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Posted by MooseFET on May 31, 2010, 2:33 pm
 



California is a very sunny place.  In a lot of it, just a little gain
from
some solar heat can save you from having to turn on the furnace.
Since
schools are generally large buildings, the volume to surface area is
large
so the solar heating system doesn't have to be all that big per
student.

Solar electric can make sense if you sell the excess power into the
grid.
Storage makes it not make sense.  It takes about 12 years for a solar
power
system to pay for its self assuming you get a mortgage to buy it.  If
you
have cash today, it makes a good way to invest for the future because
after
the system has paid its self off, you will get several year of use
before it
needs to be replaced.


Posted by miso@sushi.com on June 1, 2010, 6:51 pm
 



The school day is poorly scheduled to take advantage of any solar
energy. They start way too early in the day.

Posted by Don Klipstein on June 2, 2010, 12:31 am
 

miso@sushi.com wrote:


  My experience in and near Philadelphia is that school days are centered
around noon or less than an hour before noon.

  Keep in mind that on average, cloudiness is worse after noon than before
even in Philadelphia with their few days per year clouded by "morning fog"
or "morning foggy low clouds".

--
 - Don Klipstein (don@misty.com)

Posted by Robert Baer on May 31, 2010, 10:36 pm
 

amdx wrote:

   Since when does a government institution have to be sane or spend
taxpayer money effectively?

Posted by amdx on June 1, 2010, 11:45 am
 



That thought did come to mind. I'm hopeful that we (the people) are taking
the power that the constitution says we have and telling our reps it's time
to cut the spending. When our reps stop having town meetings because
the people are angry, that is a change.
 November is coming, please support candidates that believe in the ideas
that provided a great standard of living in 200 years.
 Limited government, freedom, liberty and property rights.
                      Mike
That property rights is a getting to be big. Getting so you can't dig a hole
on
your own property and in PC Fl. It's is a $000 fine to cut down a pine tree
over a certain diameter, on YOUR* property.
Government and the environmentalist are out of control.

* If you can call it yours, try not paying that rent.
Also known as property tax.
end of rant.



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