Why solar could be the future of transport.
Much like solar panels for homes, solar energy for vehicles has been in the works for a long time, as solar energy could potentially provide enough energy for a car to run. “Like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. This electricity fuels the battery that runs the car's motor. Instead of using a battery, some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor. Great examples of the latest solar powered cars are the University of Michigan solar car, the MIT solar car, and the Berkeley solar car,” this article explains.
So, what are the main solar trends we should be on the lookout for with RVs and vehicles? Here are a few things to know:
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
"Solar-powered vehicles are of two types: electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. An electric vehicle contains electric motors and stores energy in rechargeable batteries. Solar electric vehicles charge their batteries through solar energy. Hybrid vehicles contain two types of power: the internal combustion engine present generally in vehicles and the electric motors to power the vehicle electrically."
For Hybrid vehicles, it is predicted that the market will reach $243.2 billion by 2026.
The environmental benefits of solar panels for cars are undeniable, as they don’t create greenhouse gases as gasoline engines do. On the other hand, people also benefit financially as solar energy is free, widely available, and grants the solar car driver complete independence from foreign oil.
Finally, an often overlooked benefit to solar panels is that they don’t add to the noise pollution because they are silent.
In order to target new audiences, the recreational vehicle industry has been obligated to adopt new, more appealing technologies. According to this USA Today article, "Many of even the smallest RVs and trailers contain solar panels, entertainment systems, and wiring to charge smart phones and tablets far from plug-in power."
Because hybrid cars are environmentally friendlier than conventional gas engine cars and have lower emissions, consumers who prioritize the environment when making their purchases have helped make these cars more popular across the world. But did you know that the car industry is not the only one focusing on the environment? In 2015 a solar-powered aircraft successfully traversed the United States without the use of any fuel whatsoever, and we will continue to see these initiatives as technology continues to advance.
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Solarize Carrollton-Carroll is donating a solar panel system to Open Hands Ministry as part of the ministry’s efforts to build a new facility on Newnan Road.
The Solarize Carrollton-Carroll coalition is comprised of nonprofits, businesses and individuals who work together to promote the use of solar energy in west Georgia. John Hinman, chair of Solarize Carrollton-Carroll’s steering committee, announced Tuesday the donation of a minimum 4 kilowatt-hour solar panel system to the ministry. This will be installed at the ministry’s new location.
“One hour of solar power offers more electricity than the entire population can use in a year,” Hinman said. “We use coal and natural gas because it’s cheap, reliable and controllable. There’s a fear of change when it comes to using solar power because we’ve always had an electric bill and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
He said Solar CrowdSource of Atlanta is handling the administration of the system and Georgia-based solar company Creative Solar is installing the panels. Through a group purchasing program, 32 residential and three commercial systems have been bought through Solar CrowdSource. By purchasing these systems in bulk, consumers can get the systems at a cheaper price, Hinman said.
“Over a million dollars is being invested in local solar systems for a total output of 370 kilowatts of electricity,” Hinman said. “This will avoid 278,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.”
A subcommittee of Creative Solar was formed, Hinman said, and a local search was conducted to find an organization to donate the system. He said a percentage of the funds generated by businesses and residences purchasing their systems will fund the panels being donated to Open Hands.
“We were impressed with the organization, and they already have the funds necessary to build the facility and hope to have it done this summer,” Hinman said. “After the building is built, we’ll put the system on the roof. It won’t completely replace outside electricity, but it will reduce their costs.”
The 1.19-acre property located at 501 Newnan Road at the corner of Bledsoe Street was recently donated to Open Hands for the construction of its new operations building.
This allows for the construction of a 5,500-square-foot facility that is five times larger than the ministry’s current location, according to its website.
Sue McGukin, executive director of Open Hands, said the organization has been in need of more space for four years.
She said because having a larger space is a “double-edged sword” with more maintenance costs, the donation of the solar panels will help reduce overhead. The organization plans to bring the design for its new facility before the city in the next few weeks.
Food and financial assistance are offered by Open Hands, as well as referrals to other agencies as needed. The ministry is a collaborative effort by member churches and the community through which services are provided to those in need in Carroll County.
“The fact that we can use this as an aid is fabulous and will give us more latitude,” McGukin said.
“We’re very excited that this will help offset those costs because 86 cents on every dollar goes back into the ministry. This is huge for us.”
Surge reflects sustained solar market expansion throughout the Southeast
KENNESAW, GA -- Creative Solar USA experienced record-setting growth during the first quarter of 2019, reflecting a decade-long trend in the growth of the solar energy market in the Southeastern United States.
CEO and Founder of Creative Solar USA, Russell Seifert said he is elated by the company’s role in ongoing solar market expansion throughout the region.
“Residential and commercial solar energy are on pace to have the market’s strongest year ever in Georgia. Creative Solar has seen tremendous revenue growth over the past four quarters,” he said.
“In our 10th year of business, we performed three times the number of installations in 2019 compared to first quarter 2018. We are confident that we can carry this momentum forward, providing high-quality, affordable solar energy installations to the growing community of businesses and homeowners interested in reducing their electricity bills with clean energy.”
“Our current business strategy is projected beyond a three-year window, reflecting the confidence we have in the industry’s continued growth in our region, and Creative Solar’s strong position within this trend,” said the company’s Chief Revenue Officer, Rob Blatecky.
Georgia solar energy installers are experiencing a surge in demand to complete installations as 2019 marks the final year for consumers to take advantage of the full 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit for clean energy systems. In 2020, the clean energy tax credit begins to decline and will be eliminated entirely for residential consumers by 2022.
For additional information contact Chris McMahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-485-7438, or visit our website at www.creativesolarusa.com.
About Creative Solar:
Creative Solar USA is a turn-key solar power and energy storage installer based in Kennesaw, GA. Creative Solar works to provide clients with energy management systems that meet or exceed their generation and financial goals.