The total of the system and materials was $22K. I ended up spending about another $1,800 in permit fees and a structural engineer and $400 for an electrician, several hundred dollars for a guy to come help me out for the two afternoons he spent with me. Xcel Energy gave me $16,538 rebate. Fix cost based on the number of kilowatts you are installing and has nothing to do with how much you pay the permit office or the electrician. My final cost after rebate was $7,237. I started my research in solar probably about a year before I actually installed it went.
And got a couple of bids from some of the local solar people both from contractors that my friends have used as well as just searching the internet and while talking to one of the guys I find of developed a good feeling from him, and I asked the question Would it be possible to do some of the work myself and kind of learn along the way he said Sure I absolutely support the doityourselfer DIY so I said why don't you throw me bids, what it would cost just come home and have solar one day and what it would cost to have.
It done where I do some or all the work myself. And throw them both to me and I said let's try the second one. The guys name is Steve Cross from Sun Spot Solar. I gave him my electric bills and said this is how much I think I need to generate and he said I agree and lets do these types of panels 180 watts each, you will need some where around 19 to 22 we figured out 21 fit pretty well. So I went and got all the permit information from Golden, filled it out. He came by 12.
Hour one day he type all the Xcel application on the internet and I kind of ran the process and when I had a question I would just send him an email and he helped me out. I think in parallel we order the equipment he dropped off in my driveway. Then one of his installers came out and helped me for two afternoons and I pretty much myself put in the whole rack system on the roof and the installer came out and helped me kind of a two man job carrying the panels up, putting the panels down and bracketing them down.
GivePower Foundation Solar Panels For Schools Without Electricity
A big challenge that the community has is that the kids get taught during the day and in the evening the parents don't get an education because they work during the day they can't learn because there is no light in the school. Particularly for the adults they don't get a time during the day to be able to learn and be able to learn how to read and write. A lot of the seniors want to get educated. A lot of elders within the organization want to get educated. And it's also a nice facility in the evenings for them.
To gather and celebrate. And that's why I think bringing electricity to some of these parts of the world that never had it before is so exciting and meaningful. If you can bring electricity to rural areas, people who are once isolated are less so. And I think that if we can do this right and do this well, I think we can do it over and over and over again and really have a big impact on a lot of people. A school like this just will never get electricity unless you have local generation. It needs to change. We need to create electricity.
At the place where it is needed. We can skip the legacy infrastructure and build out the new infrastructure the smarter and better way. So our mission now is to bring light to this community. In the process we are sort of teaching them the skill, they get to see how we are installing, they are participating. There are some dual benefits there. It's simple to use. We have battery backup for the system and it will create a lot of electricity for them that they can use whenever they need to. The average consumer by them taking advantage.
Of solar through SolarCity they are actually helping this community as well. I think the dream is to create a culture within a company that is all about growing and giving. At SolarCity we grow our business by over one hundred percent annually in an effort to really bring alternative forms of energy to the rest of the country. If we can find a way internally to create a culture that is about growing and giving, we're like, yes, we are growing the business. Yes, we're bringing this technology to different parts of the United States. But then how do.
Solar Jobs Up for Grabs at PGESponsored Fair in San Francisco
These recent college graduates want to work in the solar industry so badly that they took a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Their destination PGE's Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, where the utility partnered with the nonprofit GRID Alternatives on a solar job fair. Their goals were simple. A whole bunch of connections and potentially fulltime employment. Job seekers mingled, were offered professional photos for social network profiles, practiced interviewing and got feedback on their resumes. The job fair the utility's third in as many years is just one.
Of the many ways PGE shows its commitment to solar. And it makes sense. PGE's service area has 25 percent of the nation's solar customers. That's more than anywhere else in the country. What's exciting about solar is that there's really a lot of opportunity and, not all opportunities that require advanced educations. What they do require is experience the ability to kind of hit the ground running. And, so what GRID Alternatives does, with support from PGE, is to make sure that folks who want to get that experience can get that.
Experience. Later, PGE presented GRID Alternatives with a $100,000 check to ensure solar is reaching underserved communities in Northern and Central California. Our goal at PGE is to ensure that we can support customer choice and solar growth. But, that's not just for customers who can afford, on their own, to choose solar as an option. GRID Alternatives has been a great partner for us for the last ten years because they've been focused on underserved communities, communities of color, and really building out solar to customers that wouldn't otherwise necessarily have the.
