Solar Panels

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  1. adverdsmith
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    Solar Panels, generally comprising of arrays of Photovoltaic Cells, use the solar energy directly from the Sun to generate electricity for our daily use. Being environment friendly in nature, they collect the solar energy which is available in abundance on our planet and convert it using the advanced technology developed by human beings.
     
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    Solar electric

    grid-tied, or utilityinteractive (UI), grid-intertied solar-electric systems generate solar electricity and route it to the electric utility grid, offsetting a home’s or business’ electrical consumption and, in some instances, even turning the electric meter backwards.
     
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    Photovoltaic

    People have gradually realized the worth of solar panels and are also being encouraged by the government to opt for solar panel based systems, setting up solar power plant for big industries and using other products such as Photovoltaic Modules, Silicon Solar Cells, Silicon Wafers, Solar Lanterns, street and home lighting systems and Solar Water Heater etc.
     
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    Solar PV

    Let's take a look at what a solar PV system comprises of, then we'll explain how the solar panels work. Solar Power Generation Systems begin with the solar module. Solar modules capture solar energy and generate direct current (DC) electricity.
     
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    Feed In Tariff

    The Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) Order 2010, as amended (“The FITs Order”) provides for the annual determination by the Secretary of State of a number of matters necessary for the functioning of the FITs scheme.
     
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  6. Silver Raven
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    Advertising smith - so ? ? ? what's your point - I see you've put this in several places - WHY ??? What are you trying to tell us ??? That we don't already know ???

    If this is 'spaming' & I seem to think that - - that is possible - then edit it out & go sailing. PLEASE ! ! ! Ciao, james
     
  7. mydauphin
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    Ah just what I was looking for a definition of a solar panel.
     
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    What is this all about? We all know how it works. Are you selling something?
     
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    Can't see any boat in that story.
     
  10. Kay9
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    Not a very good definition at that.
     
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    A slightly different take...

    Solar Panels, generally comprising of expensive arrays of Photovoltaic Cells, that capture the solar energy directly from the Sun on a cloudless day to generate very little electricity for some devices. Being mostly environmental friendly in nature, except in its manufacture, they collect the solar energy which is available in abundance for a handful of hours a day unless you have a power consuming device to rotate them, that has to be further stored in batteries and then reconverted via an inverter to AC to us in our advanced technology developed by human beings which we have become too dependent on.

    By the way, I am prosolar energy. I have 4 panel and use it every day on my boat. But I want to set it straight, it has its uses, it is not a panacea or practical for a lot of uses.
     

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    Hi.
    I've had Solar on my yachts for over 30 yrs, Have 2 x 40w BP units on carport roof to feed trailerboat battery's. Both around 28\30 yrs old.
    5 panels on my caravan. and 4.2kw on roof of house..
    You have to realise that Grid connect is fine. PROVIDING you can put enough up there to cover your total usage. or near to..
    My yachts. with Wind Genny's too. were fully solar self sufficient. Apart from Desal.
    that was AC. and ran from a small genny.

    4.2kw feeds our house of two. Washing mach. etc usage after sun gone down.
    They pay us 44c per kw imported into grid till '2018. contracted.
    we pay. at moment 12c per kw for usage.
    Works out good and practical.
    The electric power bills can rise as much as they like we only pay for service of. Not consumption.

    Ther is another type of non passive panel being developed here at moment.
    google "V3 Solar press releases".
    Could be the way for the future.
    witches hat type. rotating. 1m high 1 m circ = 1 kw. and direct mains.
    No need for Inverters..
    A few of them on my pool deck roof when on the market.
    Will cover the costs of my Pool Heater. which The house panels don't cover.
    Nor were they ever expected to..

    Solar. for your boats make you a lot more comfortable. Specially with a small genny and
    decent AC Batt charger for **** weather.and the Radar

    I have Evacuated tube water heaterand Solar on roof of house.
    Hot water is free for the heating of.
    and the Electric co pays me, on average. $250\260 per quarter...

    I'll never recoup it back. but security from supplier is nice.
    and if necessary I can disconnect from grid and be self sufficient
    with a battery pack. and my 3.5kva Genny.
    if anything untowards happens.

    $14 grand. plus battery bank if necessary.

    My house is fully self sufficient power wise. plus we have a bore in back garden. and desal unit from last yacht..
    And if it burns down. (Solid double brick, and concrete.) We have the 21ft caravan to step in to.
    Plus we live on side of hill around 150ft up. and 15 min walk from beach.
    At least we'll see it coming as it rolls in over the islands hey.

    We're right on Tropic of Capricorn. East Coast of Australia. Looking out over the Keppels. Nice little paddock...
    Retired from Yachts....

    I'm not selling it. Solar.
    But as a long term user. It's worth pushing.. you'll ALL benefit from it in the future.
    47 houses in our cul-de-sac 41 have solar..

    Roger next door 5 kids $1000ish a Quarter electric bill.
    5.2kw on roof. Electric bill now expected to be in black\credit.

    It's worth while...For boats. caravans and houses....

    Macka
     
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