solar power

Topics: Solar power, Photovoltaics, Solar energy Pages: 10 (3207 words) Published: November 4, 2013


Solar Power

Table of Contents

Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3
Introduction ………………………………………….................. 4
Objective ………………………………………………………………. 5
Solar Power Alternatives
Building Homes with Solar Power . . . . . . . . . . 6
Offering Tax Credits for Solar Panelled Homes. 8
Increasing Electric Charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Act of Choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Implementation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Follow Up and Control . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
References 14

Abstract

This paper was submitted for Managerial Decision Making taught by Dr. Eric Malmberg. The rising cost of fuel has greatly affected the entire world. Prices of basic commodities such as food, clothing, education, and health care are rising. There have been efforts exerted to address this issue and governments are trying their best to apply methods that will alleviate this economic problem that has affected every sector of society. One of the initiatives that have been in place to address the energy crisis wrought by the growing cost of oil is using solar power to generate electricity in homes and buildings. There are alternatives presented regarding this recommendation: building all houses from 2013 with solar power, giving tax credits for those who use solar power, and increasing electricity charges for those who refuse to install solar power systems. My contribution to this paper was to present our act of choice as well as how to implement and control if homes by 2013 onwards would be built with solar power generation systems.

Introduction
One day in the future our resources we currently use to draw power from will decrease and eventually deplete. For several years, the search for alternative options has been at the forefront of politicians, homeowners, and environmentalists. There are three major alternative sources of power that have received attention: wind, solar, and geothermal. Wind power has been in existence for many years. Windmills and sailing boats are all examples of how power or energy is drawn from the wind that is created by the earth’s rotation. Solar power is energy drawn from the sun. On a small scale, a calculator operates from light, it powers on when it can draw energy from a light or sun as its source. Geothermal is when energy is drawn from the earth’s internal temperature that generates heat. Almost, if not all, areas of the economy and the businesses are affected by the oil price increases that have taken effect. In the United States alone manufacturers seem to feel the most hurtful effect as the domino effect of the price of oil impacted their businesses. The domino effect is seen everywhere as prices of all commodities skyrocket as well. Services are being subject to increase since businesses can justify their move because of the demand of workers for higher pay to survive. The basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing are undergoing some tragic and sad changes – that means increase in prices. Fuels to run transportation are on the rise, naturally, thereby making the fare for travel (boat, airplane, buses, cars, trains, etc.) doubly expensive. Meanwhile, U.S. shoppers, who helped propel most of the expansion, may cut back as gasoline and home-heating costs rise. One of the solutions to an energy crisis is the use of solar power. Out of the three alternative sources of power, solar energy has picked up speed and is currently being used in many households and buildings across the world. For that reason, our research is on solar power and in the following we will state our objective, find our alternatives, list the pros and...

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