Stick solar energy mandates 'where the sun don't shine'
A growing number of municipalities across the United States are dictating minimum percentages for solar-generated energy in residential and commercial buildings.
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#1 Mar 19, 2013
"Unlike natural gas, solar energy is only available when the sun is shining. On average, solar systems are fully functional about six to eight hours a day. Even a small-scale solar system that supplies only a fraction of a building's electricity will probably need 10 to 15 lead acid storage batteries."
"James D. Kellogg is a professional engineer in Glenwood Springs, the author of the thriller Radical Action, and the founder of LiberTEAWatch. com."
Kellogg, for a "professional" you're all over the place. First YOU claim a small solar system would need "10 to 15" lead acid storage batteries. If you have storage, you have power when the sun goes down. Ever hear of grid tied solar? You don't "store" energy in batteries, but do get an energy credit from the utility to use at night and on cloudy days. The utility doesn't have to build any more peak usage generation sources, submit EIRs, go to court to defend some power generation project or install more power corridors to "ship" the generated product to market. The utility doesn't have to maintain the system and if it does fail and the homeowner/generator doesn't fix the system, the utility gets its 24/7 customer back once again. You wouldn't happen to be a Civil Engineer working for the naural gas industry now would you? Which would make sense, you are afraid your job future is in jeopardy if alternative energy sources become common place like the gas and oil infrastructure that has taken about 150 years to put in place. I'm surprised you stand against people being able to make a decision to protect themselves from corporate cronyism by generating some or all of their power needs. No Kellogg, you come off not as a "professional" but as a part of the problem, not the solution. As for power storage options, some utilities are trying out very large battery banks, some NaS, some Li Ion and some are using "wet" batteries like Redox batteries. So, when the utilities get their act together and put in place power storage along the grid, intermittant power generation sources like wind and PV could be stored and used as a spinning, baseload power generation source.
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