Solar Solutions: Solar Panels Help Fight Impact of Methane Leaks

The impact methane leaks have on the atmosphere is catastrophic – and the US just experienced the worst leak in its history. The natural gas leak that occurred in Aliso Canyon, Los Angeles caused damage to the climate that was even worse than the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. On October 23, 2015, the leak was discovered from one of the 115 wells connected to SoCal Gas Company’s massive underground natural gas storage system. The gas storage system is the largest in the Western US, and the leak persisted after the first 7 attempts to seal it. The leak was permanently sealed on February 18th, 2016.

Methane is one of the strongest pollutants and has 84 times the global warming power of carbon dioxide.

  • The leak has released 150 million pounds (72,000 metric tons) of methane into the environment, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
  • Enough methane poured into the air every day to fill a balloon the size of the Rose Bowl.
  • The leak led to more than 11,000 nearby residents being evacuated.
  • The environmental impact is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million passenger cars.
  • Two Los Angeles Unified School District schools have closed in response to the methane leak.
  • 8,156,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide released
  • 917,790,000 gallons of gasoline burned
  • $19,193,700 dollars worth of natural gas wasted

Solar power does not expel toxins into our environment and combats the greenhouse gas buildup. Not only can solar save the environment from global warming, it is the reliable and endless resource that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Yet, solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity.

Using clean renewable energy to power our homes, businesses, and cars would eradicate the demand for methane. Becoming apart of the solar movement, using clean energy, and pushing legislation to cut methane uses are some of the immediate solutions to prevent methane environmental disasters and reduce the rate of climate change.

Become a part of the solar movement and start saving the environment and your energy costs today!

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The Age of Renewable Energy

What You Should Know About Renewable Energy The New Age of Energy is using natural resources to generate power. These resources include sunlight, wind, geothermal heat, water / tides, and biomass which are all naturally replenished. Using renewable energy as our source of power has the potential to solve global energy demands and the tomorrow’s environmental crisis. We are currently facing many challenges with energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, and rising prices of electricity, individuals and governments are being forced to progressively change how energy is produced. Creating scalable, decentralized power from renewable energy sources is the progressive change our environment – and wallets – need.

The solar energy movement is arguably the most reliable and sustainable form of renewable energy. In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Even though the solar movement is on the rise (the industry has seen over a 465% increase in installations since 2013), solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity. A variety of technologies convert sunlight to usable energy for buildings. The most commonly used solar technologies for homes and businesses are solar water heating, passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and solar photovoltaics for electricity. Thanks to federal and state clean energy incentives, many home and business owners have converted to solar within the past decade.

Energy produced from wind is captured by wind turbines. The US has the largest fastest growing wind power industry in the world. Considering it’s growth and size, the wind industry is a critical component to the Department of Energy’s strategy to expand the renewable energy market, create new clean energy technologies, and diversify the economy through the energy market.

Producing energy from water comes from several natural processes including ocean energy and the process of evaporation of rain and snow. Producing energy from the ocean comes from the tides, ocean waves, and ocean temperatures. The ocean waves are driven by the sun, wind, and tides and can be used to produce energy. In addition to tides and ocean waves, the differentiating temperatures of the ocean (warmer temperatures at the surface from sun, lower temperatures at depth) can also generate energy.

When the water vapor is transformed into rain or snow, and flows into rivers and streams, this energy can be captured by hydroelectric power and transformed into electricity. Hydroelectric power presently supplies about 10 percent of the electrical generating capacity of the United States.

Biomass has been a main source of energy since the beginning – using wood to create fire to cook food and keep warn. Biomass energy is used for power production, and to create products that would otherwise be made from fossil fuels. Although creating biomass energy produces carbon dioxide and can technically contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, it is balanced by the carbon dioxide captured in its own growth. Biomass sources include wood (largest biomass resource still used today), wood based plants, manure, crops, algae, organic components of municipal and industrial wastes residues, and debris from forestry.

Geothermal Heat

Geothermal heat comes from heat below the earth’s surface – ranging from magma miles below the earth’s surface, heat rock, or as pockets of steam or hot water (hot springs).  In the US, the majority of geothermal reservoirs are located in the western states, Alaska, and Hawaii. Energy produced by geothermal heat is either produced by power plants or from geothermal heat wells that are drilled into underground heat reservoirs for the generation of electricity or direct-use applications. The geothermal power plants uses the heat to create steam or boiling water in order to turn turbines that generate electricity. Direct-use applications include heating homes or buildings, drying crops, growing plants in greenhouses, and other industrial processes such as pasteurizing milk or heating water at fish farms.

