Oh, Shut up. Solar is COMING, for sure…

18 Jun

Recently, I’ve been talking with a smart group of Canadians who are going to build a plant focused right at ISBU Residential Construction. They GET it. They want to build affordable, energy efficient, Tonka Tough homes for their families. 

The way I understand it… one of their primary backers is a Solar Power developer who has giant arrays of  PV’s (Photovoltaic Panels)  positioned in framework up off the ground.

They sit so high that you can actually enclose the area beneath them to BUILD a HOME for that Plant.

The idea behind doing this isn’t much different than building a “shaded parking lot” ala the ones you see all over the Eastern  Seaboard.

They even have these Solar collector arrays in places like (gasp!) California! 🙂

We regularly implement PVs into ISBU Home builds to not only reduce power costs, but to eliminate them completely. It’s not mystery or Sci Fi.

But while all this is going on, those Energy Naysayers continue to bash Solar (Photovoltaic) Power.

So, I offer you this;

From TPM:

Carl Franzen June 15, 2012, 6:02 AM 1916

A new report on the state of the solar industry in America indicates that despite a global oversupply and a potential trade war with China, the U.S. solar industry had its second-best quarter ever in terms of installations, during the first quarter of 2012.

The number of installations, 506 megawatts worth, enough to power just over 350,000 homes, was bested only by the fourth quarter of 2011, which saw a whopping 708 megawatts worth of solar installed.

On top of that, the report, drafted by clean-energy market analysis firm GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association and released Tuesday, a trade group, forecasts that total U.S. installed solar power will increase 75 percent his year alone, with 3.3 gigawatts-worth of solar power installed, compared to the 4.4 gigawatts that are currently installed in the country and were added over years of development.

“This will be by far the largest year we’ve ever had for solar in the U.S.,” said Shayle Kann, vice president of research at GTM, in a phone interview with TPM. “Relative to expectations, the first quarter was very strong. We saw both the commercial and residential markets grow.”

Indeed, commercial solar installations, those put in place on corporate properties, accounted for the overwhelming majority’s worth of solar power installed in the quarter — 288.8 megawatts, according to the GTM and SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight report.

Furthermore, residential power installations (those installed on homes) accounted for 93.9 megawatts. The final category, utilities power installations, or solar put in place by power companies, accounted for 123.6 megawatts of installations, but that number was actually a steep decline from both the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

However, as the report points out, “direct comparisons between these two quarters [fourth and first] carry little meaning,” because “construction timelines for a relatively few large projects can cause large swings from quarter to quarter more than any underlying market dynamics.”

In essence: The natural construction cycle for solar projects and other power installations, governed by weather and the fiscal year, means that generally, utilities won’t be installing solar panels in larger numbers until later in the year, so long as they have those projects already lined up, “in the pipeline,” as it were.

“The pipeline is still huge,” Kann told TPM.

What do solar homeowners say to the solar naysayers?

I beg to differ. My home in California is solar powered and generates more than I use. The monthly payments on the loan to buy the solar array were exactly the same as my electrical bills (which are now zero), and now I’ve paid off the loan after 3 years. This was before any subsidies. The warranty on the solar hardware is 20 years.

Read more about this HERE.

PS. Thanks, Tony!