Japan to require solar panels on all new buildings by 2030

For a lot of people this sounds like a big push in the right direction. Imagine if every building had solar panels powering it. The amount of power produced by gas or nuclear would drop dramatically. But, I think this is more of a plan to get attention away from the recent nuclear disaster than it is an effort to go green.


First, 2030 is almost 20 years from now. And that doesn’t mean that all buildings will be required to have solar panels by then. Only that all new buildings will be required to install them. So there is really no immediate push for companies are building owners to install solar panels. They also fail to mention that by the year 2030, the amount of expansion in Japan (unless drastic measures are taken) will be close to zero. You don’t build a lot of new buildings when your population is continually shrinking.

Now if Japan was serious about using solar panels, they would have made this immediate so that all the new houses that will be built in the areas hit by the tsunami would require solar panels. Rather than just rebuilding those communities they could make them clean and green and independent.

Let’s face it, the solar panels for sale have gotten cheaper and will continue to do so. Especially when the majority of buildings in Japan are built by corporations and large companies. It’s time we start demanding more from them. Cheap solar panels can be picked up pretty easy these days, and the more that are purchased the more that will be made.

So what are your feelings on the subject? Is it a good start or is it too little too late?

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Cheap solar panels could get cheaper and more efficient

Solar energy is great. As long as the sun is out, and your panels are aimed in the right direction, then you are making power. One of the limiting factors for solar panels for sale on the market today has been the efficiency at which they gather light. Up until this point the best solar panels gather about 30% of the light that hits them. According to IDTecEX, a new type of flexible solar panel is being designed at the University of Missouri that can collect up to 90% of f sunlight. That is impressive.

The cells will use a different type of cell made of of circuits and antenna to collect both sunlight and heat.  They are also currently designing a manufacturing process will will allow the solar panels to be produced cheap and in large quantities. The goal for the project is to have the cells available within 5 years.

So what does this mean for us? Cheap solar panels are already starting to show up on the market. With more types available the prices will go even lower. Also, as the efficiency of the panels gets better, each house will require fewer and fewer panels. At 90% that is triple the current panels ability to make electricity which means you will only need one-third of the panels that are currently needed.

Solar Panels For Sale

When it comes to going green, there are a lot of options. Not only are there now a lot of solar panels for sale, but you also have to decide where you want to install them, the best setup for your house, to have them installed professionally or to do it yourself, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming.

The good news is that as solar panels are getting cheaper and cheaper. Th options for solar panels are also increasing giving you more options to suit your needs. Doing even just a quick search for solar panels on Amazon brings up over 6,800 options in different price ranges.

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Think about your needs

Are you looking to just save a little money on your electric bill each month or are you looking to get rid of it all together and be more dependent. You also need to consider your house, your landscape, and the climate. How many hours of sunlight do you get each day? What kind of house do you have and on what kind of terrain.


If your house is located on flat land, where the sun hits everywhere, then it will probably be easier (and cheaper) to mount the solar panels on the ground rather than on the house.  However, if you live in the hills or mountains where the sunlight doesn’t hit for as long, then you may need to mount them on your home, or wherever they will get the most sunlight.

Climate is obviously another important aspect to consider. The amount of power that your solar panels generate is directly related to how much direct sunlight they get. If you live in a predominantly cloudy area, you will either need more solar panels, more efficient solar panels, or you may need to think about alternatives such as wind, water, etc.

What can you change

In addition to just getting energy from solar panels, you may also want to consider what energy you can stop using. Is there a better way to run your AC or heater. I was able to produce a solar heater using nothing but soda cans and some wood. You could use lower wattage lights and appliances. Not only will this save how much energy you use, but it lowers the number of solar panels you will need.

Research

Find out how many watts of power you use, when you use the most power, and also how many solar panels you will need. This is the time to start researching individual solar panels and finding out their benefits. Cheap solar panels don’t cost as much, but they may also not provide as much electricity. Also find out what kind of refunds or discounts you can get from the government. There are a lot of green programs now days, and with the right paperwork you might be able to get your house running off solar panels without much money out of pocket.

You’ll also want to find out what companies sell panels and offer installation in your area. There are a lot companies selling solar panels online, but if you are planning to have them installed for you, it might be better to buy the panels from that company. Find out what your options are.

Professional installation or DIY

This all depends on what kind of person you are and what your budget is. If you can get the government to pay for your solar panels, then I say have it installed professionally (unless you want some kind of special setup. You are are looking to go the least expensive route, then you will want to think about doing the installation yourself. There are even guides that show you how to purchase slightly damaged panels at the fraction of the cost and work basically just the same.