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Smart Communities Setting Solar Trend

Smart Communities are popping up all over the US and utilizing renewable energy resources to be self-sustainable and economically successful. They consciously leverage solar energy technologies to transform life in a fundamental way that benefits homeowners, communities, and the environment. These Smart Communities are creating a platform for future housing developments and smart-grid infrastructures.

Existing Smart Communities have successfully improved performance in buildings, increased property values, and reduced community debt. The formula for these Smart Communities is simple:

Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Sustainability.

Each solar powered residence helps the Smart Community by lowering energy costs and producing clean power. Energy efficient homes collectively create a resilient, self-sustainable community. These solar-powered homes and communities will be able to power themselves locally even when the broader electric grid goes down. Independent energy production is becoming increasingly important with the rise in energy costs and erratic/unpredictable weather caused by climate change.

The existing outdated – and expensive – infrastructure powered by centralized power plants is creating the problem of greenhouse gases producing climate change. Smart Communities that offer a solution this global epidemic by producing clean energy at a lower cost.

In order for our economy to remain sustainable, the green energy movement needs to take hold by enacting legislation and adopting local and city building codes for renewable energy requirements, and informing the public of the benefits of Smart Communities and tax rebates / incentives and financial assistance available. Newly developed Smart Communities are accomplishing just that – as the innovators and participants of Smart Communities understand the importance of shrinking carbon our footprint, being independent from utility companies, and saving on energy costs. New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and California’s Distribution Resource Plans are setting the standard of moving toward green energy – which will hopefully create a trend among state governments to enact similar legislation to induce the development of these Smart Communities.

Transforming your home into a Smart Energy Residence will effectively increase your property value, save you on energy costs, and enable you to be independent from utility companies. The experts at Action Air are here for all your Solar Solution needs – from installing solar PV panels to purchasing solar battery back ups for an existing solar PV panel system. Contact us today!

Energy Efficient Technology Helps Environment and Owners

The news about environmental pollutants, disasters and the greenhouse effect is increasing in frequency, but so is the rate of innovation with energy efficient technology. The use of clean and efficient energy systems can provide a solution to the impactful issue of environmental pollutants, and save home and business owners on energy costs. At the top of energy efficient technology is solar PV panels. Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels, create independence from utility companies, and lower energy costs.

In addition to solar power, there are several more clean energy technologies that are helping the environment and saving home and business owners on energy costs:

Ultra Efficient Heat Pump Systems

The next generation of heat pump systems can reduce energy consumption as much as 30 – 45%. There will be several options for owners to chose from including fuel-fired multi-function residential heat pump, low-cost gas heat pump, natural gas heat pump and air conditioner.

 

Smart Thermostats

High tech thermostats automatically adjust room temperatures based on the individual’s lifestyle. The owner simply enables the thermostat’s settings to accommodate their comfort level and schedule, and high-tech sensors and algorithms will automatically adjust temperatures per those settings. Smart thermostats can also integrate weather fluctuations to insure your space is kept at pre set temperatures. This saves owners on energy costs, and allows for hands-free heating and cooling operation.

 

Carbon Fighting Heat Dryers

The same technological advances for next generation heat pump systems are being to create energy efficient heat dryers that will reduce energy consumption up to 60%. The dryer is fueled by a heat pump cycle that generates hot air to dry your clothes.

 

Next Generation Insulation

Keep your home insulted to it’s maximum capacity can save residential owners big on energy costs. New environmentally friendly foam has been developed that is made from composited materials and insures heat or cool air will no escape during peak seasons.
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Solar Federal Tax Incentives Extended

The federal government recently passed a spending package allowing solar tax incentives to be extended for another 5 years. The solar tax incentives allow taxpayers to receive a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This is great news for the renewable energy industry and the solar movement! The new legislation has created a boom in the solar industry by effectively encouraging residential and commercial property owners to use solar technology in their homes and businesses.

Now is a great time to transition to solar – not only does the current legislation makes it an affordable and economical option, photovoltaic panels will also increase the value of your home or commercial building. The solar usage in the US is expected to triple within the next 6 years – and has already nearly doubled since 2014. With solar panels steadily becoming mainstream, the economic value of properties with photovoltaic panels will increase substantially.

Since the Solar TAX INCENTIVE was implemented in 2006, solar installation has increased over 1,600 percent.*  The extension for solar tax incentives insures the industry’s growth, and when the amount of solar installations increase, the price per solar pv panel decreases.

From an environmental perspective, the projected growth due to the solar ITC extension will offset 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

“There’s no way to overstate this — the extension of the solar ITC is the most important policy development for U.S. solar in almost a decade,” said MJ Shiao, Green Tech Media’s director of solar research.