Means to do it on their own. PGE's partnership with GRID Alternatives has resulted in 60 million dollars in energy savings. Local officials are praising the work of companies like PGE and nonprofits like GRID Alternatives. When you have public and private partnerships, this is the essence of getting things done. PGE's work also is helping get more people into the job market, and the job fair is one example. After all, it's a growing industry. Solar is growing jobs at a rate 10 times faster than the average economy. So, ten times faster. It's.
Solar Panels Why Paul Chose Canadian ELPS Solar Panels!
Wow, what a view of Niagara Falls! I have several boarders in the house and they obviously use a fair bit of power and it's just generally high! As power goes up or costs go up, I was expecting my power bills to increase quite substantially. My power bills were approximately $2,000 $2,500 per quarter prior to my decision to actually look at solar. Ahhh... firstly I went looking around at different solar companies. I did have a small system put in, 1.5kw system to get a feel for solar. That really didn't even touch my.
Power bill. I ended up looking around and I ran into Michael, Michael Russo. Michael was really good about... he said down with me and actually worked out what power I was using, what power I would need, what sort of panels I would need to actually eliminate that. So it wasn't a matter of looking at cost, it was a matter of looking at reduction of that whole power bill. So it was... coming at it from a different angle that most people do.
They come and say it's going to cost you 'X' to put these in or it's going to cost you 'Y'. Michael looked at it from a different perspective and said, 'Well you're using 60kws, let's put in enough panels to get rid of that 60kws'. I did a lot of website searching and a lot of looking at different types of panels. The Canadian ELPS panels turned out to be one of the better panels that are around. And I was quite happy with Michael and all his suggestions and all the work that he did for me.
Well my understanding is that they... they're efficiency, the amount of power they actually output is greater than a normal panel... than most panels. I knew fully what they were doing today. I was really glad I was sitting here watching when they unloaded the 50 panels and I was thinking... 'You Beauty!'. There's a lot of horror stories as I said out there, that I'm hearing. But I've got confidence in Michael and his team, he seems to have a very good customer service base,.
Has all the information that I needed and I can support that by my own due diligence, in checking up on the internet and all that sort of stuff. Well, the quality of panels... I've checked them out. They've got triple insurance on them so they're covered for any breakage or anything like that, not only by Canadian ELPS but by three different insurance companies. So with this system now, I would expect that I would make quite considerable savings as time goes by and it doesn't really matter how much electricity goes up or down because.
SolarCity Unveils Worlds Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel with more than 22 Module Efficiency.
The Sun provides endless energy, but the average solar cell panel can convert only 14 to 20 of the energy it collects into usable electricity. Now, American energy company SolarCity has built the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere. SolarCity will begin producing the first modules in small quantities this month at its 100.
MW pilot facility, but the majority of the new solar panels will ultimately be produced at SolarCity's 1 GW facility in Buffalo, New York. SolarCity expects to be producing between 9,000 10,000 solar panels each day with similar efficiency when the Buffalo facility reaches full capacity. SolarCity's panel was measured with 22.04 percent modulelevel efficiency by Renewable Energy Test Center, a thirdparty certification testing provider for photovoltaic and renewable energy products. SolarCity's new panel is created via a proprietary process that significantly reduces the manufacturing cost relative to other highefficiency technologies, and it.
Why is the Solar System Flat
Our sun and the earth, and all the planets and moons and dwarf planets and asteroids and comets. The Solar System in short formed about 4.6 billion years ago from a nebulous cloud of swirling gas and dust which coalesced thanks to the irresistibly attractive force of gravity. However, this nebula started off more or less as a big shapeless blob. So how did our solar system end up with all the planets and their moons orbiting in a flat disk I mean, we've all seen the planetary model of the atom,.
Which is definitely wrong when applied to atoms. But it also kind of suggests that planets might revolve around the sun every which way. So is our solar system somehow special in its flatness Or is the planetary model of the atom doubly wrong Well, our solar system definitely isn't alone. Many exoplanets' star systems are flat, a lot of galaxies are flat, black hole accretion disks are flat, Saturn's rings are flat, etc. So why, when there's all of 3D space to fill, does the universe have this preference for flatness.
