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Solar Panels Information

Willie Said:

solar panels?

We Answered:

I believe the best place is on a slightly sloping roof with a southern exposure is the best location to install solar panels. Contact a solar panel installer in your area for more information.

Vera Said:

how can I find information about a car powered by solar panels?

We Answered:

best 2 i found

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_car

http://www.formulasun.org/education/sele…

Tracy Said:

we are interested in some information on solar panels. Any time we look it up on a search engine no info?

We Answered:

Just got some!!! Go to solarblue.org. They are so helpful! They really take the time time to answer all questions and are very prefessional! No,not trying to sell you, but they have alot of helpful links and energy calculators. We did a lot of research before making actually going solar. After reading website after website...you get confused. I called several different places and this was the only place that toke the time to explain everything to me.

I can't believe you can't find anything on your search engines. Type in "solar" and tons of links and helpful sights should come up. ( it did when we were looking)

Good luck

Tiffany Said:

Does anyone know a good site for information on Solar Panels, Power, and all of that?

We Answered:

You should google solar installation companies that operate in California (there are 100's of them) and some of the larger ones may have branches in Mexico. Call them up and see what they can offer.

Be wary of the websites shown in the previous answer. Build-it yourself solar modules rarely work as well as advertised, and have a high tendancy to catch fire. In the US, at least, they are illegal, can't say the same for Mexico, but they are still as likely to catch fire, legal or not.

Irene Said:

How are solar panels developed and distributed in America?

We Answered:

The first link below is one of the best sites for recent news about solar panels. You should be able to find stories about solar panels under development today.

A little bit of the history:

Solar panels have been around for about 50 years now. They were first used to power spacecraft. Solar power for domestic use started to develop rapidly in the 1970's during the first oil crisis, but as energy prices fell in the 1980's solar development slowed. Most of the large solar panel makers were purchased by large oil companies who seemed not to be too interested in solar. In the late 1990's as concerns about both Peak Oil and Global Warming grew there was renewed interest in solar power and a number of new companies were started to develop new kinds of solar panels. Many of these new companies have grown larger than the older solar companies still owned by big oil companies.

Over the last 7 years or so growth in the solar market has been explosive with a compound growth rate of almost 40% per year. In 2005 the solar industry for the first time started to consume more silicon than all other electronic industries combined resulting in a world wide silicon shortage that is still with use. New silicon refineries are coming on line and the shortage is expected to diminish by 2008 or 2009.

Check out the two links below. They will help you a lot.

Jerry Said:

Information on Solar Panels?

We Answered:

These are all questions that nobody can answer without evaluating your location, building square footage, solar siting, and energy needs. You'd need to get a solar installer out to really evaluate what it would cost for your application. Don't forget though that there are ways you can make the money back faster. There are federal and often local tax incentives for solar installations, and utility companies in many states have net-metering programs in which you essentially sell your excess power back to the utility company. For a school application, you may not have very much excess power to sell back, but it would at least reduce your draw.

I would look at the US Green Building Council's website, and check out their LEED for Schools certification track. I would also call a rep there and find out what kind of funding is availalbe either through grants or loans, for school applications.

I would say as part of this project you should really push for a renewable solar energy contract with your school's utility provider as well, so that the supplemental energy that solar panels can't provide is also coming from renewable sources and not petroleum.

Also as part of this project, I would recommend looking at ways to reduce your lighting power draw in the school. Lighting power is typically the biggest energy draw in any building, schools being no exception. If you could look at daylighting options in each classroom either through light shelf applications on windows, or solatube skylights, you could greatly reduce your lighting power draw. Minimally I would look at switching over to LED lights in each classroom, and installing occupancy and/or daylight sensors in each space. LED lights are expensive up front, but they are easily able to pay for themselves over the course of their lifespan (which is much much longer than fluorescent or incandescent) both by reducing maintenance costs, energy draw costs and by keeping your cooling costs low. It's something that solar panels can't do. Daylight sensitive controls are controls that monitor the level of daylight in a room and adjust the electric lights to provide supplemental lighting if and when they're needed. Occupancy sensors are much more common, they sense when someone is in the room and they shut the lights off automatically after a minute or so if the room is empty.

Bringing down the power load in the school would be really advantageous in a lot of ways, and would really make a stronger case in my opinion for solar panels. A major solar application then would provide them with enough free energy to run the remaining energy systems with the potential for excess energy to be sold back to the utility.

Of course they should also closely examine how well-insulated the school is. They could be wasting a lot of energy on heating and cooling (probably mostly heating for normal school days) if the school is not well-insulated.

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