographical problem areas.
Nuclear
Nuclear
Atomic force, the utilization of supported atomic parting to create warmth and power, contributes almost 20% of the power produced in America. The United States has utilized atomic force for over 60 years to create solid, low-carbon energy and to help public protection exercises. The Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy's essential mission is to progress atomic force as an asset fit for making significant commitments in gathering our country's energy supply, ecological, and energy security needs. By zeroing in on the improvement of cutting edge atomic advances, NE upholds the Administration's objectives of giving homegrown wellsprings of secure energy, lessening ozone depleting substances, and upgrading public safety. Atomic force stays a significant piece of our country's energy portfolio, as we endeavor to diminish fossil fuel byproducts and address the danger of worldwide environmental change.
Bioenergy
Bioenergy
Biomass is a natural environmentally friendly power source that incorporates materials like farming and timberland buildups, energy yields, and green growth. Researchers and architects at the Energy Department and National Laboratories are discovering new, more productive approaches to change over biomass into biofuels that can replace ordinary fills like gas, diesel, and fly fuel. Bioenergy can help guarantee a monetarily strong and secure future while decreasing natural effects through: 1.Developing moderate homegrown fills and co-items 2. Propelling clean fuel sources 3.Generating homegrown responsibilities to help the development of the U.S. bioeconomy. Innovative work to change inexhaustible carbon and waste assets into feedstocks for transformation to biofuels, bioproducts, and bio power will reasonably grow biomass asset potential in the United States.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) centers around exploration, advancement, and exhibit of hydrogen and power module advances across various areas empowering development, a solid homegrown economy, and a perfect, evenhanded energy future. Hydrogen is the least difficult and most bountiful component known to man. It is found inside water, petroleum derivatives, and all living matter, yet it seldom exists as a gas on Earth—it should be isolated from different components. There are different homegrown assets that can be utilized to deliver hydrogen, including renewables (wind, sun oriented, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal energy), atomic force, and petroleum products (like flammable gas and coal – with carbon catch and sequestration). The U.S. at present creates in excess of 10 million metric huge loads of hydrogen each year, around one-seventh of the worldwide inventory.

DIY… Solar Panels? Let’s Talk About It

There are clear benefits to doing things yourself. The main benefit is saving money. There are many others, however, including learning a new skill, getting those creative juices flowing, and even finding a new hobby. But when we heard “DIY” and “solar panels” in the same sentence together, we had to check this out for […]

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There are clear benefits to doing things yourself. The main benefit is saving money. There are many others, however, including learning a new skill, getting those creative juices flowing, and even finding a new hobby. But when we heard “DIY” and “solar panels” in the same sentence together, we had to check this out for […]

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There are clear benefits to doing things yourself. The main benefit is saving money. There are many others, however, including learning a new skill, getting those creative juices flowing, and even finding a new hobby. But when we heard “DIY” and “solar panels” in the same sentence together, we had to check this out for ourselves.

As a company that owns our own utility-scale solar farms and provides electricity powered by that same solar, we were skeptical about these so-called DIY kits being offered on the market. After all, home solar installations can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size you want. Plus, it sounded a little too much like a science fair project. 

But yes, you can indeed install your own solar power system at home, both ground-mounted and on your roof. However, the question remaining is: Should you? 

Well, yes and no, depending on what applications you’re looking for. Let’s talk about the benefits of building your own solar panels, what application you’d use to do such a thing and whether it’s worth it in the end to just call a certified solar installer. 

Why Would You Build Your Own Solar Panel System?

Forewarning: we’re not a solar panel installer, and we can’t speak to exact amounts of how much installations cost and how much the market price of solar panels is at the time of this article. However, as a solar energy company, we can speak to the feasibility of installing solar systems and whether we think you should dive into building your own.

Having a professional install something costs money. If you’re considering DIY’ing your solar panels, this clearly isn’t your first rodeo. However, home solar panels aren’t your typical set of IKEA furniture where you can essentially furnish and build an entire house.

Solar panels are intricate and require a certain amount of trade knowledge to install them correctly. Therefore, to save money, you must spend time researching and carefully following the directions on your solar installation kit. What you save in cash might not be worth the time it takes to accrue the knowledge you need to do the job right.

That said, if you’re installing a panel system on, let’s say, your RV, boat or tiny house, then the process is much less complex than in a multi-panel system that must be wired into the electricity grid. Therefore, it might be worth looking into.

Bottom line: If it’s a small, off-the-grid project where you don’t need to wire your panels into the electric grid (e.g. your home), then many agree it may be worth it to expend a few hours to learn how to set it up yourself. However, if you’re looking for rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar or any other system that requires net metering, then we strongly believe it’s better to get it installed professionally. 

How Much Would I Be Saving to Install Them Myself?

Now that we’ve established DIY solar panels are for small, off-the-grid solar projects, let’s get into the costs. You’re probably not going to be satisfied with this answer, but it truly depends on which company you go with and how big (or little) your installation is. 

Our recommendation? Get a bid first — it can’t hurt to know how much it’s going to cost. In fact, you must know how much it will cost a professional to truly know how much you’ll save. Every solar installation is different, so knowing how much yours is will matter. 

How Much Does It Cost to Install Solar Panels in General?

It depends on many factors — too many to fit within this post, as a matter of fact. Thankfully, we’ve already done the work for you. We have an entire article on the costs of solar installations over on our Chariot University page. Check it out! 

Any Additional Considerations You Didn’t Include in That Article? 

Yes! If you’re going to truly be “off the grid” — meaning you don’t have an electricity plan or are paying for power — then you will need a battery bank for when the sun isn’t shining. Unfortunately, scientists have not figured out a way to generate electricity with solar panels at night (except when the moon is really bright), so when it gets dark, you will be without power unless you have a battery backup system.

Energy storage is a booming industry, and we have an article discussing the many different forms of energy storage. However, for a DIYer, you’ll probably want a lithium-ion storage pack, which is a hefty cost. Sorry, but if you are looking to go off-grid, then it’s worth looking into.

Is DIY Solar Worth It? 

We can’t really answer that for you — but we can say many people have done it successfully! For small, off-the-grid projects, it is more likely you’ll save money and do the job right. However, for bigger projects or projects that require you to have an electricity plan with it, then probably not.

In all cases, you should get a quote from a reputable solar installation company. Even if you are not going with them, it’s helpful to see what you would be saving and determining whether it’s worth it to you to risk installing it wrong or to spend a few extra dollars and get it right. 

And there’s always companies, like Chariot Energy, who supplies 100% grid solar without the panels and for those already with solar panels! If you’re considering solar for your home or business, it’s worth it to check out our prices to see how they stack up. Who knows? You might like it better! 

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