The chart A SOLAR STAR makes no sense. KW are not generated, kWhs are. I assume
the heading should be power generation capacity (kW). Even the average kWs per
project in the chart varies widely. For example, in 2012 the average kW/project
is 37, and in 2016 it is 7. Beyond this, to look at installed capacity is
meaningless comparison. One should be looking at power generated (kWhs) each
year and compare that to power generated by other sources. Solar generated
electricity is so small compared to what is actually consumed from all other
sources, to conclude solar is booming is misleading. The solar industry is also
stuck in the 1970s relative to sales tactics. You don’t get the full story
about its limitations, cost benefit assumtions, how much you really need and
there is pressure to sign up “today”. Seldom is anything said about
heating in winter, because a roof full if solar panels is not nearly enough. It
is very difficult to get any actual data on how well a house can run with roof
top panels only. The solar industry needs to educate people with this
information before they buy. Of course, if they do, sales will go down a lot.
We recently moved here from Los Angeles area. Edison costs for electricity is
very high since the AC is going 7 or more months per year. Some months my bills
were close to $1000.I put solar panels on the house and recovered
its cost in 7 years. Edison bills less than $100 per month were common. That
include pool pump, air conditioners, and lights.Solar is a smart
investment, but you need to match your solar generation to you needs unless
electric company pays you for your surplus energy. Not sure they do it here.
SoCal Edison did not.
Thidder - the air in the SLC valley, like a lake, distributes pollutants. The
smoke from a BBQ in your yard does not stay in your yard. Any improvement you
make in reducing pollution helps everyone in the valley. The people in SLC are
helping clean the air in Sandy. Our country was built on good citizens doing
things that didn't just help themselves.Patriot - I guess we
shouldn't have cars either, since they would be damaged by a massive hail
storm. Answer = insurance. You would probably need to replace your roof
anyway.G'day Batfink - Yes, solar only makes power when the sun
shines, but you can back up the solar with batteries for 24 hour use. Or you can
convert coal and oil fired power plants to natural gas to clean up the air.
Pebble bed nuclear reactors hold out the promise of making nuclear waste a much
more manageable issue (something China is spending loads of money on) and
ultimately, nuclear fusion would offer unlimited, pollution free energy. What we need to do is stop wasting oil on things like cars and power.
Oil is a finite resource and we will need it for lubricants, powering aircraft,
Thidder - MAPLETON, UTApril 7, 2018 6:56 a.m."If I add solar
panels to my roof in Sandy, how does that reduce pollution and increase air
quality in Salt Lake? Inquiring minds would like to know."The
air you breath in Sandy isn't any different than the air in SLC.Solar helps to reduce the need for coal fired power plants putting out so much
pollution, which helps globally. Every state west of the Mississippi can
benefit heavily from solar energy. As for the claim made by another
commenter about "grapefruit" sized hail in Provo, google doesn't
back up that claim.Also, damage due to natural causes wouldn't
be covered under a warranty. Homeowners insurance would cover the damage though
because wind, rain, hail, are covered perils."Just after 3 p.m.
a pounding rain and hail storm passed over Provo and Springville. Traffic on
1-15 between the two cities came to a standstill about 3:30 p.m. when the storm
reduced visibility and covered the freeway with a sheet of water and hail.Nickel-sized hail also pounded parts of Salt Lake County..."
Solar is a good thing in reducing air pollution, saving water, and making a
resistant power grid. Salt Lake City is a great city seeking to
become better. Thank you, Salt Lake City.
If I add solar panels to my roof in Sandy, how does that reduce pollution and
increase air quality in Salt Lake? Inquiring minds would like to know.
How will the President's new 30 percent tax on imported parts for solar
energy affect all this. Approximately 80 percent of our solar energy materials
are imported, I think.
i wonder if the expense is cost effective?
The problem with everyone going solar is that it makes coal-fired power plants
more expensive to run, so they ultimately close down- then when the sunlight is
blocked, there's nothing to replace your electricity shortfall unless you
have a diesel generator. Don't get me wrong, I love solar
however, being a Latter Day Saint I'm also aware that there's a whole
big prophecy in Revelations about a 'mountain of fire' in the last
days that is cast into the sea.Don't forget, Joseph
Smith's father had to find work elsewhere after the Indonesian Tambora
volcano which blocked the sun over the USA for 2 years.The idea the
radical greens are putting forward that says 'coal fired and nuclear plants
can just fire back up when needed' is plain wrong- you'd be looking at
6-12 months to bring a decommissioned coal fired power plant back to life and 2
years minimum to bring an old nuclear power plant back to life.
having glass on your roof? I recall back in about 1994 working in Provo when an
incredible hail storm hit. I believe it was April and suddenly these golf ball
to grape fruit sized chunks of ice were tearing trees down and shattering car
windows in the parking lot and hopelessly denting cars and power transformers
sparking. Quite the scene. It lasted for about 30 min and the damage was unreal.
Since then I recall a few lesser hail storms so I wonder about having silicon
glass on my roof. Expensive glass. Obviously hardened silicon material but
honestly I know for a fact this 94 storm would have destroyed solar panel's
. I would hope people have a 20 year replacement warranty on these things when
they buy them.
Am I the only one out there that is a bit concerned that the Salt Lake City
Department of Sustainability seems not to understand the difference between a
kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour.