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Solar Co-op Info Session FL SUN NEW...1.17.16

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Solar Co-op Info Session FL SUN NEW...1.17.16

  1. 1. Solar Info Session
  2. 2. Overview • Who we are • How we got started www.flsun.org
  3. 3. Who we are We are a network of people taking control of our energy by installing solar and generating our own electricity.
  4. 4. How we got started Started in 2007 • It wasn’t easy!
  5. 5. How we got started
  6. 6. Helping communities go solar
  7. 7. Presentation in three parts: 1. Solar technology 2. How solar co-ops work 3. Solar economics
  8. 8. Part 1: Solar technology
  9. 9. Part 1: Solar technology How does a solar panel work? • Solar photovoltaic (PV) • Converts solar energy to electricity
  10. 10. Cell Panel / Module Solar Array Part 1: Solar technology System components • Panels
  11. 11. Racking system Inverter Part 1: Solar technology System components • Inverter(s) • Racking system
  12. 12. Part 1: Solar technology Terminology • Kilowatts (kW) • Kilowatt-hours (kWh) • System measured in kW • Electricity production in kWh • Most homeowners install between 2 kW – 12 kW
  13. 13. INSTALLATIONTAKEN FROM WWW.HUFFINGTONPOST.COM Part 1: Solar technology How does solar connect to my roof?
  14. 14. Part 1: Solar technology
  15. 15. Solar Co-op Information Session Part 1: Solar technology How does it connect to my electrical panel? • Simple connection • Most home electric systems don’t need upgrades before solar
  16. 16. Roof faces southerly direction No shading Enough space to mount panels Part 1: Solar technology What makes a good site for solar?
  17. 17. VIA WATTPATROL.COM Part 1: Solar technology How a solar PV system works (grid-tied)
  18. 18. Part 1: Solar technology What is Net Metering? • Allows flow of electricity to AND from customer • When generating is more than using, extra electricity flows back through meter • You get a credited on your power bill for that production • Monthly electric bill: [Amount electricity used] – [Amount electricity produced] • Utilities required by law to let you net meter
  19. 19. Part 1: Solar technology What happens when the power goes out? • When grid is down, solar shuts off • Safety mechanism • Need batteries if want power during outages source: www.pixgood.com
  20. 20. Part 1: Solar technology Frequently asked questions • Warranties? • Homeowner’s insurance? • Maintenance? • How long do systems last? • Will HOA allow solar on my home? • What if I’m in a historic district?
  21. 21. Part 2: How solar co-ops work
  22. 22. Part 2: Co-op process Benefits of co-ops • Save on cost of system (10- 20%) • Get support of the group through the process • Connect with fellow solar enthusiasts • Become part of a growing solar movement
  23. 23. Solar Co-op Information Session Part 2: Co-op process
  24. 24. Part 2: Co-op process Who picks the installer? – Co-op members When someone joins a co-op, they select specific installer criteria from some or all of the following: • Offer the best price • Use higher quality equipment • Have more experience • Offer stronger warranties • Are a local company • Other - Please describe
  25. 25. Part 3: Solar economics
  26. 26. Part 3: Solar economics A few considerations • Solar priced by the Watt (not by panel) • Solar is long-term • No moving parts & 20-25 year lifespan • Average residential electricity rate • Rising energy prices
  27. 27. Part 3: Solar economics Solar in increasingly affordable • Costs have come down 90% since the 1970s • Solar is no longer a specialty, expensive or boutique project for a homeowner • But, can still be a daunting to tackle 1970’s 2013
  28. 28. Part 3: Solar economics
  29. 29. Part 3: Solar economics Financing Solar Installers offer financing Banks offer solar loans • First Green Bank www.firstgreenbank.com • Admirals Bank www.admiralsbank.com PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) PACE is available in 16 counties and many cities www.floridapace.gov SELF (Solar and Energy Loan Fund) www.solarenergyloanfund.org
  30. 30. •www.electricitylocal.com •eia.gov_Florida •pvwatts.nrel.gov •www.fsec.ucf.edu
  31. 31. What’s next? What’s next? • www.flsun.org • Join the Broward Solar Co-op • Join the listserv • Tell your friends and neighbors
  32. 32. Sign-up for the Co-op Take the First Step and Go Solar!
  33. 33. Thank You! Angela DeMonbreun FL Sun Program Director

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