Solar Energy For Your Home

There are many benefits to solar energy…

Solar energy has been around for many years, with the earliest uses of solar being fires started by concentrated sunlight. “Photovoltaic” means “light energy”. Our sun is estimated to burn for the next 4.6 billion years, so it is considered an inexhaustible energy source, which is great for our planet! The sun won’t be going away any time soon, so why not take advantage of the energy it’s giving off everyday?

Today’s photovoltaic systems are reliable, attractive and affordable. With numerous days of sunshine annually, solar electric is a viable option to reducing your energy costs by harnessing the clean energy of the sun. Collegiate Builders Inc. is responsive, experienced, and knowledgeable working to identify energy solutions that are environmentally sound and affordable.

Solar electric systems provide a sustainable source of clean energy. By installing a photovoltaic system, you will significantly reduce the carbon emissions caused by burning fossil fuels.

Searching for a sound, low risk investment, with an ever increasing rate of return? A solar energy system on your home is not an expense; it is an investment. As a value added amenity of your real estate property, your investment is insured against loss and the value of your return on investment will increase as electricity rates increase.

There has never been a better time to choose solar for your home or business. Now your investment dollars take you further with Federal and State Tax credits on the cost of your new solar system. Collegiate Builders Inc., will identify and help you apply for all applicable financial incentives so that you are confident in your savings.

Solar Facts

  • A swiss scientist, Horace de Saussure invented the world’s first solar energy collector, or “hot box” in 1767.
  • In the 1830s British astronomer John Herschel used a solar energy collector box to cook food during an expedition to Africa.
  • Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his experiments with solar energy and photovoltaics.
  • Enough sunlight falls on the earth every minute to meet the world’s energy demand for an entire year.
  • If we covered a small fraction of the Sahara desert with photovoltaic cells, we could generate all the world’s electricity requirements.
  • All TV and communications satellites are powered by solar energy using photovoltaic cells.

 

Basic facts about solar energy:
•Solar energy reaches earth from the sun through its rays.
•Energy from the sun comes in the forms of light and heat.
•The term solar energy refers to the use of energy from the sun.
•Solar power more specifically refers to the utilization of the sun’s energy for electricity.

Facts about solar energy usage:
•Solar thermal technology makes use of the sun’s heat.
•Photovoltaic (PV) technologies convert light from the sun into electricity.
•Solar thermal technology can also create electricity by creating steam to power generators.
•The use of solar energy does not cause greenhouse gas emissions.

Other interesting facts about solar energy:
•In 1990, a solar powered airplane flew across the U.S.
•During the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci already had plans for solar concentrators in his notebooks.
•In just one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses during a whole year.

In some cases, a home or business can generate power from surrounding natural resources like a stream, waterfall, or river.

Small-scale micro hydro power is both an efficient and reliable form of energy. With the right research and skills, micro hydro can be an excellent method of harnessing renewable energy from small streams.

A wind turbine consists of a generator on top of a tower that converts the kinetic energy in wind into clean electricity.

When wind spins the wind turbine’s blades, a rotor captures the kinetic energy of the wind and converts it into rotary motion to drive the generator. A small wind system can be connected to an electric distribution system (grid-connected) or it can stand alone (off-grid).

Geothermal heating & cooling systems use the same thermodynamic principles as refrigeration.

A hot zone is created by concentrating the heat with the aid of a heat pump, and a cold zone is created where the heat is extracted. Heat collection is accomplished by either of two methods, a vertical loop system and a horizontal loop system, and the Company will install either according to circumstance and customer preference.

Solar pool heaters can drastically reduce your pool heating utility bill. A gas or electricity pool heater can cost thousands of dollars to run each year, but a solar pool heater runs for free, using the energy from the sun to heat the water.

A solar pool heating sysem will not only dramatically reduce costs, but also double your swimming season in the tri-state region. You can keep the water at your ideal temperature – up to 15 degrees warmer than normal. You can add real value to your pool and home while leading an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home meeting approximately 70% of your existing hot water needs. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free. Water heating bills can drop 50 – 80% with the installation of a solar hot water heater. Not only will you have a reliable source of hot water, you can add value to your home and earn tax credits.

Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. Pumps circulate a non-freezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that then flows into the home.

Collegiate Builders Inc., offers a complete solar electric install providing you with highly experienced Solar Technicians.

Our team of solar technicians are followed by our master licensed electrician. We are looking to offset our customer’s utility bills and design a solar package that will make economic sense and at the same time design it to perform at optimal use.

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