Arizona Public Service Co. and first Solar announced today the completion of the 17-megawatt (MW) Paloma Solar Power Plant
The decision to use Electric Fencing situated in remote areas has been at a disadvantage due to the necessity of a regular power source normally supplied by a 12v recyclable battery. When using the larger 6 joule energisers drawing up to 500 mAmps this may be as frequent as every two weeks. Even then, as the voltage in the battery drops so does that in the fence as the energiser is a complex transformer converting the 9v to the running 6000+ volts. During recent years the development of advanced solar collection systems has changed the attitude of suppliers to this form of energy. In the past a panel could convert less than 5% of the energy available. However the efficiency of the modern monocrystalline panels run at nearly 20% and are better able to convert ambient light as well as direct sunlight to electricity. As a result a panel is no longer only suitable in the summer months and may now be used in the winter period as well.
Solar powered electric fences work by first collecting and then converting natural sunlight through special paneling named solar PV panels. This energy is then diverted to power packs (batteries) ready to be released when the energiser draws power. The arguments for installing a solar electrified fence.
1. A solar powered electric fence is able to run without access to mains electricity, this allows you to erect fences where it would usually be tough or not worthwhile. Isolated areas such as mountaintops or meadows can be contained without needing to struggle up and down every few days to replace the battery. A solar panel will energise the battery by day and the battery will provide energy to the electric fence all the time.
2. Solar electrified fences are transportable Solar powered fence energisers are easy to move if you intend to relocate your fence to a different plot. This is particularly useful should you decide to relocate cattle to graze in different areas. Unlike mains charged fences which need to remain near to a power source, Solar powered electrified fences can be taken down and re-built anywhere they are needed.
3. A battery will last longer by not being constantly drained of its charge. A battery who’s charge is maintained will last longer than one that is constantly being drained and recharged.
4. Another common problem with energisers are power surges between the main source of energy and the fence system. Solar powered chargers just do not fail this way. They can’t because they are not hooked up to the main electrical energy source.
5. The longer the section of fence you want to energise, the stronger the energiser you will need. These larger energisers will create a greater draw on the battery so a larger solar panel will be required.
When selecting a place in which to use your solar powered electric fence it is important to put thought to where to put the solar panel for the best exposure to the sun’s rays. The rest of your fence can be blocked by cloud but the panel must have access to as much direct sunlight as possible. Once you have decided on the placement of your PV Panels stop and ask yourself whether this panel will have sunlight year round or could a switch in season stop its access to sunlight. For this reason it is also advisable to check your panels once a month to ensure that they are constantly angled at an appropriate angle. In order to insure that an Electric Fence will remain functioning during the long winter months it is suggested that a larger than required panel is used. All modern panels protect the battery from over charging. A reasonable rule of thumb would be a 10 watt panel for energisers under 3 joules, a 20 watt panel for energisers over this.
There are tricks available to increase the output of a solar panel. A mirror placed so that it reflects suns rays on bto the panel will boost output. Care must be taken as it is possible to burn out the panel.
Solar power garden lights will transform your garden into a stunning outdoor space that you can enjoy at night as well as during the day. Solar power lights are easy to install since they have no wires. You can create unique walkways, small meditative areas, or use them to highlight a feature in the garden like a trellis or fountain. They cost very little to maintain so you can use as many as you like to create the garden of your dreams.
Here are some ideas from professional landscape designers to inspire you to create your own dream garden
Use solar step lights to provide soft background lighting
These are small and emit a soft white light. You can place these lights near a particular plant or tree to highlight it, or you can use them in groups to light the whole garden area softly. A semi-circle of them around a fountain will put focus on the fountain without the light being overpowering.
Or you can place them along the banks of a natural stream to shine on the water and to make it safe to walk near the water in the dark. If you want to sit and read in your garden at night soft step lights around your favorite chair will give you enough glow to read by without being blinding. They can be very versatile for decorating.
Create your own garden paths
Instead of just lighting the main path through the garden use short solar power garden lights to create winding paths throughout the entire garden. Because they are wireless you can place them even in the most dense parts of the garden. Change the paths whenever you want because they are easy to move and install somewhere else. You can even create mazes for holidays like Halloween.
