Saturday, March 04, 2006

Solar . . In Massachusetts? Now that's a good sign

At Minute Man National Historical Park, the Battles of Lexington and Concord

Hey solarDwellers:

All ye residents, cities, agencies of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah . . I mean basically all territories South and West of Massachusetts!!! Thy people shall have no excuse to not go for solar. If this northern state can go for the solar gusto, with fewer sun-hours per day than others that are blessed with more sun, we must get our ______ (you shall fill in the blank)in gear as well.

Here's a nice description from the article onRenewable Energy Access(again, a go-to site to know what's going on in the sustainable energy world):

Solar PV Installed at Park Stimulates Renewable Energy in Region
March 1, 2006

The 30 kW photovoltaic (PV) installation has 108 solar panels, which will assist the growing energy needs for the facility through the use of renewable resources, generating more than 33,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
"Over the 35-year lifetime of this PV installation, the 30 kW solar electric system will replace the energy equivalent of 150 tons of coal or 31,000 gallons of gasoline and avoids 756 tons of carbon dioxide emissions," said Rodney Powell, president and COO of WMECO. "Photovoltaics produce clean, free energy. Because climate change, air pollution, and depletion of natural resources are some of the most significant problems facing the world today, we're excited about implementing this progressive approach to using clean, renewable energy at the Technology Park."

Think of that again: the same as 31,000 gallons gasoline-equivalent of energy. If we imagine 30kW of solar is enough for about 12 households (30kW/2.5kW per house), let's put it in terms of gasoline consumption of 12 cars. That's like 6-years' worth of gasoline equivalent for each household if their cars get 24mpg and drive 10,000 miles per year. Of course solar doesn't replace the amount you drive, unless you plug an electric car into the grid(which has been done), but the comparison gives a homeowner who puts solar on his/her house the idea that the positive impact of that installation is like not driving for 6 years. Wow, that's a lot of pollution savings!

Another good reason to go solar!
--the solarDweller
P.S. and just get a plug-in hybrid to go with that solar

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