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Electrical Systems, Inc. has the capability to design and install alternative energy systems that produce clean energy for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Alternative energy, or more specifically, renewable energy, is usable energy derived from naturally replenishable sources such as the sun (solar energy), wind (wind power), rivers (hydroelectric power), hot springs (geothermal energy) and tides (tidal power). Today’s alternative energies look to replace or supplement traditional fossil-fuel sources, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

When comparing the processes for producing energy, there remain several fundamental differences between renewable energy and fossil fuels. The process of producing oil, coal, or natural gas fuel is a difficult and demanding process that requires a great deal of complex equipment, physical and chemical processes. On the other hand, alternative energy can be widely produced with basic equipment and naturally basic processes. With traditional energy prices steadily on the rise, alternative energies make sense when we consider energy savings, energy independence and security.

Conservation

Conservation is listed here as an alternative energy source because getting the same result with less energy is as good as producing more energy. For more information on energy conservation and to learn how Electrical Systems, Inc. can help you conserve energy and lower your utility bill, visit our Energy Solutions Page or call (586) 254-2463 And Setup Your Free No Obligation Energy Analysis Today!


Wind Power

Wind was one of the earliest energies harnessed to do work. The world’s first explorers harnessed wind to fill their sails and propel their vessels to new lands. Today, wind energy can be harnessed to turn turbines to generate electricity on scales ranging from individual homeowners using small turbines to meet some of their energy needs to large-scale wind farms. Wind power produces about 1.5% of worldwide electricity use and is growing rapidly, having doubled in the three years between 2005 and 2008.

Wind energy as a power source is favored as an alternative to fossil fuels, because it is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions. A residential wind generator designed for home use can convert wind into electricity you can use. You can lower your utility bill, protect yourself against unpredictable electricity prices and reduce your dependence on foreign oil.

 

Solar Power

Solar energy is a mature technology that many in the industry believe can supply much of the electricity that our nation needs. Like wind energy, solar energy as a power source is favored as an alternative to fossil fuels, because it is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions. It is also “homegrown,” delivered free of charge, everywhere in the world, everyday, helping to make our nation independent on foreign oil. Solar panels are also reliable, as they have no moving parts and need very little maintenance.

Solar electric systems (Photovoltaic or PV) convert the sun's energy into electricity. Unlike a solar hot water system, which is a plumbing device, PV uses semi-conductors and sunlight to make electricity. The electricity is then stored for later use, and eventually used to power an appliance or fed into the power distribution gird. Some solar panel uses include main power sources or  back up power sources for homes, RV's, cabins, power stations, pumps, beacons and lighting. A PV system can off-set or even eliminate your electric bill.

Solar thermal systems collect and absorb the sun's energy to provide heat for hot water, solar pool heaters and space heating for residential, as well as commercial buildings. A solar heating system reduces utility costs, conserves, and produces clean energy. Due to their efficiency and reliability, the implementation of solar heating systems have increased dramatically and made them a more affordable and attractive option for homes and businesses.

To help more Americans benefit from these systems, the U.S. Energy Policy Act http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm implemented a 30% tax credit for consumers who install solar water heating systems. To be eligible for this tax credit, the systems must be certified by the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC).

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