One Family’s Success with Solar Panels

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by

Solar panels a worth investment for households, PV projects totally 54-MW have been approved in which state, and information about the first hybrid street sweeper and where its located.

Solar Panels a Worthy Investment for Households

One family’s electric bill dropped from over $400 to $5 per month. Phil and Lanie Koziel recently installed solar panels on their roof, an investment of $47,000. However, with state and federal subsidies covering a $18,000 dollars, their array of 35 solar panels. The 7.5-megawatt system is sufficient to cover more than the family’s monthly needs. The excess energy will be stored on the grid for now and after one year, officials are working on a plan that will enable the Koziels can sell it to their utility, PG&E, and make money off the panels. Smaller systems are available for families with lower energy consumption that are more affordable, especially with subsidy programs.

New Mexico Approves Five PV Projects Totaling 54-MW

New Mexico is ready to soak up the sunshine on 54-megawatts of photovoltaic solar deployments for five sites in Lea and Eddy counties. SunEdison and Southwestern Public Service Company have linked with local and state dignitaries to begin construction at one of the sites. All five sites are scheduled to reach commercial operation by the end of next year. The PV arrays are expected to generate 112 million kilowatt hours of energy in the first operational year. The project will bring New Mexico closer to meeting its goal of generating 15 percent of the state’s electric power through renewable sources by 2015.

TVA Expands Wind Portfolio

The Tennessee Valley Authority is adding to its renewable portfolio with a contract for 44-MW from an Iowa wind farm. The agreement with Horizon Wind Energy LLC grants the TVA electricity generated by the turbines at Horizon’s Pioneer Prairie wind farm. The TVA will being receiving the energy in the beginning of 2012. This newest agreement increases the TVA’s renewable wind power generating systems to 1,600-megawatts.

Cleaner Roads and Cleaner Air

New York City used their first hybrid street sweeper, the Allianz 4000, to clean the roads. The sweeper is a diesel hybrid uses up to 45 percent less fuel than traditional machines. It utilizes two lithium-ion batteries of 12 volts each and an electric traction drive system in addition to the diesel engine. The truck can reach 60 miles per hour, giving it the ability to drive on highways, but typically runs at a calm 3-7 mph. In addition to the cheaper fueling, the low emissions are beneficial for cities where sweepers must meet environmental standards. Allianz has not decided on a per-unit price for its truck.

DOE Approves Loan for Solar Project

Energy Secretary Steven Chu returned from the Cancun climate talks and announced a $400 million loan for Abound Solar Manufacturing. The company is to manufacture unique thin-film solar panels in Longmont, Colorado and Tipton, Indiana. This is the fifth American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project so far and the DOE expects 840-megawatts of solar panels to be produced annually. Abound Solar estimates the project will create 1,000 jobs in Indiana and an additional 200 in Colorado. The panels will be produced using thin films of Cadmium-Telluride deposited into glass panels. This innovative technology is more efficient than crystalline silicon panels and reduces overall production costs.

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