A west facing system may produce more power during peak energy demand but a south facing system is better for overall ANNUAL production. Here in Los Angeles the best direction for annual production is about 195 degrees southwest.
I remember Arnold Schwarznegger's Million Solar Roofs program. Why is the rebate program winding down when there are still 840,000 more roofs to go?
Solar energy's ironic twist - those who could benefit from the technology the most are the ones who can afford it the least. It's good to see somebody is doing something about this.
Former oil tycoon turned solar advocate - we definitely could use more of them!
As with many things, the people who could benefit from solar power the most are those who can afford it the least.
Sandcanyongal: If you are using electricity you are just as much a part of the problem as anyone else. The best way to solve the energy problem you're talking about is to stop using electricity altogether, but I don't see anyone volunteering to do that.
On a different note, the main reason utilities are building wind and solar farms is so they can still SELL it to you. If you have solar on your own roof the electricity is all yours for free. The utility companies don't like this.
All this stuff that is being put up is to meet YOUR demand for electricity. If you don't like where it is coming from, stop using it. Then all the sources of power you are complaining about will no longer be needed.
A 27-year-old PV system is definitely one that was built in the "pioneer" days of solar power. Things have changed a lot since then, all the way down to the wires. There's a saying that goes "pioneers are easy to spot. they are the ones with the arrows in their back". Just about everything is due for an upgrade or replacement after 27 years, especially something that is exposed to the weather and is based on technology that is rapidly changing. How many people are still using things they bought 27 years ago like Windows 3.1 or landline-based answering machines? community solar is a great idea, but the Arizona system is past due for a well-deserved upgrade.
The people who could benefit the most from renewable energy are the ones who can afford it the least.
This could be part of a master plan. Sell the product outrageously cheap, wait for the American companies to go belly up, then buy up all the American companies.
I'm surprised the city of Chicago doesn't take offshore wind power more seriously. After all, they don't call it the "windy city" for nothing, and Lake Michigan is a perfect location for offshore wind.