|Solar Electric Power
On sunny days,
the sun shines around 1,000 watts of energy per square meter of the planet's
If you could collect that solar energy and store it in a battery
system, you could easily power your home and office for free. Photovoltics
- collecting the sun's energy for free, renewable electric power.
Take for example, a small
solar power system (under $300) consisting of:
This solar power system can
provide enough electrical power for your DC radio, laptop computer, cell
phone charger, computer modem, DVD player, TV, camera or lights, in your
greenhouse, in your motorhome, anywhere.
a 8" x 24" solar panel (about
$100) available from RV and boating sites
a 12 volt deep cycle battery
a battery box ($10)
a 12 volt DC meter. (Radio Shack
a triple DC input at an auto
parts store for $10
for AC appliances you need an
inverter. A 115v - 140 watt* inverter from Pep Boys is about $50. *Count
up the watts you need for your appliances (TV/62 watts + VCR/25 watts
= 87 watts). More powerful inverters are available on the internet.
On the other hand, a complete
off-the-grid home system with a large array of solar panels might cost
$10,000-$30,000 or more depending on your electrical usage. As with anything
else, the sky's the limit.
Electric Power Association
Solar Electric Power Association is a
network of over 150 companies, including 65 utilities, that are sharing
experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned about solar power.
Expand your understanding about solar
electric power and how it can be used by electric utilities and their customers.
Depending on how much solar power you
generate, you might even be able to sell some back to the utility company for a
profit. A cleaner and greener way of thinking.
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