Solar Power and Architecture

In the world of architecture, the use of existing climatic conditions and natural resources, especially solar energy to minimize the energy consumption of a building, is known as bio-climatic architecture.

Solar architecture is understood as a type of architecture that seeks to control and optimize the energy performance of buildings, and thereby reduce their environmental impact, based on design criteria based on obtaining the maximum benefit from constructive elements and functional characteristics of the building, taking into consideration and taking full advantage of the climatic characteristics of the location where it is located.

Types

The solar architecture can be considered Active or Passive.

Active Solar Architecture: refers to the use of solar energy by mechanical and/or electrical systems. This architecture uses active solar technology that is capable of transforming solar energy into usable heat. Some examples are: Panels, Covers, and Solar Heaters.

Passive Solar Architecture: passive solar architecture is understood as one that uses solar energy that is captured through windows or walls to maintain welfare conditions inside buildings and minimize the use of expensive and polluting systems of air conditioning, aspects such as: the orientation of the building, morphology, materials used and the location on the ground are taken care of.

Within the passive solar architecture, there are elements that favor and intensify the capture of solar energy, among them we can highlight: attached greenhouses and Trombe wall.

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Architects are key people in the implementation of new solar technologies and sustainability strategies in building. There is a fundamental need for change in our way of designing buildings and developing cities. We have to consider the energy consumption of each part of the construction process and focus during its life on the use of renewable energies and especially on solar energy.

These are some structures generate their own power and incorporate photo-voltaic arrays in creative ways.

  • The Further Education Center at Mont-Cernis: a roof canopy made from solar panels that generate electricity and shade the interior.
  • The Blauhaus at Niederrheim University: looks like it has a facade composed solely of blue glass, but closer inspection reveals that it’s actually a tessellation of windows and solar panels, which can be rotated to follow the sun.
  • The Science Pyramid at the Denver Botanic Gardens: is clad in gray hexagonal tile and solar panels that blend in with the pattern.
  • 36BTrd House: The structure is designed to promote cross breezes, and a photo-voltaic array is integrated with a roof–plus, it has a solar hot water system.
  • Stanford University Central Energy Facility: The structure elegantly obscures heavy-duty infrastructure with metal screens–and a shade trellis is actually a solar array that powers the entire building.
  • The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability At Sandy Ground: New York City’s most environmentally friendly school is located on Staten Island.

Image Credits: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2015/10/university-of-kansas-architecture-students-take-solar-construction-into-the-future/

The Economic Benefits Of Switching To Solar Energy

Using solar energy to power your home is the greenest thing you can get. The benefits to the Earth are well known, but the installation of solar panels not only improves the environment. They also provide significant financial benefits for homeowners, business owners and the economy.

Here are 5 financial benefits of solar energy:

Job Opportunities Grow

The change to renewable energy will have a positive impact on the economy by offering numerous employment opportunities to the general population and local communities.

Renewable energy will create more employment opportunities that will go from the current 9.2 million to more than 24 million by the end of 2030. It is due to the fact that the field is labor-intensive, which means that it will require more employees than the fossil-fuel energy source industries. The increase has already been observed in countries such as the United States, where the field of renewable energy has grown exponentially in the last two years.

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The Effect of GDP

The International Renewable Energy Agency has found a very promising potential for the GDP of the United States.

Investments are expected to grow, which has significant implications for the world population with respect to economic change. International cooperation will push the effort beyond what has been pointed out so far. The initial estimates observed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicate that by the end of 2015, global investments increased by around $ 280 billion. The benefits could increase gradually as funding becomes more exponential.

If investments continue to grow by at least 36%, the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) will increase by 1.1%, equivalent to $ 1.3 billion.

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It Helps To Slow Down The Reduction Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Energy Consumption.

The release of toxic gases into the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, not only contributes to air pollution but also contributes to the increase of the greenhouse effect. While the greenhouse effect is a natural process that heats the surface of the Earth at a habitable temperature, human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, have increased the number of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. This has led to an increased greenhouse effect, which is heating our land faster than ever. In recent years, this has been linked to a series of catastrophic weather events, such as floods, cyclones, storms, extreme heat, and drought. Generating electricity from solar panels does not produce greenhouse gases at all, and can therefore help reduce the effect of climate change is widely used. With solar energy fueling a house or a business, no fuel is burned or emissions of energy production are produced.

Save Companies From The Energy Cost

Private companies can also benefit from the change to renewable energy. Alternative energies, such as solar energy, offer important savings points and can be used in almost any industry. Accompany this with alternative energy, and with government incentives, and your business can substantially reduce operating costs while increasing the conservation of the environment for customers.

More Improvements For Better Public Health.

The solar energy supplies are massive; If we could take advantage of all the sunlight that shines on Earth for only an hour, we could use that energy to feed the whole world for a whole year. The sunlight used in the production of solar energy is free, and there is a lot. On the other hand, fossil fuels are running out, and fast. Reducing our dependence on these finite resources and taking advantage of a free and abundant energy source, such as sunlight, could mean lower energy prices, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and a more solid and stable energy future.

 

 

How Expensive Are Solar Panels For Your Home?

