Title

The Effect Of Photovoltaic Cells On Electricity Costs

Author(s)

Allen Wilbur

School Name

Dutch Fork High School

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

In the field of energy production, the cost effectiveness of solar energy systems are affected by certain factors which influence their ability to produce consistently high amounts of electrical power. Insufficient research has been done to determine whether solar power provides enough energy to power a house in real world conditions over a long period of time, or whether the solar power system provides a valuable enough economic incentive to justify their purchase, since costs remain a major barrier to the widespread use of solar power. In this project, it will be examined whether solar power provides enough of a real benefit to electricity costs for a household to justify their use in home electrical systems. This will be done by determining the output of a solar system and comparing it to the electricity needs of a house over a period of time. The solar systems will likely provide some benefit to the cost of electricity, but initial costs will likely hold the systems back from being an extremely beneficial investment. Through this study, it will be determined whether photovoltaic systems are viable sources of electricity cost reduction under real-world conditions.

Location

Owens 210

Start Date

4-16-2016 9:00 AM

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Apr 16th, 9:00 AM

The Effect Of Photovoltaic Cells On Electricity Costs

Owens 210

In the field of energy production, the cost effectiveness of solar energy systems are affected by certain factors which influence their ability to produce consistently high amounts of electrical power. Insufficient research has been done to determine whether solar power provides enough energy to power a house in real world conditions over a long period of time, or whether the solar power system provides a valuable enough economic incentive to justify their purchase, since costs remain a major barrier to the widespread use of solar power. In this project, it will be examined whether solar power provides enough of a real benefit to electricity costs for a household to justify their use in home electrical systems. This will be done by determining the output of a solar system and comparing it to the electricity needs of a house over a period of time. The solar systems will likely provide some benefit to the cost of electricity, but initial costs will likely hold the systems back from being an extremely beneficial investment. Through this study, it will be determined whether photovoltaic systems are viable sources of electricity cost reduction under real-world conditions.