Are solar panels efficient in saving money for our school?

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Are solar panels efficient in saving money for our school?

Solar panels found across the roof of our school. Even during cloudy days they still receive sunlight energy that can be stored and used for a

Solar panels found across the roof of our school. Even during cloudy days they still receive sunlight energy that can be stored and used for a "rainy" day.

Solar panels found across the roof of our school. Even during cloudy days they still receive sunlight energy that can be stored and used for a "rainy" day.

Solar panels found across the roof of our school. Even during cloudy days they still receive sunlight energy that can be stored and used for a "rainy" day.

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It has been estimated by researchers at conserve-energy-future.com that about 20% of our energy consumption around the world will be solar energy by the year 2027. Hopefully by the year 2027, our school and many others will convert to solar energy.

What is solar energy? The definition of solar energy is energy that is radiated by the sun. This energy that is radiated from the sun is collected by solar panels. Solar panels are the most environmentally friendly way to produce electricity in your home or in any building in general. What using solar energy can do is it can help prevent global warming. By burning less fossil fuels to use for electricity, solar panels don’t require the use of any fuels. Solar panels mainly rely on photovoltaic cells that can convert sunlight into electricity. The solar panels are capable of producing enough electricity to power any appliance that may be found in your house, whether it be a curling iron, a lamp, or even a refrigerator. Also, using solar energy can a contributing factor to the reduction on imported oils from other countries, saving the United States millions of dollars.

Around one-billion people in the developing world (third-world countries) lack access to a reliable solar panels in order to get electricity and power. The cost of a small-scale PV (Photo-Voltaic) Generator is almost always outweighed by the high value of access to electricity. If the U.S. Government estimates that Earth receives over 173,000 terawatts of solar energy each year, then that is 10,000 times the amount of solar energy that humanity needs. What the most efficient way to give power to third-world country would be is to place solar panels in those countries, so that, not only can they receive power, but they can also increase their education and economical systems.

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The two most widely recognized forms of technologies that are used for converting solar energy into electricity are Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). Researchers at MIT believe that they should concentrate on using grid-paneled solar-generators to replace conventional sources of electricity. By creating artificial photosynthesis machines, scientists believe that they can convert sunlight into energy and then later store it in a more natural way for later consumption. The efficiency for using photovoltaic panels is at a whopping 15%. Even though that might seem to be a low efficiency rate, plants only have a 3% efficiency rate at converting sunlight energy into energy that we can use.

So how can we use solar energy to save money at our schools? Solar panels are extremely low maintenance. You place them on your roof and you can leave them there for 30 years without having to do any maintenance. Even though during the winter school starts even before the sun comes out fully sometimes, due to the battery storage found in solar panels, you can still use that stored energy even throughout the night. The panels work through “net metering.” This allows you to sell your energy back to the utility company where the solar panels come from, so rather than you paying for them for electricity, they pay you for selling your energy to them. This could in many ways benefit schools financially. By saving money on electricity bills, the money could go to things that are more needed by the school, for example, school fundraisers, laptops and other appliances, etc. Solar energy can also help teach students about saving energy and about environmental issues. If the students see from an early age that the schools are saving energy, and that by using large quantities of electricity it can cause global warming, that can influence them to want to save energy while they’re at home. These teachable factors with using solar energy can be interpreted into teaching them certain core-class skills.

It has been estimated that schools districts spend around $6 billion annually just for electricity. Schools typically spend around 67 cents per square foot in the school for electricity. If Patterson Mill is 226,000 sq. ft. then that would bring in a whopping $151,420 electricity bill for the school. Schools can not only save money on electricity, but by using the net metering, they could also get paid for selling back their unneeded solar energy to the utility manufacturers that supplied the solar panels. Think of all the useful school-related necessities we could buy with all of that money!

Solar energy can not only help benefit third world countries by giving them access to energy sources to help benefit their educational programs, but it can help us right here at home. What using solar panels can also do is help eliminate greenhouse gases because fossil fuels no longer will have to be burnt, instead you would be using energy coming directly from the sun.

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