Solar Technological Advancements

While solar may seem like a revolutionary technology, its humble beginnings are more than 100 years old. Solar technology has been around since the late 1800s and has made significant advancements since then. There is so much more to solar than meets the eye. Aside from the typical uses like adding panels to a home, in a field or business, 2021 was a fantastic year for newly invented solar technology.

Let’s take a look!

Floating Photovoltaic Solar Panels

An emerging technology in the solar industry is floating solar photovoltaic systems (FPV). These are placed directly on top of bodies of water rather than a rooftop or land. The idea was first introduced in 2017, and a recent report from Technavio shows that “the FPV market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 31% from 2018-2022. 52% of the growth will come from the Americas.”[1] The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 24,419 human-made bodies of water across the country have the potential for FPV systems.[2]

Why are floating solar panels so popular? Here are a few key reasons:

  1. No Loss of Valuable Land and Space– The biggest advantage to floating solar panels is they do not require land or valuable space. These panels can be placed on bodies of water such as resiviors, hydroelectric dams, wastewater treatment ponds and drinking water resivioirs.[3]
  2. High Panel Performance– Solar panels are extremely durable and can perform in high temperature areas. However, with some electronics, the higher the heat the lower the power output. With solar panels placed on bodies of water, this can help keep them cool and help the panels consistently perform well, even in warmer weather.[3]
  3. Environmental Benefits– Floating solar panels are not only kept cool by the water underneath, but they also provide shade which helps reduce evaporation from the pond or resi Shade also helos reduce the presence of algae in these bodies of water.[3]

Solar Lighting

Local governments nationwide are beginning to use solar-powered LED lighting to brighten their streets and walkways. By switching streetlamps to solar-powered lighting, neighborhoods can cut down their cost of electricity, benefit from being off the grid, enjoy low maintenance (aka, never having to change a light bulb) and reduce their carbon footprint

All of these factors benefit the environment and humanity, leaving behind sustainable solutions and a greener future for generations to come.[4]

Photovoltaic Noise Barriers

While this term may sound a little intense, PV noise barriers are truly an ellegantly simple solution for one of the most pressing environment issues: noise pollution. If you are unfamiliar with noise barriers, they are “an exterior structure designed to protect inhabitants of sensitive land use areas from noise pollution. Noise barriers are the most effective method of mitigating roadway, railway, and industrial noise sources.”[5]

In laymen’s terms, noise pollution is any unwanted, manmade noise in the environment that can cause harm to humans, animals or the environment itself. For example, trucks and cars flying by on a highway are an example of noise pollution. Locals who live near a highway or busy street can be subject to loud and unwanted sounds that can cause hearing damage overtime or cause distractions.

The approximately 3,000 noise barriers lining U.S. highways provide amble space that can be used for solar energy production. It is even estimated that these barriers can be used to produce 400 GW of power each year. With new innovative developments, double-sided solar cells can be used to increase the performance level of the panels in any position.[6]

So, with all this extra real estate available on America’s highways, it is kind of a no-brainer to put it to good use! Adding solar panels to the noise barrier or dividers is a great way to generate clean energy without taking up useful space!

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) serve a dual purpose. BIPV act as both the exterior of a structure and generate electricity at the same time for either on-site power or power sent to the grid off-site. According to SEIA, “BIPV systems can provide savings in materials and electricity costs, reduce pollution, and add to the architectural appeal of a building.”[7]

Not sure what building integrated photovoltaics are supposed to look like? Take a look at the image below!

As you can see, solar power has come so far since its discovery by Edmund Becquerel in 1839. We now have the ability to harness the power of the sun practically anytime, anywhere.

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[1] https://www.nrel.gov/state-local-tribal/blog/posts/floating-solar-photovoltaics-could-make-a-big-splash-in-the-usa.html

[2] https://www.nrel.gov/state-local-tribal/blog/posts/floating-solar-photovoltaics-could-make-a-big-splash-in-the-usa.html

[3] https://news.energysage.com/floating-solar-what-you-need-to-know/

[4] https://www.sepco-solarlighting.com/blog/5-new-solar-power-technologies-in-2021

[5] https://www.dot.state.mn.us/environment/noise/about.html

[6] https://www.dot.state.mn.us/environment/noise/about.html

[7] https://www.seia.org/initiatives/building-integrated-photovoltaics#:~:text=Building%2Dintegrated%20photovoltaics%20(BIPV),architectural%20appeal%20of%20a%20building.

 

Tips for Spring Cleaning + Saving

It is hard not to think about the upcoming spring season as we burn through the last days of winter! When you think of spring, what do you think of? Many homeowners will say, “ugh, cleaning!”.

What if we told you there was more to spring than just cleaning out your garage? Here are a few tips and tricks that will have you springing into action when you learn about the potential savings!

Go LED with Lights

Picture it. Soft, bright and natural lighting options that last for years and helps you save on your utilities. This fantasy isn’t a dream, but it’s a reality when you switch the bulbs in your house to LED bulbs.

Did you know that “LEDs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.”[1] This means that you’ll spend far less over time when you switch to LED lighting. These futuristic lights are available for indoor and outdoor use, and the good news? The cost of LED lighting has also decreased dramatically since they have entered the market, and are expected to continue declining. While incandescent bulbs are cheaper on a short-term basis, LED bulbs will help save you more money in the long run because they last longer and require a very low amount of energy for use.[2]

Garage Sale

One of the most popular activities when it comes to springtime is an old-fashioned garage sale. Having a garage sale is a great way to make a little extra money, free up some space and, believe it or not, help the environment. Garage sales are the homeowner embodiment of the classic green motto “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

According to the New York Times, a well-thought-out garage sale can generate about $500 to $1,000 in profit.[3] If you don’t care as much about making a quick buck, you could always donate old clothes or toys to a local shelter, organization or church. Once this step is all said and done, you have potentially profited from the garage sale, freed up space or repurposed old items for further use. What could be better?

Recycling Old Materials

Let’s turn some of your old trash into cash! Look around your home, garage, basement or shed and start collecting items that you no longer use but could still be of some value. Below is a list of items you may have at home collecting dust that could put some extra cash in your wallet.

  1. Aluminum Cans
  2. Glass and Plastic Bottles
  3. Ink Cartridges
  4. Electronics/ Electronic Waste (batteries)
  5. Scrap Metal
  6. Cardboard

While they may not make you a ton of money, the items listed will still help you add a little extra padding in your wallet. For example, depending on where you live, you can get up to $45 per ton of cardboard, up to $10 for used car batteries and $2 back at Staples for old ink cartridges.[4]

However, it is important to remember that even if you aren’t recycling these items for cash, it is essential to make sure the electronic waste does not end up in your local landfill.

Soak Up the Sun

Last but not least, one of the best ways to save money this spring (and every other season, for that matter) is to make the switch to solar energy!

Every day, more homeowners across the country install solar panels on their homes and enjoy a lifetime of savings and incentives. Depending on where you live, “the average home can save between $10,000 and $30,000 over the lifetime of your solar panel system.”[5] For example, in the state of New Jersey, the annual cost of electricity is about $1, 512. Multiply this by 30 years which equals about $45,360. Switching to solar would help you save $15,000 in your lifetime.[6]

Momentum Solar is Here to Help!

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[1] https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lighting-choices-save-you-money

[2] https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lighting-choices-save-you-money

[3] https://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-make-the-most-money-from-a-garage-sale

[4] https://cleanriver.com/blog-best-items-to-recycle-for-money-trash-for-cash/

[5] https://news.energysage.com/much-solar-panels-save/

[6] https://www.electricchoice.com/blog/percentage-income-electricity/