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*Resources

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-house-passes-1.1-trillioun-spending-bill-with-renewable-energy-tax

http://www.seia.org/policy/finance-tax/solar-investment-tax-credit Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Solutions: The Economic and Environmental Benefits

Modern society is extremely dependent on fossil fuels to create electricity for everyday necessities. Reliance on fossil fuels as the main resource for energy is impractical. Oil and coal for example, are finite resources and cannot be relied on to sustain the growing demand for energy in technologies, homes, and vehicles.

Not only are fossil fuels impractical for generating energy, they are irresponsible. The burning of these fuels emit toxic gases into the environment, which is the primary source of the greenhouse gas buildup, pollution, and climate change.

Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels and lower energy costs, here’s why.

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Solar Solution: Combating The Greenhouse Effect

Solar photovoltaic panel systems generate clean and pure energy from the sun. Solar power does not expel toxins into our environment and combats the greenhouse gas buildup. Not only can solar save the environment from global warming, it is the reliable and endless resource that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time.

In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Yet, solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity*.

The good news is that the solar movement is on the rise. Generated electricity from solar power was up 2% in 2015, which is more than a tenfold increase from 2010. To put things in perspective, if 5% of American households go solar, it would remove approximately 89,600,000 pounds of CO2 from the environment, and offset the pollution caused by the entire fleet of vehicles produced in 2007*.

Solar Solution: Economic Benefits

Because of the increasing demand for solar panel systems, more and more manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost to manufacture the panels is decreasing as a result. The government also sees solar as a solution to global warming; state and federal legislation have made solar power a feasible and affordable option for energy in the US. Not only does solar power save the environment, it also protects home and business owners from the rising utility costs.

What do you have to lose? Become a part of the solar movement and start saving the environment and your energy costs today! Call to get your Action Air Solar System installed in your home or business – our professionals are guaranteed to provide quality installation, professionalism, and efficiency.

*Resources from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic 2015

Micro-Inverters vs. String Inverters: Why Micro-Inverters are Better for Your Solar Panel Needs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image=”6146″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”appear”][ultimate_spacer height=”30″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]When purchasing solar panel systems for your home or business, an important question is asked: which type of inverter is better for my system – a micro-inverter or a central (string) inverter?

Both types of inverters convert the direct current (DC) produced by your panels into the usable alternating current (AC) that powers your electrical appliances. The difference between the types of inverters starts with how many are installed with your panel system and goes on to the short and long term costs associated with both. Let’s start with the physical differences.

Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have been around since the 1990’s and are roughly the size of an internet router. Micro-inverters are installed at each panel, allowing for maximization of the individual panel’s energy production. A PV system containing 30 panels, for example, would have 30 micro-inverters installed. There are some micro-inverters that connect to two panels, but the system would still have 15 micro-inverters total, instead of one central inverter. One of the biggest benefits of micro-inverters is that one solar panel with lower performance can’t reduce the performance of the entire system. Micro-inverters are especially useful on properties where the solar panel array is installed on multiple angles, such as roof planes that face different directions. They are also beneficial for systems that have coverage issues- such as shading, dirt, or snow. Shading on as little as 9% of a panel array that is connected to a central inverter can lead to as high as a 54% decline in total system performance. This is a big decline that can be avoided by using micro-inverters.

Central (String) Inverters

A central inverter is the typical inverter that is installed with a home solar photovoltaic panel system and is closer to the size of a large home-printer. Central inverters are also called string inverters because one inverter is connected to a string of PV panels. The central inverter is usually installed at ground level or near the breaker box. String inverters are generally more cost-effective at installation, but they are best used for solar energy systems that have zero shading at all times and have panels that all face the same way. This can limit the energy production if your home has multiple roof gables or shading from trees or structures such as chimneys. A central inverter restricts the system production to the weakest panel while micro-inverters can maximize each panel’s individual production.

Additional Benefits of Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have longer warranties since they are not exposed to the high-heat and high power loads that central inverters are exposed to. Typically, micro-inverters have a warranty of 20-25 years which is 10-15 years longer than central inverters. Micro-inverters are also easily expandable since you won’t have to restring the entire system to add more panels later. Monitoring performance reports on a panel-by-panel basis can allow minor tweaks to individual panels to keep the system running optimally. Additionally, if something does go wrong with one of the panels or the micro-inverter attached to it, the rest of the system will continue to operate. Micro-inverters are also safer due to the lower voltage of operation and they do not require active cooling, therefore they operate without noise.

Cost Comparison

Micro-inverters are more expensive than central inverters but they have many benefits that may offset the initial cost to make them more beneficial long term. Installations with micro-inverters take less time and are less complicated which can decrease the cost of installation by 15%. Micro-inverters also have better durability and longer lifespan. It is calculate the lifetime costs and lifetime energy production of the system when evaluating the long-term usefulness of micro-inverters. Each solar project is different.

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