There are many reasons to utilize Solar Energy to run your home. The benefits of a solar home installation far outweigh the initial costs. It is a fact that solar energy willsave you money and is better for the environment than traditional formsof energy. In addition to naturally saving money month to month, thereare various government federal and state incentives and rebates forusing energy renewables and efficiency.
For example, in the state of Massachusetts there is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Incentive, which is offering income-eligible residents and landlords anopportunity to increase the energy efficiency of their homes andresidences. Up to $2,600 in improvements can be made at no cost to theresident. Incentives such as this vary from state to state.
There are also many Federal incentives, such as the Energy-Efficient Mortgages, which can be used to either finance energy efficiency improvements toexisting homes, including renewable energy technologies, or to increasetheir home buying power with the purchase of a new energy efficienthome.
There are many useful facts to note about solarelectrical generation. The main household uses for solar irradiance areelectricity production and water heating. For example, the sun energycan: heat swimming pools, power cars, power cooking appliances, andother appliances.
But let’s analyze how solar generation would help an average household…
In a normal household, electric ovens, microwaves, andcentral air conditioning consume most of the electricity. According tothe US Department of Energy, in 1999 an average American household usedapproximately 866-kilowatt hours per month costing them $70.68.
Solar energy is measured in kilowatt-hour: 1 kilowatt =1000 watts. A 1 kilowatt home solar system will generate approximately1,600 kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate (receiving 5.5 hours of sunshine per day) and approximately 750 kilowatt hours per year in acloudy climate (receiving 2.5 hours of sunshine per day). Most states in the United States receive 4.2 hours to 6 hours of sun irradiance perday. Massachusetts receives 4.2 hours per day.
Solar energy is collected and stored/used in batteriesor on the electrical grid, reflected, insulated, absorbed andtransmitted. By utilizing the battery back up, a solar energy system can provide electricity 24×7, even on cloudy days and at night. It isimportant to note that a 1-kilowatt home solar system will preventapproximately 170 lbs. of coal from being burned, 300lbs of CO2 frombeing released into the atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from beingconsumed each month!
Solar Energy is the answer for preserving the environment and providingenergy at very low cost. Shell Oil predicts that by 2040, 50% of theworld’s energy will come from renewable sources such as solar power.Consider that in one hour, more sunlight falls on the earth than theenergy used by the earth’s entire population in one year.
Currently, Americans make up about 5 percent of theworld’s population and consume about 26 percent of the world’s energy.By utilizing solar energy, Americans can make great strides towardsconserving the earth’s natural energy sources such as coal, gas, andpetroleum. Solar technology can revolutionize how people live, it is aviable solution for the 2 billion people in the world who are currentlywithout electricity. In fact, many third world countries represent thefastest growing market for solar generation. Utilizing Solar Energy ismore than simply going green, it is a significant contribution towardsthe welfare of our future.
For more information on Federal and State Solar Rebates and Incentives, visit: www.dsireusa.org
For more details and facts about Solar Energy, visit: www.facts-about-solar-energy.com
2011 Massachusetts Municipal Solar Rebates
Massachusetts Commonwealth Solar II Rebates
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