Menham and others. There is surplus electricity at night , Off Peak that gets dumped since there is no way to store it or ramp it down. So if you charge at night like 80% of the EV drivers do you save that excess energy.
Also an electric is 80% efficient, a gas car only 15% efficient, a diesel on 30% efficent. Cars idle and make deadly carbon monoxide. My EV runs off my home that is 110% solar, I make more than I use for the car and home.
Add up the entire system. Electric wins hands down!
We need a National Net-Metering rule. All power companies should have to give equal credits for clean renewable solar. It should be paid or credited at the Peak Time Of Day rate. It should also be equal to the higher rates the utilities charge other customers for Renewable power.
What's fair for them should be fair and equal to GRID Ties Solar customers.
France is learning that Nuclear is not sustainable and Solar is. The facts keep adding up along with their tons of deadly waste.
The known big name PV makers like First Solar, Solar World , Sanyo and Sunpower are always top quality. They also have been around a long time and stand behind what they make. Trying to buy off brands at low prices would be a problem. One cheap poor quality maker could make the entire industry look bad. Always buy quality, it pays.
Panels keep getting better and output is amazing. The Sunpower PV is almost double any others, best in high heat and even low light. The cost is so low because of output and quality why look for anything else.
very nice, This can improve mny products,
when will we see this in comercial products, 1 year ,10 years ? and at what cost ?
Tesla and Solarworld have teamed up with a lithium battery solution. The same advanced batteries used in the new Tesla S 300 mile range EV. Others are doing the same, even large utilties are putting in lithium battery backup by the mega watt. Altair Nano lithium has done some demo projects for utilties.
The best is V2G Vehicle To GRID using your advance EV as a power source of storage. Most cars site 20+ hours a day. Tine Of Day metering makes it good, voltage regulation makes it actually good for your batteries.
We want to encourage manufactures to locate in the USA. A few have already folded so this is late but welcome. Evergreen solar was one of the best in the world and US located with string ribbon panels. Too bad this wasn't in time for them.
Sunpower is the best in the world with HQ in California but panels made in the Philippines. Don't cut them off until you give them time to locate in the USA for manufacturing. It's the cheap China panels we have to stop.
Phil, Great point on the SREC's . I think all solar jobs should stop taking the few cents from SRP and APS in AZ and get the SREC market going. That incentives actually comes from us as rate payers to begin with and utilities should have never been taking tham like the AZCC set up in the past. It's time to stop.
I also have solar PV 4Kw and Solar hot water, 4 solar ovens and solar tube lights for daytime. I run my home and 100% electric LEAF and the utiltiy still owe's me at the end of this year 1,200 kwh !
Kev I viewed your concept page and it's trying to say H2 hydrogen is an answer. It's just an energy carrier making most H2 today is from fossil fuel and takes 4 times as much energy at 100 time the cost of using electric direct and having lithium batteries for storage. Vehicles sit 20+ hiours a day and V2G-101.com can use that storage for more renewables and regulation of the GRID.
These are hard adjustments to the falling cost of PV panels and fast growth. It needs to be done slowly. A percentage does that automatically.
Hey I wonder why this hasn't been done on the big subsidies Nuclear and OIL still get. That would make Solar look even better while adjustments are made.
We should learn to work with the Utiltiy. Some think they are gready, they think you are energy hogs using most at the Peak Time of day. We have to help each other.
In California they made rules that let the utiltiy save part of the money if they did things that helped us reduce use. They had Net-Metering before most states and lead in solar PV and solat hot water systems. Usrs have also not used more energy while the rest of the country has almost doubles their use by person.
Let's find ways that we save and the utuiltiy saves. Better rules and becoming aware of the real expenses can save us all a lot of money and maybe save the world !