[amsat-bb] Satellites and Solar (a)
Edward R Cole
kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Sat Apr 9 07:25:57 UTC 2016
I have been thinking about adding solar. Of course up here in the
sub-arctic winter nights are long and summer nights short, so seven
months of the year solar provides quite a bit. Doing co-generation
with the utility definitely reduces your personal utility costs if
you do not need battery banks.
I already have a standby gasoline generator (6500w Honda) for power
outages. Up here its quite normal to have five or so episodes
lasting up to twelve hours/each per year. Very nice to be able to
push button for electric start and resume normal life when the power
goes out. I can even run my kilowatt amp if I desired. We live in
the country so have own well and septic so having backup power keeps
everything running. Heat is natural gas but furnace needs power for
blower and ignition.
I inquired at the local power office when recently paying the bill
and they support co-gen so all I need to is do my research and save
BTW I installed solar panels at work before I retired so have a bit
of background. Solar insolation on a cloudy day is only 70% down
from a clear day.
If enough private solar power were built it probably would offset
building some of the utility infrastructure in the future. That
might even lower the utilities' cost. Up here one utility installed
several large windchargers out on a island which has reliable
sustained wind which is supplementing the grid (25Mw I
believe). There is ample hydro power so solar might depend on the
small private sector to build?
73, Ed - KL7UW
Nikiski, AK BP40iq
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 17:31:21 -0400
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And the price of commercial electricity will go up because the power
companies will still have to support the infrastructure to supply the
full load at night or during cloudy weather yet have it sitting idle
when as they say "The Sun is shining."
----snipped the rest of the long thread that everyone has already read - right/
73, Ed - KL7UW
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