I use F.I.T. at my home to make GRDI tied solar pay off 3 to 4 times faster. I do Feed In Transportation and replace a gallon of gas with 10 KWH's of clean renewable energy. I have a very efficent home that I have imporved over the lst 10 years and my 4KW system runs my home, my vehicles and gets credits back from the Utility that I also help during the peak time of day.
It's pretty easy that a common guy like me can do it. LED lights are 10 time more efficient than incadencents and don't make heat. Better insulation and solar screens are low cost with high payback, a radiant barrier in the attic also pays off . With renewables it's about being smarter than a smart meter.
It would be even bigger if the Utilities in our area didn't cut their incentives. They also spend a lot on big projects so the funds run low even fatser.
They also don't have the FIT Fed In Tarrif like Germany where they pay the real value of Peak Time of Day ,clean , renewable energy.
We need to work together and be connected to the GRID.
When we are GRID connected we share and help the utility, our neighbors and the world. When you are off GRID you need tons of batteries and waste energy and resources.
Nuclear is not firm power, it has to be shut down every 18 months for refueling. It takes weeks or longer, 95% of the urnium is imported. How firm and scalable is that?
COAL uses a lot of water, makes tons of waste and needs to be feed dirty COAL night and day while only running at 30% efficiency.
Renewables are the best and all work together, Soll days, winding nights , solid geo-thermal etc.
Solar has been cheaper since 2004. Just stop the 30+ years of incentives for Nuclear, COAL and natural gas and you will see the answer.
Not a single Nuclear plant has been built on it's own economics. All are goverment financed and insured.
Solar has and will keep getting lower in cost year already pays for itself. Solar PV uses no water and makes no pollution and needs no fuel.
A few facts-
Nuclear in the USA is run on 95% imported uranium, hasn't taken care of the waste. It uses valuable water .
The US GRID has excess energy off peak, you can't ramp down a COAL plant, Nuclear or even hydro. Most EVs will charge at night.
A Solar GRID tried system like I have helps the GRID during the day and again at night since I use the excess GRID energy instead of wasting it.
With V2G Vehicle to GRID EVs can help the GRID by storing and dispaching energy as needed.
EVs will come down in cost as fossil fuels run out and cost more. Lets work with this amazing new choice we have.
Great facts. Most people don't know they have been subsidizing coal for 30 years not to mention nuclear. Solar is clean and safe not to mention very cost effective making most when you need it most and sleeping while you do.
Hmm, I did notice any mention of their actual cost of electricity which is said to be the highest in the USA. Since they save that upfront before they make extra and feed into the GRID I would think that would be part of the entire economic analysis.
Hawaii gets 90% of their electricity from OIL. Everything is imported. Solar is local, and clean and statb;e. OIL is subsidized and not stable or clean.
True Hawaiians honor the land and sky. Solar honrs that too. In Hawaii they have geo thermal, solar thermal, solar PV, wave power, and wind. Maybe it will soon become the TRUE land of paradise with clean energy all from nature.
Don't miss the perfect connection to almost free storage, the new advanced plugin vehicles. V2G Vehicle to GRID has already been used and can regulate the power in the GRID or even run your home or small business.
With Millions of new advanced battery vehicles all sitting for 20+ hours a day they can easily store and release power as needed. ACPropulsion has used their vehicles with 150-300 mile range and long life lithium batteries to show how this works.
Plug-in vehicles with advanced batteries can reduce OIL imports of almost 1 Billion a day, provide clean efficient transportation and help the GRID.
A few facts please.
OIL /gas really costs $11.50 a gallon since we subsidize it and have been since 1970. Check the HR6 that tried to stop the payouts to big oil.
A gas car is 20% efficient. IE RMI did a study and only 1% moves you, the rest is used to move the big heavy vehicle, make pollution and lost in friction of the 2,000 moving parts in an engine.
We can make and power an EV from our solar roof top or wind generator and run our home. I've been doing it since 2001.
If you charge at night Off Peak it uses excess energy, you can't turn off or ramp down coal, nuclear or even hydro power.
The cost of EV's just like PC's and CellPhones will come down. The cost of OIL and Natural gas will rise and run out.
Chu needs a few basic facts.
a gas car is 20% efficient, idles, wears out brakes and pollutes.
An EV never idles, is 80%+ efficient and makes enrgy while regenerating to sloew down.
OIL is running low, The USA hits Peak OIL in 1970.
We have excess electric Off Peak all over the USA. Electricity is make in the USA, OIL is 60% imported at about $1 Billion a day.
I've never seen or heard of an Abound solar panel. How many are in the field working and how do they hold up on a 25 year warranty than most panels have?