Solar energy is the wave of the future, but some U.S. city officials and individual homeowners in areas that don’t receive as much sunlight as others may wonder if an investment in solar panels makes sense for them. —
According to a recent article in the (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, the answer can be found in Germany. The European country has the largest installed base of solar generation in the world, despite having fewer hours of sunlight than many areas around the world.
Berlin receives an average of 1,625 hours of sunlight per year, while Rochester, N.Y., receives an average of 2,300 hours. Phoenix, Ariz., checks in with 3,870 hours of sunlight per year on average. While cloud-free environments are best for solar generation, any amount of sunlight, even if filtered by clouds, includes photons that can generate some amount of electricity.
Power4Patriots officials say the best way to keep electricity flowing during blackouts and to reduce monthly power costs is to become independent of the vulnerable U.S. power grid. They recommend that people learn how to generate their own electricity through the installation of solar panels and wind turbines.
Power4Patriots was created as a way to allow anyone to become independent of high power bills and outages. Cost-effective and uncomplicated, Power4Patriots teaches people how to build their own, environmentally friendly sources of energy.
Power4Patriots is a recently updated series of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters. The system includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes, as well as two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.
“On average, the costs are under $200 to build a solar panel and under $200 to build a wind turbine,” said 4Patriots Partner Allen Baler said. “The time commitment to build a solar panel ranges from two to four hours, with the first one requiring more time than subsequent panels. A wind turbine requires a handful of hours to build.”
Consumers who purchase already-made solar panels and wind turbines spend three to four times that amount. Installing solar panels and a wind turbine at one’s home will cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent.
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