Date of publication: 2017-08-30 07:44
But the unemployed residents weren't out of work for long. Most of the 855 to 955 oil field workers found jobs installing solar panels beneath the hot and abundant West Texas sun.
Another note on lifespan ironically, what PV arrays really don 8767 t like are heat or sunlight. In this way, the cooler temperatures and less intense solar radiation we get up here, as compared to the sorts of places one thinks of with 8775 solar power, 8776 are probably going to give us lower degradation and lower chances of failure. Obviously, though, the body of experience is still pretty slim only really early adopters have had small scale systems in operation for a decade or more!
How would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 8D printing technologies. They have developed
Yes, you heard me right, solar energy can power your home. The system needed isn t that complex when you examine the devices needed. Simply add solar panels to collect sunlight and convert it into electricity. DC power (direct current) is then sent to an inverter, which converts DC power into Ac power, which now runs your home. Through the use of transfer switches and other safety devices, your clean, renewable power source is capable of powering your home, camper, cabin, tool shed, or any. MORE other building for that matter.
An excellent point we 8767 ll see what it does do for us when we finally put this place on the market! We figured all our paybacks out to the 65 year point (when our will be 68 that 8767 s sort of a placeholder downsize/empty-nest time frame) but never really considered the resale value bump. I guess that in California and Colorado, where rooftop solar is somewhat established, there 8767 s a reasonable expectation of what that resale bump will be (I was hearing figures of a few thousand dollars per installed DC kW), but it is new enough in the Northwest that there really isn 8767 t much data so we did our models without it.
We don’t have a battery backup system. It just didn’t make financial sense given that we’re in an area with extremely stable utility service. While there’d be some comfort in having a short-term backup, the added cost and complexity (both quite considerable) outweighed the benefits of battery backup.
Thanks, I 8767 m glad it was interesting! It can be a bit intimidating there are so many options and the payback draws from so many different sources (savings, incentives, etc.) it certainly took us a few rounds to feel like we understood the whole deal, and I 8767 m happy to share.
We 8767 ve been sharing moments of our 8775 Solar in Seattle 8776 experiment on Facebook, and there have been a lot of questions about the process, technology, cost and more.
New technology thin-film solar modules are much less bulky, and have recently been developed as applications such as solar roof tiles and “amorphous” flexible solar modules. The downfall is that thin-film is currently less efficient than crystalline wafer solar.