Convenience store shows off solar panels
The Crosby's convenience store in Lockport, N.Y., says it expects the equivalent of 70 free days of electricity per year from an array of solar power panels it's now showing off.
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#1 Nov 10, 2013
70 day's. THAT'S IT????? OK. I see nothing was said about the cost of purchase and installation so...I'll pass.
#2 Nov 10, 2013
51.5Kw with a 198 panel array? Somebody screwed up on the math here. The typical solar panel being sold now is right around 200 watts per panel. With just 3 sun hours a day average, you're looking at 200 x 198 x 3 = 118800 watts or 118.8KW generated in a day. If this is 20% of the store's energy needs, these guys are using on average 594KWh a day. IF the installation is what is being considered average, then it is about $2.50 a watt installed for large arrays like this one. 118800 x 2.50 =$297,000.00. They should also get a FTC of 30% of the installation cost or $89,100 off of their taxes. Then there may be other incentives from the State or utility. But with just the FTC their installed cost should be somewhere around $207,900.
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