Create an outdoor conversation area
Sitting outside in your garden to talk with friends at dusk or in the evening is a lovely way to enjoy your garden. To create an inviting outdoor conversation area, add some sturdy seating, such as cane chairs or wicker chairs to a small clearing in your garden.
Place solar lights at different heights behind and next to the furniture. You can even hang some solar lanterns in the trees to softly illuminate the area. Make sure that you place some lights along the path to the conversation area too so that the area is easy to find even in the dark.
The solar power garden lights will provide enough light for you to see your friends and to see the beautiful garden all around you, without being so bright that the light is blindingly uncomfortable.
Solar energy is rapidly gaining market share, as more and more governments around the world encourage their citizens into producing their own energy, through tax benefits and subsidies for people using this sustainable source of energy. The environmental benefits are obvious, and due to evolving technology, solar power can provide energy to your home and actually make money through the Feed-in Tariff.
It is important to have a basic understanding of how the solar system works, and how it will affect the supply of electricity to the device and appliances that run in your home. Homes with solar power and homes with traditional fossil fuel generated electricity both use the same 240 volt alternating current. However, the problem is that there are differences in the equipment, and wiring used by both sources of power.
When setting up your home for solar power, the wiring systems involved are a fairly specialised and should not be installed by anyone who has not received training. If wiring is not done properly, electrical devices that run from a solar powered home may not function safely. You also need to ensure your solar panel system is installed by an MCS accredited installer otherwise you will not be able to claim the Feed-in Tariff.
You may have to pay for the new systems used to safely power and distribute the electricity generated by your solar panels. But as previously mentioned, the Feed-in Tariff system means any initial expense would pay for itself in just a few years. Even if you have free solar panels installed and do not benefit from the Feed-in Tariff, the amount of money saved on energy bills, would justify any expenditure.
There are many companies across the UK who will install a roof top solar system on your home, free of charge allowing you to save on your electricity bills without the initial cost of buying the solar panels. Therefore solar panels are likely to increase the value of your home because it will not only be more attractive to any future residents for being more energy efficient but they will continue to save on their electricity bills making the home cheaper to run than a home without solar panels.
By installing solar panels you will be doing your part in preventing climate change, and saving money in the process. With around 50% of your electricity coming from the sun, you and your family can reduce the cost of your electricity bills, and therefore your carbon footprint, in half.
What are solar powered car accessories?
We use these usual car accessories on our cars. It includes a number of different devices such as cellphone chargers, heat exhausts, and a number of different devices that we could add up to our vehicle. It might seem similar to the normal stuff that we used. However, behind it, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. These are very important devices that we strongly recommend you to use because there are many benefits on using it. You will not be just doing it for your own personal benefit but you would also become a part of large scale campaign against global warming. We will explain it to you further so that you would come into realization how important it is.
Why is it important to use these devices?
Normal car accessories use power from the car’s battery. They need that to function. However, the battery alone is not the only thing that powers it but the car’s engine as well. We will not explain the deeper details about it but the more you use these accessories, the more fuel you use. In addition, if you use more fuel, you become a major contributor on global warming and pollution. Fuel is extracted from fossil – based minerals. These things produce a dangerous carbon gas byproduct that is responsible for global warming. That is the reason why it is important to use an accessory for your car that does not run on it. These alternative group of accessories run on solar power. As we all know, solar power is the best alternative energy source ever. It is very clean, it is sustainable, and it is free. Using it as the main energy source for your car accessories cuts down your fuel use, thus, you cut down the cause of global warming.
Where can you get these devices?
It is no longer difficult to find solar powered devices such as these car accessories. They are almost available at every car accessory shop anywhere in the world. Thanks to the immediate action of manufacturers, which is the result of understanding the urgency of this matter? Solar powered device used to be expensive. Nowadays, you can get it for a very reasonable price. That is why there is no reason for you not to buy and use it.