It is difficult to put an average price on a solar home project since the cost depends largely on how big the project you decide to take on, the amount of sunshine you receive, and the size of your home.

Each solar system is designed according to the unique needs and circumstances of each house or business. For this reason, it is so difficult to find a price that is really adequate, without first making an evaluation by an expert.

To define the size and price of your system with Core Energy Solar, our experts must evaluate three factors that allow us to calculate the energy you need and can generate, using the sun in your favor:

Your electricity rate: You’ll have to determine the monthly kilowatt consumption of your home when you check your monthly energy bill. In general, a household uses 1 kW per hour of electricity or 24 kWh per day.

Solar panels differ but, in general, a 250 W solar panel will produce 1 kW per day if the panel receives 4 hours of direct sunlight. This means that you will need 24 panels to produce 24 kWh per day.

Consumption: It is necessary to know your electricity consumption habits, this we can analyze with your electricity bill, which stores the history of your energy expenditure last year. It is also important to know if you plan to change your consumption, either because you plan to install a new device or you are going to spend more time at home, as you could use more energy.

Location: knowing the location of your next solar energy system allows us to evaluate the solar radiation it receives. The roof where the solar

panels will be installed must receive direct sunlight. Ideally, this should be during the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is stronger.

Many things, such as tall buildings, trees or chimneys, can prevent solar panels from receiving adequate sunlight.

The process is very simple and fast, we just need you to share your electricity bill and the exact location of your home or business, and with this information, our experts will capture your needs at no cost to deliver a customized solution.

Choose a better future for you and your family, cite your new energy system and say goodbye to the excess light received.

 

 

 

Solar Power + Real Estate: The Next Big Thing?

The real estate sector is one of the most dynamic and innovative, always seeking to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated demand by companies, so the real estate has been evolving in terms of sustainability.

Solar energy offers owners and managers of commercial real estate an exceptional opportunity to increase cash flow by reducing utility costs, increasing rents and increasing maintenance reimbursement for common areas. The installation of a photo-voltaic solar array (PV) also fosters closer connections with tenants and their customer bases, facilitates lease extensions, and allows a sustainable footprint.

If you are a real estate agent, this is what you need to know to represent buyers and sellers of homes with solar energy.

Solar Houses Are Sold For More.

Buyers will pay a premium for households with solar energy systems.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) produced a report that definitively demonstrated that solar-powered homes are sold for more than homes that do not. The 2015 study, Selling Into the Sun: premium price analysis of a multiple-estate data set from Solar Homes, analyzed 22,000 home sales in 8 states, 4,000 of which included photo-voltaic systems, from 2002 to 2013.

The study found that each watt of solar energy adds an average of $ 4 to the value of the house in California and an average of $ 3 per watt elsewhere. This represented an average price increase of $ 20,000 in California ($ 4 x 5,000W for the average system size) and $ 15,000 outside California ($ 3 x 5,000W).

Prove The Value.

If you are the seller’s agent, help him get the full value of his solar energy. Suggest that they gather documents that show their solar benefits and show them in open houses:

Copies of electric bills that show very little due or even a credit

Documents that show the amounts of recent “green income” payments if they are received: canceled checks or an extract from your “aggregator”.

A note saying that solar energy is exempt from property taxes, if that is the case. (varies by city).

Your House Will Sell Faster.

Houses sold 17% faster and 20% more even in a market crash.

Although the real estate market was in a recession, solar houses maintained their value. The other developments in the study also sold their solar homes approximately 17% faster than non-solar ones. The floor plans and the specifications of each home in the market were exactly the same. The only difference — solar. If the solar energy was already installed and the price was taken into account, the buyers were willing to pay more and took the opportunity to own their own solar system.

Another interesting finding is that these houses were not as solar as they could be. Most had smaller 2.5 kW photo-voltaic systems (most homes need a 5kW system to power all their appliances) but their energy bills are still reduced by 54% compared to their neighbors with network power. This shows that solar energy should be an industry standard for new construction. Even if developers implement smaller and cheaper systems, it can attract buyers quickly who are eager to reap the benefits of energy savings and independence.

 

Japan’s Solar City

When we hear “Japan” the first things that come to mind are sushi, cars and technology, and for a good reason. Here in America, Japanese technology is very popular together with Japanese cars.

In Ota City, located just 80 kilometers (roughly 50 miles) north of Tokyo, there is a small Solar Powered town called Pal Town. Every house and building has a solar panel or more for their use. Habitats of this town can be paid up to ¥5000 or $50 from the local power company.

This town is located in Japan’s sunniest area, and the Japanese government lost no time on taking advantage of the sun by giving Solar Panels to the residents of the city.

If people moving to this city are buying Solar Powered houses at the current market price they could recover the cost of the building plus ¥2,000,000 or $20,000 in two or three decades.

Kazuo Nakashima, Ota’s housing development manager says that the biggest challenge is the high equipment cost in spreading the Eco-friendly system.

[Kazuo Nakashima]: “Through this project, we’ve cleared technical issues over solar power generation in private homes. Now, the biggest challenge is how to reduce the cost of solar panels and related equipment.” Image Credits: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kazuo_Nakashima