May 24

Easy Tips To Streamline Solar Panel Installation

A solar panel in your home is probably the most rewarding thing you can do. Not only can you save up on electricity, but you’ll also help the environment. What else can you ask for?

Wait, there’s more. Since the year 2000, the average residential price per kWh in the U.S. has been rising faster than inflation. I believe electric rates will continue to rise. Why? For one thing, rate caps now in place in some states will be removed allowing rates to climb. For another, world-wide demand for fuel has been outstripping supply, and the prices paid by utilities for fuel are governed by supply and demand. While the current downtrend has provided some welcome relief, the long-term trend will be upward when the world resumes its anticipated economic growth.

Examine the inverter once in awhile in case you have solar panel systems to your house. You will want to get a green light. Call your technician if you find some blinking or notice some lights are off. Most homeowners should not have the knowledge needed to trouble-shoot solar power panel problems.

The Mosaic Company (MOS) returned to the Zacks #1 Rank Top Performers List last week with a gain of almost 15%. Earnings estimates for the producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients continue to move higher, especially for fiscal 2009. Expectations for the year ended May 2008 are up 3.3% in two months, but estimates for the year ending May 2009 have advanced 35%, including a rise of almost 4% in just the past seven days. The company, and its industry, moved higher last week due to high demand, especially rising corn prices.

Iacocca, now 84, today is devoted to philanthropy, working on causes including controlling health care costs, developing alternative energy and building more hybrid vehicles. You can visit his Web site here.

Though it is tempting to go for the cheapest price this is not always advisable. In many instances you get what you pay for. You should look for competitive pricing without feeling you are getting “a bargain” or “being ripped off”.

In dealing with solar panels for house lighting, there is typically some form of state and federal incentive program to help alleviate the initial cost. You should also check with your local utility provider to see if they provide any incentive programs for people interested in installing solar panels on their home. Once you figure out how much you can expect in rebates and incentives, subtract this amount from your original cost.

Panels use solar cells. Now, you may be thinking “what is a solar cell”? It is a collector that helps turn sunlight into electricity. There are many kinds of solar energy systems made up of many cells. There is a car that runs off of panels as well as panels on solar lights. Whenever farmers build an electric fence, they use solar panels to keep the wire hot. In the phrase “keep the wire hot”, I mean keep electricity going through the wire.

Off-grid solar energy kits are being used to power homes in Ethiopia. Those same kits could be put to use in a number of ways here in the states that you may have not considered.