Kind of a lame article without telling us the info on costs to us citizens. If
this solar farm puts out 1 MW, assuming efficiency of under 30%, and assuming
the value of power at $.10/kwhr, it'll generate on the order of
$250,000/year (minus operating and maintenance).Is that a good deal
for us or not? What did that thing cost??
What I do know about this solar plant… is that it does not
produce depleted uranium that will get more radioactive with time.
And it will not be a drag on precious water from the desert state of Utah.
The project will cost $3 million to build and will pay for itself in 10 years.
Is that a good deal for us? We have to pay to power the building
anyway. This way, in 10 years, the costs will be reduced drastically to just
maintenance. Sounds like a great deal to me.
I kinda looked in to it a little for my own use. I thought that the cost was to
much to ever get a pay back than to add the maintenance costs on, I thought it
would be a never ending expense. Too much for me. There are people in Alaska
that have air conditioners, People still buying the Golden Gate bridge. There
are some good sales people.
@ George: How much looking into it did you do? The solar panel installation
will cost $3 million. Once it is fully built, it will provide enough power that,
together with the solar array on top of the new Public Safety Building, the
Public Safety Building will not need any additional power from other sources -
there will be no power bills for the Public Safety Building. Over the course if
the next 10 years, taxpayers will save $3 million not paying for power for that
building. That will make the taxpayers even - the soar panels will have paid for
themselves. After that, the only costs associated with power for the new Public
Safety Building, will be maintenance costs for the solar arrays - costs that
will be much lower than the cost of power from the power company. How is this a bad thing? (In some areas of Alaska, the summer
temperature can get as high as 80 degrees - why wouldn't they have air
KalindraFor my own use. I figure to have 4 to 6 months covered in
snow and the life time of the equipment won't last. the cost of the
batteries and solar panels not worth it.
4 to 6 months covered in snow? It's November 27 today… where is the snow??
Ahhh, I feel so warm inside now. Everything is going to be OK.
@ George: Germany has much lower sunlight levels than Utah, but manage to do
very well with solar power. I apologize, I did slightly misread your
comment the first time - missed the personal use aspect. How long ago did you
look into it and did you take subsidies into consideration? Did you look at
panels or tiles? Prices have gone down while quality has gone up - personal
solar use becomes more and more realistic as time passes. For
something like the Public Safety Building, it actually makes a lot of sense.
4 acres to power one building? There's the rub.