The answer has to do with two things collisions and the fact that we live in three dimensions. Bear with me. Anytime a bunch of objects held together by gravity are zooming and circling around, their individual paths are nearly impossible to predict. And yet, collected together, they have a single total amount that they spin about their center of mass. It may be hard to figure out exactly what direction that rotation is in, but the mathematics implies there must be some plane in which the cloud, taken as a whole, spins.
Now, in two dimensions, a cloud of particles rotating in a plane is flat by definition, it's in two dimensions. But in three dimensions, even though the rotation of the cloud is given by one plane, particles can whiz around far up and down from that plane. As the particles bump into each other, all the up and down motion tends to cancel out. It's energy lost in crashing and clumping. Yet, the whole mass must continue spinning inexorably, because in our universe, the total amount of spinning in any isolated system.
Always stays the same. So over time, through collisions and crashes, the cloud loses its loft and flattens into a spinning, roughly 2 dimensional disk shape, like a solar system or a spiral galaxy. However, in 4 spacial dimensions, the math works out such that there can be two separate and complementary planes of rotation, which is both really really hard for our 3Dthinking brains to picture and also means there's no up and down direction in which particles lose energy by collisions. So a cloud of particles can continue being just that. a cloud.
Day in the Life Solar Design Engineer
My name is Stefania, and I am a solar design engineer. and I work in a solar company called Luminalt here in San Francisco. And we install solar, thermal, and photovoltaic systems both for residential and commercial applications. Luminalt is a womanowned company. It is focused on building a sustainable community. Energy is a major problem nowadays. The main sources we are exploiting are damaging for our health. I wanted to focus on renewable energy because they seemed to be a good solution. I went to college in Italy. I took classes in.
And mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, both in the field of energy. So my role at Luminalt is providing customers with a designed solar system. So basically after your site visit, in which we have the possibility to talk with the customer and understand his needs, we analyzed their location, then there is a permitting phase in which we actually design the system to be built. So, usually, we use Google Sketch, for smaller residential systems, but when we go larger scale like commercial systems, I like to use AutoCAD, so I can be really precise.
And see how many panels I can fit, and what they will look like. Because I really believe that we live in a city and we won to see beauty around us like it really affect our I will present a witty try to a find the right balance between functionality and index that text you can see the country's which is running down and is going straight at to the inverter the this is more company it's a growing company but at this stage you have the possibility to work weaknesses person who will.
Continue so actually they're different schemes in which me you're developing in engineering part you have to be detail oriented and be very careful how you say it is a wire now you select anger yet hatch analytical skills but does he have to add set up newman's night means you have to deal with the client and really understudy meets understand what he wants i jus engineering because I thing keep key to the possible need to really batch the practical things the technique I ask things and we have a feeling that you can find solutions to problems.
SOLAR IN THE TAR SANDS Indigenous community launches solar powered health centre
The Lubicon Cree have been here since time immemorial. Indigenous people have a very intimate connection with our homelands here, in northern Alberta. And what we've seen instead is Industry coming in and taking over our lands and really exploiting them. It's had a detrimental impact. We see companies digging down into the earth, trying to extract the very last drops of oil. But instead, we can start looking up. We're bathing in sunlight all around us and we're not utilizing that energy. And so that's why our community has decided to install solar.
We've got a state of the art system going in here. I think it's really important that we take this project next level. Essentially 20.8 kilowatt capacity is what this will end up becoming. Which will connect in through the health center but which will feed the whole community in terms of energy. That's 80 panels, are going to go on top of these polls. We're very deliberate about this because we want it to be something that's still very much a central site in this community, that people will see.
It will welcome visitors and people will be reminded of it every day. We wanted to retain the land use potential. It's something that's going to be in the community, behind us, for at least 50 years. It's pretty amazing to see this project go up. A lot of the community members, the young people are working and getting hands on training right now. It's really amazing to see how, proud people are of it, and how it's a community project because all of this has been through the blood sweat and tears of the community.
This project matters to us because it represents who we are and where we are going in the future. When you see the work I can say that I did that, I took part and I did it right. So there will be a lot of people seeing it every day, and I can tell people I worked on this. Heh. I know that in a lot of the ceremonies and the songs, the sun is praised. Even the project name, Pitapan, means the coming of the dawn , and it's the coming of a new era.
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