into alternative energy sources and despite some controversy; solar has shown itself to be a viable replacement for fossil fuels in the sunnier climes of the nation. Traditionally sunny cities, such as Tucson, Arizona, have been working with the government and businesses to harness the power of the hot desert sun and the results have been promising.
Tucson averages about 340 sunny days a year, making it an ideal city to benefit from the recent advances in solar technology and the government could not agree more. Tucson has been designated as a “Solar City America” which basically recognizes Tucson for its prominent efforts to promote solar technology as well and it provides Tucson with federal grants for solar projects in the area.
The recent pushes by the Obama administration to promote solar energy have been met with contention as a select few feel that solar will never be cost effective, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. While the average cost of solar power was well over $70 per kilowatt hour (KWH) in 1977, it has fallen to $0.63 per KWH as of early 2013 and rather than that being the cost of the raw material as it is with oil, that price is mostly derived from the cost of installing photovoltaic cells so the price would logically fall to almost zero over time. In fact, the recent price decline in photovoltaic cells is a product of the Obama administrations renewed effort to fund green energies and just recently, President Obama outlined his renewable energy plan and promised to double the amount of electricity produced in the US by solar, wind and geothermal methods by 2020.
So what exactly is so good about solar power? It may seem counterintuitive with all the above talk about price, but the biggest advantage is that the sun is free and is likely to remain burning for around another five billion years. The infinite potential of solar power has been on display for years in the biennial World Solar Race in which solar-powered cars speed across over 3,000 kilometers of the Australian desert. The idea of a car that never needs to stop and refuel is world-altering, and while it may seem a long way off, solar power is currently used to power charging stations for electric vehicles, drastically reducing their cost as well as the emissions of the entire process.
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With over 280 days of sun in Tucson every year, it’s no wonder more and more Tucsonans are turning to alternative methods of power, like solar energy. As we all know, solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. This can be done directly, using photovoltaic arrays, or indirectly using concentrated solar power. Typically most homeowners will have access to photovoltaic arrays, or solar panels, which convert light directly into an electric current.
The demand for solar power has risen recently, with an expected 75% growth by then end of 2012. And because of this increasing focus on finding and using renewable energy sources, it has provided ample opportunity for homeowners to employ a deep cycle battery. A deep cycle battery is designed to discharge a steady amount of current over a long period of time. This comes in handy when using devices that require a long surge.
So how does it work? It’s actually pretty simple. Solar panels are used to capture the sun’s energy and then convert it into electricity. Connecting the panels to a deep cycle battery is an ideal way to store that energy for future electrical use. But like all batteries, the deep cycle battery releases energy in direct current, or DC, form. What does this mean for you? Many of our every day appliances, like laptops, power tools and TVs use AC, or alternating current. So how do we convert DC into AC? With the help of an inverter of course.
These small, inexpensive devices can convert the direct current from the deep cycle battery into an alternating current that can be used by normal household devices. And our DC to AC converters can convert 12volt DC into 120volts of AC. It’s perfect for use in Cars, Planes, Boats, RV’s, etc.
With the average household paying nearly $170 each month in energy costs, having an alternative power source is becoming more alluring and not to mention practical. Deep cycle batteries can definitely be a cost effective alternative to rising energy bills. No matter what the application – No matter what the power demand, we have the correct battery for your needs. Call our experts today for advice on how to get started!