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Posted by Barry Fawthrop on October 9, 2004, 6:38 pm

1) How effective is it to generate solar power in Cental Florida, and what
is the optimal bearing to place solar panels on ?
    I have a roof that faces  South-East a clear line of sight from sunrise
to 4 pm. If I stand in the middle of the lenght of the roof
    facing eastward the sun rises very slightly to my right.

2) Does anyone know of any rebate or incentive programs for central Florida,
to help in the purchase ?

3) Where can I learn all the parts (Panels, inverters, mounts, combiners,
etc.....) that I would need to create a system that produces
     +/- 7 KW ?

Thanks in advance


Posted by Solar Guppy on October 9, 2004, 9:58 pm
Your better with east than west of south, in Florida , afternoon
thunderstorms cut into production from May thru Sept.

Florida had no incentives except solar equipment is tax exempt (state sales
tax) on the purchase.

There are many internet resources ...  www.solar-guppy.com/fourm is the one
I host

7Kw (is this day or hour?) ... you'll need LOTS of money , figure 5-6
dollars per watt when you install everything yourself at today's prices

Posted by Barry Fawthrop on October 10, 2004, 5:16 pm
 I tried to access your page "Page could not be found" ??

Which direction do you face, for Lakeland, Fl ?  I'm in Inverness
which do you recommend?

Posted by Solar Guppy on October 10, 2004, 7:28 pm
 opps ... www.solar-guppy.com/forum , fat fingered the original link :)

Two of my  arrays are about 40 degrees west of south , the other array is 55
degrees east of south.

Both perform well during the non-rainy season , during the rainy season ,
the east equals or out performs the west arrays even though it is about 60%
the STC rating of the west

There is almost no penalty when compared to due south facing , you just get
peak power earlier/later

For Florida , I'd recommend due south or east of due south

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