Innovative Solar Systems, LLC
1095 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
Solar power has the potential to satisfy the energy needs of the entire world. As the National Renewable Energy Laboratory points out, the sun supplies more energy to the earth in a single hour than the earth’s population uses in one year. In addition to being a renewable energy source, solar power does not produce carbon dioxide or other air pollutants that are characteristic of fossil fuel-based energy sources. For more solar power information, including applications of solar power and how different technologies can be used for harnessing solar energy, continue reading.
Solar Power Applications
For homes and businesses, typical solar power applications include generating supplemental electricity, heating water and providing indoor heating and cooling. These applications allow for the diversification of energy sources and improved energy efficiency. For utilities and developers, solar power can be used for generating electricity on a much larger scale and can satisfy the power needs of entire communities. Homes, businesses, utilities and developers use a variety of technologies for converting sunlight into usable power. When it comes to using solar equipment for establishing energy-supplying solar farms, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power are two of the most popular technologies.
Also known as solar cells, photovoltaic cells covert the photons in sunlight into electricity. For home and business use, these photovoltaic cells are typically incorporated into solar panels, which can hold approximately 40 cells each. The panels can be mounted on specialized tracking devices that follow the trajectory of the sun throughout the course of the day, or they can be mounted at fixed, southward-facing angles. For industrial applications, companies combine solar panels together to form solar panels arrays. Hundreds of these arrays can then be interconnected to create utility-scale photovoltaic solar power systems.
Concentrating Solar Power
Instead of converting solar energy directly into electricity, like a photovoltaic cell, a concentrating energy solar system operates more like a traditional, fossil fuel-burning power plant. Such power plants use fossil fuels as a heat source for boiling water and then use the resulting steam to spin generator turbines. With a concentrating solar power system, the fossil fuels are replaced by solar power. The three most common varieties of concentrating solar power systems are linear concentrator systems, which collect sunlight using long, curved mirrors; dish/engine systems; which use mirrored dishes to concentrate sunlight onto thermal receivers; and power tower systems, which use fields of flat mirrors that track the movement of the sun to concentrate sunlight onto tower-mounted receivers.
Sources of Solar Power Information
For more solar power information, there are several online resources available. Apart from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (mentioned above), which is operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, another great source for solar power information is the U.S. Department of Energy’s ‘Solar’ web page. The page provides a map of the country’s solar energy potential. Not surprisingly, Southwestern states like Arizona and New Mexico, which have notoriously hot, dry climates, stand to benefit the most from establishing solar farms.
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DISCLAIMER: Innovative Solar Systems, LLC is not a certified public account, licensed financial advisor or a licensed attorney. This information is intended to explain the availability of certain tax credits and other benefits arising out of the installation of a solar energy producing assets. Actual tax benefits will vary depending on specifics surrounding the end user or owner. This information is not intended as legal, financial or tax advice with respect to our available solar projects. Please consult your accountant, financial advisor or attorney for advice with respect to any tax matters or returns related to material contained herein.