If you own a car, you must be responsible enough to be aware of the solar powered alternatives available for you. It might seem that the deed is insignificant but if many people would do it, and then you would see the positive results in a large scale. Start the change from within.
Every day people in Canada hear on the news about the high cost of electricity and its production and the problems with the environment.
One way to deal with both is to use alternative power sources. These include solar, wind, tidal and hydro. The focus here is on solar.
There have been Canadians who have used solar power on an individual basis for years. They have found it to be practical in their lives and homes and to meet their needs. Having solar power in individual houses is a good thing, and a good start. For a bigger impact in clean energy it needs to be on a larger scale.
The question then becomes is it feasible for Canada, as a nation, to start using more solar power? The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Despite the preconceived notions of many non-Canadians that it is a country covered in snow, trees, mountains and polar bears that isn’t the way Canada really is. There are plenty of places that get more than enough sunshine to power thousands of homes. Southern Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies are excellent places for large scale solar farms.
In fact, the world’s largest solar farm is in Sarnia, Ontario and provides power to more than 12,000 homes. This is because Ontario government has a cutting edge program called FIT, or Feed-in-Tariff. This program was made to encourage people to develop renewable energy sources on both a small and large scale. With this kind of encouragement it isn’t surprising that solar power usage in Ontario is on the rise.
Probably the best place in Canada to use solar power would be in the small northern villages and towns. Most people in those towns and villages rely on diesel for fuel and heating oil for heat. Those prices are already high and they only get higher when adding in the price of transportation. That means that people are very careful about their electricity usage. If a shipment of diesel can’t make it to town there will be people using less electricity because there won’t be enough fuel for municipal or personal generators.
Solar is a good alternative in this situation. Part of that is because the power generated by the solar panels get stored in batteries. It doesn’t go straight into the house’s wiring. This means that power that is in the battery could have been produced hours or even days prior. Depending on the amount of panels and what their power ratings are, batteries can be filled in as little as a couple of hours. While the panels do need clear access to the sky, even weak sunlight can create power. In those areas it would be necessary to angle the panels to take the most advantage the Sun, no matter the season.
In the past most of the solar power use in Canada hasn’t gone into the production of power, but into things like drying wood and heating water. That is starting to change and Canada is rapidly becoming one of the world’s leaders in the use of solar power.
The power of Nature has been of immense advantage to the entire human race. The eternal sources of wind, water and sun are essentials of all living creatures on this planet. The radiant energy from the sun has been harnessed since ancient times of human history. This has been made possible by using high-end technologies. The radiant light and heat of the sun account for the most abundant, renewable energy on planet earth. Using this natural source of energy in an appropriate manner can be of immense advantage to human life.
The most valuable benefit of solar energy is the fact that it is forever there! The sun rises and sets everyday its power can never be lost until the power of nature exists and this makes sun power a renewable source of energy. Being environment friendly it keep us away from harmful gases, released into the air by natural agents like fossil fuels that give out hazardous gases like carbon dioxide, carcinogens etc. Solar cells do not release anything like such into the air.
Solar energy gives exceptional power with zero or no maintenance. Solar panels consist of no moving parts, no worries about replacing anything, and so solar power proves to be an extremely reliable source of energy. It is also one of the most silent sources of energy. There is a varied range of sun panel systems available that cater to every user. Prices also vary; some are expensive while some can easily fall under a common man’s budget. However, there is the initial investment after that all is to one’s own benefit. Once a panel created, you will not be required to connect to a power grid. You can free yourself of paying monthly bills and be self-sufficient! What more? You also get a rebate from the government! Anyone purchasing a solar panel system is privileged of getting some kind of tax benefit or incentive from the government. This is an initiative from the apex body to encourage solar power and its benefits amongst people.
INVESTMENT IN SOLAR ENERGY
Solar technology is continuously improving. Its installations are increasing by an incredible 50% every year. Investment in solar energy companies is a lucrative option. Solar power has always been popular. There has been a remarkable increase in investment in this sector. Over the next few years this sector will see tremendous growth. This is the right time to buy stock of solar companies, if you have not invested earlier.