Your Questions About Solar Power

Susan asks…

What alternatives are there to solar power?

What alternatives are there to solar power? I was going to get solar panels for my house in Canada, but Canada might not be the best source of solar power, so how else could I obtain free electricity?

ssadmin answers:

You will also find that most the time solar power isn't “free”. That is most the time the electricity generated on your house is fed back into the power grid. You still use normal electricity, however you now put some electricity back into the system (it doesn't go directly to your house, most the time anyway).

Solar passive designs, and high energy efficiency ratings for your house are the best options to reduce costs. Solar panels can offset electricity bills (however generally work best if you are not home a lot during the day, and that your general electricity use is low especially during peak periods). Solar heat pumps can act as boosters for gas hot water systems to help reduce costs.

Also as suggested geothermal energy can be used for heating and cooling. Generally a very cheap practice however a large installation cost is involved. Won't supply electricity to your house either most the time, generally only for heating and cooling.

Ruth asks…

Can solar power really be cost effective in the near future?

In the next year or two, Will consumers choose to power their homes with solar energy based on saving money alone?

ssadmin answers:

Solar energy is definitely an alternative to wasteful and harmful burning of fossil fuels. Now I will admit solar panels used to produce energy is a bit costly but in the long run it pays for itself by cutting your energy bill dowm drastically

Mark asks…

How much would it cost to build a Solar Power Plant?

OK so I'm in scince class right now and were doing a project on “Solar Power Plants”and we can't find anything on them…so would anybody know on how much it would cost to build one?

ssadmin answers:

This is a very open ended question.

It could be as little as $10. But this solar power plant would only produce enough energy to light a very small light bulb!!

It all depends on the power output of the power station. I would estimate that it would cost about 100 times what it costs to build a fossil fuel powered plant for each megawatt of power produced.

So, a 10GW (Giga Watt) oil fired power plant may cost $1billion to build, so a 10GW solar plant would cost about $100billion to build (and would probably take up 1000 times the land space required for the oil plant)

And they wonder why solar hasn't caught on yet!

Richard asks…

What are some differences and similarities in solar power and nuclear power?

Could you tell me a few differences in between solar power and nuclear power?Also could you tell a few similarities?anything would be great.Thanks!

ssadmin answers:

Solar power has a relatively low capacity factor, on Earth it is not sunny all of the time. Nuclear fission power plants have a very high capacity factor. Both power plants are expensive to build and expect return on investment over the life of the power plant. Both produce energy according to E= MC squared, the sun is fusion powered, while nuclear power plants are fission powered. Fission plants require Uranium fuel which has to be mined/refined, solar panels require chemicals and metals which need to be mined/refined.
I hope I have helped, check out the links for more information, good luck!

David asks…

What do you think will happen in the future with solar power?

What are the future applications of solar power? Please make your idea realistic! Thx 🙂
What do you think the most upcoming uses of solar power is? I think solar powered cars are next, but that's just me. What do you think?

ssadmin answers:

Oh child that would be so wonderful, you dream big and that is a great thing indeed, there is so much power in a dream and in the sun I do think you may be on to something there. The world would be a much better place if we could just find a way to harness all that energy and put it to some good use. Thank You.

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