Solar Energy Derby KS

Local resource for solar energy in Derby. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to solar panels, solar panel installation, alternative energy, renewable energy, solar paneling and green initiatives, as well as advice and content on green energy and energy alternatives.

Green Shield
(316) 260-6414
1037 S McComas St
Wichita, KS
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Banks Oil Company
(316) 612-1186
7701 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, KS
 
Berexco
(316) 265-3311
2020 N Bramblewood St
Wichita, KS
 
It'S Electric
(316) 491-2910
1218 E 18th St N
Wichita, KS
 
Utility Maintenance Contractors Inc
(316) 945-8833
4421 W Harry St
Wichita, KS
 
Flame Enterprises
(316) 927-2255
5343 S Mead St
Wichita, KS
 
Barr Thorp Electric Company
(316) 265-4500
1608 E Waterman St
Wichita, KS
 
Clinton Enterprises
(316) 636-1801
9320 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS
 
Westar Com Inc
(316) 383-8600
100 N Broadway St
Wichita, KS
 
Siemens E & A
(800) 241-4453
134 S Tarabury Ln
Wichita, KS
 

Solar PV Systems: Three Steps to Success

For the true success of solar energy, people all over the world need to take three basic steps. The last step - the fourth step - is going out and buying a solar energy system. But before this, please do the following:

Step 1: Conserving energy means:

  • shut off lights after you use them
  • turn your furnace down, and turning it off when not in use
  • set room and house air conditioners at 25 degrees
  • use a barbecue to reduce your summer air conditioning needs
  • use water-efficient shower heads
  • fix leaky taps (read about more tips on saving water tips )

Step 2: Improving your energy efficiency means:

  • Compact fluorescent lighting, which uses 1/5th of the energy and lasts 10x longer.
  • Energy wisdom with your refrigerator. Have it open as little as possible. Let hot food cool on its own before you put it in the fridge.
  • Energy smarts with your freezer. Keep your freezer in a cool spot, so it doesn't have to work as hard.
  • Using your microwave. You can save up to 50 percent of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven. Read more about saving energy in the kitchen.
  • Energy Star appliances use up to 50 percent less electricity than older appliances.

Step 3: Deciding on a solar energy system that fits your needs includes:

  • knowing the size and cost involved and having a budget to match
  • sizing a solar energy system to your needs
  • choosing a solar provider or installing it yourself
  • ...

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Solar4Scholars: Solar Electricity

What is solar electricity?

In solar photovoltaic energy, sunlight causes electrons to move and become electricity.

This technology was first developed for space travel in the 1950's. It was originally used to power satellites, a very practical use for solar, as there are no clouds in space.

Solar electricity is produced by solar cells that range in size from one square inch up to ten square inches. A single solar cell produces a small amount of electricity. Solar panels are made up of cells grouped together to produce a worthwhile amount of electricity.

Here on earth, we use solar electricity for a number of purposes. Solar panels (also called modules) are used to power homes. In some cases, people use small portable solar energy systems to power equipment for RVs, camping and other activities. You can find small solar cells on solar calculators and solar lights. Solar has many other practical uses, too.

How does a solar cell work?

Solar cells are most often made of crystals of silicon. Large silicon crystals are cut into thin wafers and fused together. These two separate wafers are composed of two different materials with different properties. When sunlight strikes the solar cell, photons dislodge electrons that travel from one layer to the other. This flow of electrons is, by definition, electricity.

How do people use solar energy?

When you have enough solar cells linked together in a solar panel, and these panels are also linked in an array, yo...

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