I tend to be a DIY when I have the option. I guess I just don’t like to spend money when I can help it and I actually enjoy doing the work.

How much are you paying for electricity?

The higher it goes the easier choosing solar panels gets. And remember, it will keep going up. The longer you wait the more money you will loose. Summer is almost here. Don’t loose all of that valuable light.

 

Solar Panels for Sale…err Rent?

I remember reading a while back about a company who rather than selling solar panels, was installing them for mostly free and then selling the electricity. This morning I came across this article talking about a company SunRun who is doing just that.

Its quite a unique concept, and one that will certainly help push solar power forward. If you can’t afford solar panels, then at least you can buy power made by them. Now I still think the best route for those who don’t mind a little DIY is to build your own solar panels. This can be done for a fraction of the cost of current solar panels for sale. However, if this isn’t an option is renting a good idea?

While this will help more solar panels getting sold, and allow more people access to solar, there is one thing I don’t like. You will still be paying an energy bill. One of the benefits of solar is to free yourself a bit from the system and the bills that go a long with it.

So what do you think? Do you think this is better for most people or are they better off buying their own systems?

Powering the World with Solar Panels

Solar panels are getting more popular. Even the hardware stores have solar panels for sale now. But there are those who still say solar panels aren’t enough. We need additional forms of energy. The below link shows how much land would need to be covered with solar panels to supply the world with power. Let’s just say “not much”. And if you spread it out over a lot of houses and buildings, it could be easily accomplished.

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Solar Panel Heater

A few posts ago I mentioned that I was building a solar panel heater ( also known as a soda can heater or solar space heater). Well, I finished the project, but have run into a small problem.

The solar heater actually works very well. Air gets pulled in through the bottom and circulated through the black aluminum cans and exits as hot air. It works just like it’s supposed to.

The problem I have is that attaching it to the house has proved more difficult than I thought. The area I originally planned to put it doesn’t get quite as much sunlight as I thought. Unfortunately, the house is made of concrete, so attaching it to the house and adding holes is very difficult. I am currently looking at mounting it in a different location and using long pipes to run it into the house.

Until then, here are some of the pictures from the building process.

New Solar Panels for Sale: Nanosolar

One of the biggest set backs for solar panels has been the high costs that it takes to manufacture them. This in turn makes their retail cost very high. Well, not there is are some new solar panels for sale in the market by a company called Nanosolar.

Nanosolar’s focus has been to try and lower the cost of manufacturing the panels so they can easily be produced. They have done this by using a special ink to literally print the panels onto a sheet. According to Nanosolar they can make their panels for about a tenth of what it costs to make panels currently on the market today.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think.

Installing Solar Panels and 49 Other Things to Go Green

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Recently I have been spending a lot of time researching going green and especially solar panels. Today I stumbled across a little “green” gem called “A little Green E-book”. The book is put out by Morgan Stanly and contains 50 tips to help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Solar panels will certainly help you save money and use less energy, but there are also a lot of other things you can do. Take a look and start making some changes today.

A Little Green E-book

Solar Panels For Sale

illustration of a solar panel for renewable energy

So you have decided you are tired of handing over your entire pay check just to run the electricity in your house. Or maybe you want to use a more sustainable form of energy to help the environment. Using solar panels will not only help the environment, but it will help you save money as well. The only problem is that you aren’t sure where to get started. There are so many types of solar panels for sale it is difficult to decide which ones are best for you. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Cheap Solar Panels For Sale is focused on providing you with information to get you started and help you choose the best options.

When considering solar panels and other alternative forms of energy, the first question you need to ask yourself is, “What is your overall goal?” Are you looking to power a few appliances in your house, or are you trying to get off the electrical grid all together?

If you aren’t sure, then you might consider some of the various costs and benefits. Solar panels will cost money up front, but save you money every month once they are installed. You should also check for energy discounts with your local government. There may be a number of rebates for installing solar panels that will substantially lower the cost.

Of course, it is also important to consider your location and environment. Solar panels have gotten much more efficient, but you may need to consider additional methods if you  live in an area that gets little sunlight.

If you are still finding the cost of installing solar panels on your house too expensive, then you might try a “do it yourself solar panel” kit. There are now a number of solar panel kits and books available to help you install solar panels yourself. Most books will explain the basics and lay out the steps so they are easy to follow. If you are a hands on person this is probably the way to go. If you are looking for a good kit to get your started check out the DIY Solar Panels in the right sidebar–>.

As I mentioned, there are a lot of different kinds of solar panels for sale and they each have their own set of benefits and disadvantages.  We will be covering them in future posts. Please subscribe to our feed to make sure you don’t miss them.