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Surplus Exchange is a nonprofit organization that diverts consumer electronics from the waste stream, ensuring that the material is properly recycled in accordance with the Basel Action network, the world’s only organization focused on confronting global environmental injustice of toxic trade.
In 2011, Surplus upgraded their lighting system to reduce more than 17,000 kWh annually. This year, the Surplus Exchange continued their commitment to a better environment by installing a 25 kW solar system. The solar system consists of 100 panels that will produce enough clean energy to power the organization’s facility.
Solar offers a limitless supply of clean, safe, and renewable energy. Here are some common questions you should consider about solar energy.
How do solar panels work?
Solar technology involves using sunlight to create a chemical reaction. A collection of panels is called a solar array. As sunlight reaches the squares, it triggers the release of electrons that are collected by tiny wires built into the cells to form an electrical current. This current is sent to an inverter, which converts it into usable electricity. Any unused energy is stored in a battery or feed into a utility grid system.
Can you install solar panels to an existing building?
Installing solar panels on an existing building is usually quite easy and offers many benefits including the environment and your bottom line. A solar system can stabilize your utility bill, making it easier to budget expenses. When the system is paid off, the utility bill is reduced or eliminated, and excess energy can be stored or sold to the utility company.
How much does a solar panel installation cost?
The net installed cost and system payback depends on several factors including: your location, the orientation of your proposed mounting location, the amount of sun you receive, utility rates and how much energy you use. In the Kansas City area, there are financial incentives offered by utility companies and the federal government that may offset your system costs.
Watch our team install a solar system at the Surplus Exchange: