Solar Energy

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Example of a Solar Panel installation on a modern household

Solar Energy can be obtained by harnessing the natural power of the sun, the largest star in the Solar System.


Companies/Solutions

PV Market-share


Photo-Voltaic

Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar energy cells are collectors used for transferring the sun's ultraviolet energy into electricity which can power electronic devices, heating/cooling systems or other appliances found in the modern home or business.


Power Required by Device

Power can be calculated as follows:

volts x amps = watts

You can usually find the voltage and amps of a device on its power cord and/or battery. Here’s a sample list of devices that will run on 45 watts or less and the power they consume:

  • Alarm Clock-2w
  • Cordless Phone-3w
  • Fish Tank-4w
  • Mobile Phone-12w
  • Stereo/Radio-15w
  • Shaver-15w
  • CFL Light Bulb-18w
  • Nintendo Wii-18w
  • Hair Iron/Dryer-20w
  • Ceiling Fan-24w
  • DVR set top box-25w
  • 17 Inch LCD Monitor-40w
  • Laptop Computer-45w
  • Desktop Computer-70w
  • Microwave-85w
  • Flatscreen TV-100w
  • Dishwasher-125w
  • Washing Machine-300w
  • Dryer-500w
  • Central Vac-520w
  • Electric Baseboard Heater-900w
  • Air Conditioner-1200w

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Umoe Solar

Norwegian company Umoe Solar is establishing a major presence in Atlantic Canada with its Miramichi-based (silicon) Photo-Voltaic (PV) Solar Cell production plant, planned to be opened in 2013. The plan was scrapped in 2011 after the failed plant has cost taxpayers in excess of $14 million dollars.


Thermal

Thermal solar energy cells rely on thermal trapping mechanism and efficient heat transfer, most commonly to heat the air in a home or office, or also to provide hot water. Thermal solar energy may also be used to cook food in sufficiently high enough (about 38°) heat.[2][3][4]

Cansolair SolarMax240.jpg

CanSolair

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Canadian Solar

SolarWall

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Thermal Hot Water


Passive

Passive Solar overview

Passive Solar (also known as Passive Design) is primarily used for space heating and cooling and involves the strategic design of the shape and positioning of the home in relation to the sun's (rising and setting) trajectory. It has been proven that proper Passive Solar design can account for up to 35% of a modern home's heating needs, and likewise, reduce summer cooling expenses up to 35% (and could get up to 50% in the best cases).[8]



Bulletin #7219, Maine Home Energy -- Passive Solar Heating (assessment of generation potential): https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/7219e/




Tools

Solar Batteries


Solar Leasing

Solar PPAs


Resources


Tutorials

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External Links


References

  1. How to Use 12 Volt Portable Solar Powered Battery Charger: http://www.12voltsolarpanels.net/12-volt-solar-powered-battery-chargers
  2. Cooking with sunshine: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/academic/environment/alternative-energy/energy-resources/homepower-magazine/archives/7/07pg15.txt
  3. Making and usinga solar cooker: http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html
  4. Free Heat From An Old Window And Some Soda Cans (rudimentary version of SolarMax): http://ecotechdaily.com/2009/07/01/free-heat-from-an-old-window-and-some-soda-cans/
  5. http://www.goingforthegreen.net/images/cansolair%20feb%202011.pdf
  6. Calculate SolarWall savings: http://solarwall.com/en/products/savings-calculator.php
  7. Wicked Good Solar in Maine: http://solartoday.org/2015/01/wicked-good-solar-in-maine/ (used Government of Canada's RETscreen to perform cost/benefit analysis)
  8. Intro to Site-ing on North-Facing Slopes (by Don Roscoe): http://www.solarns.ca/nslopes.php
  9. RGS Energy: http://rgsenergy.com/
  10. Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof: https://inhabitat.com/teslas-new-solar-roof-is-actually-cheaper-than-a-normal-roof/
  11. Solar power has a bright future - provided sensible government policy is applied: http://tims-ideas.blogspot.ca/2013/02/solar-power-has-bright-future-provided.html
  12. The Solar Powered Cooker That Stores the Sun’s Energy for Fuel-Free Grilling Every Night: http://healthandbeautylifestyle.com/the-solar-powered-cooker-that-stores-the-suns-energy-for-fuel-free-grilling-every-night/
  13. Brilliant Newfoundlander Invents the Solution!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRZvAAqzXIw
  14. James MEANEY Solar Air Heating Panel: http://www.rexresearch.com/meaney/meaney.htm
  15. How To Make Solar Air Heater From PEPSI CAN! (60°C): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVijmurXbLo
  16. SOLAR POP CAN HEATER BUILD!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kD-oZo_OF8
  17. Build Your First Solar Power System! Beginner Tutorial Easily Explained, Budget Friendly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uobUwjCLfok
  18. Free Sun Power - basic tutorials: freesunpower.com/tutorials.php
  19. How To Test a Solar Panel - A Complete Guide & Tutorial: https://greencoast.org/how-to-test-a-solar-panel/

See Also

Energy | Renewable Energy