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.

Breaking down the LG Solar and Sense partnership

Reading Time: 4 minutes In May 2021, LG Solar and Sense announced their new partnership with the goal of empowering homeowners to make smarter energy decisions. LG has long been a household name due to their high-quality electronics and their subsidiary, LG Solar, has been no different. LG Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar panels with two residential […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In May 2021, LG Solar and Sense announced their new partnership with the goal of empowering homeowners to make smarter energy decisions. LG has long been a household name due to their high-quality electronics and their subsidiary, LG Solar, has been no different. LG Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar panels with two residential […]Reading Time: 4 minutes

In May 2021, LG Solar and Sense announced their new partnership with the goal of empowering homeowners to make smarter energy decisions. LG has long been a household name due to their high-quality electronics and their subsidiary, LG Solar, has been no different. LG Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar panels with two residential series: the NeON 2 and the NeON R. 

Sense entered the energy space in 2016 with the launch of their Home Energy Monitor. Their energy monitoring system provides you with insights about your energy usage, allowing you to make informed decisions about what devices you’re powering and when you’re powering them. We sat down with LG Solar to learn a bit more about their new partnership, and its potential benefits. 

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Key takeaways


  • The Sense Home Energy Monitor is an energy monitoring device that uses machine learning to provide you with electricity insights at the device level–which can ultimately translate to savings.
  • Sense Solar includes all the benefits of the original Sense monitor, and allows you to track the power your solar panels are generating.
  • When installed with LG NeON 2 ACe panels (which have built-in microinverters), Sense Solar integrates with LG’s EnerVu 2 energy monitoring app, and is eligible for the investment tax credit. 
  • Visit the EnergySage Marketplace to connect with pre-vetted installers. 

What is the Sense monitor and how does it work?

The Sense Home Energy Monitor is a small, red box that sits in–or around–your electrical panel (aka breaker box). The monitor includes current sensors that clamp onto the service mains in your electrical panel and are then able to rapidly read your home’s electrical current. Over a couple of days to a few weeks, the built-in artificial intelligence uses machine learning to recognize the “electricity signatures” associated with your home’s appliances and identify when each device is in use. 

You can then use the Sense app to track statistics about individual devices, including trends and costs over time. Not sure if you closed the garage door before you left? You can check your Sense app to see the last time it was operated. Is one of your devices drawing unnecessary power when you’re not even using it? The Sense app will show you this as well. If you live in any area with time-of-use (TOU) rates–in which you pay more for electricity when demand is higher–you’ll be able to enter the different rates and increase the accuracy of your electricity costs in the app. You can also set electricity goals through the Sense app and opt-in to certain notifications that will alert you if some of your consumption data seems off–such as if you’ve left the fridge door open for a bit too long or if you’re using more electricity than usual during peak rate hours! 

Sense Solar

Want to pair the Sense Home Energy Monitor with solar panels? With Sense Solar, you’ll get all of the same benefits as the standard Sense monitor, but your device will also come with two additional current sensors that will clamp onto your solar wires. You’ll then be able to use the Sense app to track how much electricity your panels are generating, and how much you’re consuming. 

Energy monitors vs. energy management systems: what’s the difference?


While the Sense Home Energy Monitor provides many insights into your electricity usage, it’s not considered an energy management system. In order to be an energy management system, it must provide both monitoring and controls. However, with Schneider Electric’s energy management system, the Square D Energy Center, you’ll have access to the Square D edition of the Sense app: the Wiser Energy system. The Wiser Energy system will provide you with the same monitoring data, while also allowing you to remotely control your devices at the circuit level as well. Check out this article to learn more about the Square D Energy Center. 

How is LG Solar’s partnership with Sense unique?

You don’t need LG solar panels to purchase a Sense Solar monitor, but doing so will provide you with some additional benefits. Specifically, the partnership is intended for homeowners looking to pair the LG NeON R ACe panels with Sense Solar. The NeOn R ACe panels are unique in that they come with built-in microinverters–and while LG is new to the game in solar inverters, they’ve long been producing inverters for their other numerous power electronics. Sense Solar will integrate with the NeOn R ACe panels and the LG EnerVu 2 energy monitoring app for their microinverters to provide even greater insight into your energy production and consumption.

Will the Sense Solar monitor save you money?

While LG isn’t requiring you to install Sense Solar with their NeOn R ACe modules, it might be worth your investment. Because Sense Solar is a functional part of your solar system, when you install it with solar panels, it’s eligible for the investment tax credit, and it will cost less than if you purchase it directly through Sense or through Amazon–for reference, the standard Sense product is $299 and Sense Solar is $349. The installation is an extremely simple process and should take less than 15 minutes. Because the Sense monitor empowers you to make smarter energy decisions, if you use the app to adjust and reduce your energy consumption, LG estimates that your electrical bill could drop by about six to eight percent.  

Explore your solar options on the EnergySage Marketplace

Just like Sense can make you a smarter energy consumer, comparing multiple quotes can make you a smarter solar shopper. On the EnergySage Marketplace, you can receive multiple quotes from pre-vetted solar installers so you can find a system that meets your needs at the right price. Specifically interested in the LG NeOn R ACe panels? Simply make a note in your EnergySage profile. Most installers of LG panels are now offering Sense Solar as an installation upgrade, so if it’s something you’re looking to add, make sure to let your installer know! 

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