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Solar-powered studio is icing on the CAKE

There are 7 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Dec 29, 2009, titled Solar-powered studio is icing on the CAKE. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Off-shore wind power. Vanishing kelp forests. Plastic water bottles going into landfills.

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Since: Sep 09

Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 2, 2010
All for recycling and alternative, clean energy sources. The more we utilize them the cheaper they will get. Good for CAKE:)
IRT

Petaluma, CA

#2 Jan 2, 2010
Green band - you gotta be kidding me, notice they are standing by their "Green" motor home. If the studio is 100% solar guess they do not work when the sun isn't shining. The reporter did a dis-service with this article and no important questions were asked or answered - like what did this cost, what did this cost in carbon output to produce, what is the back up system at night, where does the power at night come from, etc.

Since: Nov 09

Vallejo

#3 Jan 2, 2010
IRT wrote:
Green band - you gotta be kidding me, notice they are standing by their "Green" motor home. If the studio is 100% solar guess they do not work when the sun isn't shining. The reporter did a dis-service with this article and no important questions were asked or answered - like what did this cost, what did this cost in carbon output to produce, what is the back up system at night, where does the power at night come from, etc.
Those are not uncommon questions, you might benefit by learning more about solar energy, how it's stored and available even when the sun is gone and at night. Some homemade systems can cost less than $2000 and power companies even buy what can't be used. Solar and wind power don't have a carbon footprint.

I've sent away for some plans. I want to explore the possibilities for my house without the commercial price tag.
IRT

Petaluma, CA

#4 Jan 2, 2010
Invest in Vallejo wrote:
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Those are not uncommon questions, you might benefit by learning more about solar energy, how it's stored and available even when the sun is gone and at night. Some homemade systems can cost less than $2000 and power companies even buy what can't be used. Solar and wind power don't have a carbon footprint.
I've sent away for some plans. I want to explore the possibilities for my house without the commercial price tag.
I have looked into it, an average home will require between 8 to 12 MW of solar power- up front cost is about 56 to 91,000. Most power companies are regulated whereas they will not buy back the power. The savings I get will be realized in 42 years if this system still works then, most warranties run for 3 to 5 years, at night or when fog/clouds/storms the system will not work leaving me dependent on PG&E, a battery back up system with inverters will run about 275,000 and with this should have possible interrupted power supply. So for a up front cost of around 350,000 I can power my house, or pay PG&E 200 a month to do so with them adsorbing all the cost for transmission and repairs. 200 a month is 145 years to equal the 350,000.00 for solar - yea solar is a good deal - IE Bullshit. My house is now worth about that amount- 350,000 and if I invest the cost of solar will my house be worth 700,000 , I don;t think so --- and to top it off I live in a bird fly way - just imagine what the environmentalist will require me to do, probably and EIR/EIS and that costs about 1.2 million. I think it is time the reporters start looking into the fact and quit the green agenda unchecked- let's start dealing with the facts not the BS.

Since: Nov 09

Vallejo

#5 Jan 2, 2010
IRT
I don't agree with your information. I built a solar home years ago with HID money. was the builder not the owner, it had a backup system. While solar technology is way over priced, there are some solutions. Currently by the way, the City of Vallejo is selling back PG&E.
IRT

Petaluma, CA

#6 Jan 2, 2010
Invest in Vallejo wrote:
IRT
I don't agree with your information. I built a solar home years ago with HID money. was the builder not the owner, it had a backup system. While solar technology is way over priced, there are some solutions. Currently by the way, the City of Vallejo is selling back PG&E.
Your information is incorrect, what was the system you installed and what was the back up remember 10 normal light bulbs is 1 MW, where did this HID money come from ? What are the solutions you indicate , Vallejo is not selling back to PG&E, Vallejo gets a stipend for there solar power about 50 MG equals 500 light bulbs from the State paid by taxpayers. It is time for you and the reporters to get the facts straight !

Since: Nov 09

Vallejo

#7 Jan 2, 2010
I meant HUD... and we do not agree and it isn't worth debating.

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