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Why Go Solar
Solar energy has never been more popular – and it's no wonder why. Global oil supplies are growing scarce and more expensive every year. Furthermore, the evidence against continuing our dependence on fossil fuels has been growing by the day. So now is the perfect time to make an investment in the World's most abundant renewable energy resource, sun power.
There have always been compelling ecological reasons to use solar power in your home or business. Thanks to falling costs, technological advances, enlightened utility regulations and government incentives, solar power now makes economic sense as well.
Whether you live in a rural area outside the reach of the conventional power grid or are plugged into the utility power lines in your urban or suburban home, you can take advantage of solar power to offset soaring energy prices – and help the planet at the same time!
What is Portable Solar Power?
Portable solar power comes from systems that are mobile in usage. The majority of solar across the world is installed and fixed to one location. Portable solar power options allow users to bring their power to the point of usage. This helps reduce the need for multiple solar installations or for lots of wires and cords running all over the place. If your solar PV panels are also moveable, you then have the ability to solar track (aiming the panels towards the best sun light) which will decrease charging times of battery based systems and increase overall usability.
What to Look for in Solar Generators?
Solar generators capture the sun’s energy via solar panels, store that energy in a battery bank and release it through an inverter to be used for standard AC power.
Based on this system, the key elements to look for in solar generators are: (click the links to find out more)
- Battery Storage Capacity
- Solar PV Input
- Inverter Rating
- Component Quality
- Balanced System Design
Why Efficiency Matters?
Efficiency always matters. Whether you get your power from the grid or a renewable energy system, efficient appliances save you money and help sustainability. Efficiency, not just in your appliances, but of your actual usage, is especially important when using solar power. Planning and managing your usage will increase the life-span and usability of your solar power system, while also bolstering the effectiveness of your system for both sustained power usage or emergency backup situations.
Furthermore, for off-grid living efficiency is more than beneficial, it’s essential! This is because you do not have grid power to fall back on. Conserving energy specifically lowers the cost of your power system by reducing the number of solar panels and batteries you'll need. Most importantly, energy efficiency minimizes the amount of time you’ll need to run an expensive generator for power in periods of little or no sunshine.
Change How You Think About Power
Put It Together. Own Your Own Personal Power!
There really is a natural symmetry about the power production and power conservation equation. What comes out equals what goes in less the loss due to system inefficiency. Sometimes we have to step back and take a longer view though. What seems cheaper in the short run may turn out to be much more expensive in a more detailed analysis. Especially when you take into account cumulative, environmental, subsidized, and other costs.
What has become clear is that for every dollar you spend on conservation and efficient applications, that equals 3 to 4 dollars in costs you would spend on either point of use power generation, like solar component costs, or the true costs of large centralized power production for the grid. There are also many immediate and long-term benefits of being more responsible and in control of your energy use and creation.
A big portion of event's carbon footprint is from electricity needs and the CO2 emissions associated with its production.
What are CO2 Emissions?
CO2 stands for carbon dioxide and is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities. CO2 emissions contribute to climate change, ecosystems damage and pollution related health risks.
Events often either utilize grid electricity or bring in gas or diesel generators and light towers for power and lighting. The gas/diesel selections are actually the worst CO2 emitters from the power options available.
Co2 Emissions for Electricity Generation1
Lbs of co2 / KWh
US Grid Electricity Avg.
California Grid Electricity Avg.
Solar (depends on installation size)
0 - 0.22
SolMan Portable Solar Generators and Solar Light Towers
Gas and Diesel Emissions
- Gasoline use emits 19.4 lbs of CO2 per gallon burned, on average.
- Diesel use emits 22.3 lbs of CO2 per gallon burned, on average.
- 2 to 10 gallon tanks
- 2:1 run time (hours) to gas tank size (ex. 5 gallon tank runs for 10 hours)
So... 10 hours use emits 97 lbs of CO2
Diesel Light Towers
- 25 to 50 gallon tanks
- 2:1 run time (hours) to gas tank size
So... 3 nights use emits 669 lbs of CO2
SolMan Solar Generators and Light Towers are clean and silent, with ZERO emissions
Be Environmentally Savvy
Powering your home or business with solar energy demonstrates your commitment to a healthy environment and a more sustainable future for us all. Photovoltaic(PV) systems emit absolutely zero greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
Consider just a few facts that support the decision to go solar:
- A typical three-kilowatt residential solar system keeps almost two tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year.
- A solar power system requires just 2 to 3 years to generate the same amount of energy used in its production.
- 40 percent of all CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel-burning result from the generation of electricity.
A Safe and Sound Financial Investment
Based on the monetary and environmental costs associated with fossil-fuel generators, solar power becomes a more financially desirable option. You cannot find a cheaper source of clean energy than PV power. Electric utility prices are widely expected to continue to rise. Making the sun your own power source, especially in a portable system, will help protect you from utility rate hikes and power outages.
With incentives such as state rebates and federal tax credits, you can significantly lower the initial cost of your PV system and reduce the time it takes to earn back your investment.
In today's uncertain financial world, investing in solar power makes even more sense. Not only do you own your own power, but you eliminate recurring costs like fuel and maintenance and protect against blackout damages.
Hassle Free Independence
With no moving parts to wear or break down, solar power systems offer years of trouble-free use. Solar panels make no noise and emit no pollution whatsoever. Solar power reduces your dependence on non-local energy sources and helps you control your energy costs no matter what is going on in the global energy markets.
Lower your energy costs over time or eliminate them entirely – invest in solar power now!