Ignore This, Unless Your Only Goal Is to Help Out Power Companies
Bill Quick

Most solar panels are facing the wrong direction, say scientists – Telegraph

Thousands of people have spent vast sums of money installing eco-friendly
solar panels but most will have probably had them fitted facing the wrong
way, according to energy experts.

The solar power industry is being urged to reconsider its approach to
installing panels after one of the UK’s leading experts, Professor Ralph
Gottshalg of Loughborough University says too many solar panels are facing
in the wrong direction.

Professor Gottshalg said Germany has too many solar panels which means that
its grid is disrupted on sunny Summer lunchtimes with a flood of solar power
so cheap it has to be almost given away.

He is urging to the UK to follow Germany’s recent policy of putting panels on
east-west facing roofs to smooth the supply of power during the day and
prevent spikes of power at midday.

Conventional wisdom in the northern hemisphere is to face solar panels south
so they get the most exposure to sunlight during the day.

And, of course, that is precisely the correct direction if your goal is to have a source of power for your battery banks in the event of a grid-down situation.

Not that anything like that could ever, ever happen.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Ignore This, Unless Your Only Goal Is to Help Out Power Companies — 5 Comments

  1. The economics of solar are different out here, mostly because rates are so high that they make a LOT more economic sense (paying off in 3-4 years rather than 15-20). The local utility was initially quite upset about it, to the point that they had lobbied for and won a regulation limiting the number of solar installations that would be allowed.

    Recently that was undone in favor of a requirement to have a cutoff on your solar installation (basically so that, in case of certain types of grid failure, power-from-solar doesn’t toast power company equipment…) They’re bleedin’ everywhere around here.

    Of course, if they got an LNG terminal in so they didn’t have to burn oil for power, that price would drop to something more reasonable. But that would require a major industrial installation in Hawaii, so good bloody luck getting it approved (certainly the power company ain’t in any hurry!)

    At any rate, the local utility had estimated that of something like 500 utility districts on the island, over 100 generated more power than they consumed during the day. Of course, the question (that was not answered) was whether those were rural districts that don’t consume a whole lot of power to start with, or bedroom communities with most of the inhabitants at school or work during those hours…

    • “Recently that was undone in favor of a requirement to have a cutoff on your solar installation (basically so that, in case of certain types of grid failure, power-from-solar doesn’t toast power company equipment…) ”

      Snort–that’s supposed to be the case everywhere in a grid-tie situation anyway. In a power outage, like after a storm, you don’t want to energize the local wires unexpectedly and fry a line worker.

  2. Competent in this case really means the organization and not him personally. I think it is certain that the game plan or the message is not his. He is a mouthpiece and front man. Hence the teleprompter. Stay on message and here’s the message. His lowest moments have come off teleprompter. I will say that he is probably smart enough to “get it” when his handlers devise a message in order to show their contempt for us Americans.

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