28 Aug 2010

Watch a 22 kW solar system ‘sprout’ on this church roof

Written by Jim Pierobon

If you have never witnessed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, then take a few minutes to view this time-lapse video. It’s the result of one of, if not THE FIRST, ‘community’ solar systems in the U.S. , in University Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, USA.

Several University Park homeowners whose homes are not suitable for solar PV, got together and forged a the University Park Solar partnership to purchase a 22 kilowatt (kW) system for the roof of the neighborhood Church of the Brethren using a Power Purchase Agreement, or PPA.

The 30+ system owners expect to earn back their money within 8 years or so, in part because the electricity the church and an adjoining building do not use flows back out on to the power grid and a new Maryland ‘net metering’ law enables the owners to benefit from that. The sale of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) under Maryland’s renewable electricity requirement will help too, as will the 30% Federal investment tax credit.The church pays the owners for electricity under a long-term power purchase agreement.

So all of you homeowners who cannot go solar at home, here’s proof of how you can ‘go solar’ someplace else.  Want info on how to try this in your hometown? Contact the University Park organizers, see this post on the Standard Solar blog about the 5 prerequisites to a community PPA, or email Jim Pierobon, founder of The Energy Fix at jim@jimpierobon.com.

1 Comment to Watch a 22 kW solar system ‘sprout’ on this church roof

  1. Paul Felix Schott's GravatarPaul Felix Schott
    July 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I am Counting on

    Energy From GOD Our Sun Free Energy. Very good our churches installing solar panels. For all that live near by and all that see this in our Churches. If your Local Government will not look to the Future go to a Church.

    The Island of Maui in the Pacific Ocean is truly a Tropical Paradise like many of the Hawaii Islands that has used Solar and wind Energy for many years. Its Seascapes are as Beautiful as its Landscapes. Many like Hana’s by Kipahulu in Maui were the coffee maker runs on the Sun Solar Power. Her freshly picked Tropical fruit smoothies are the greatest. You make the electrical power on a bicycle for the blender to run. Banana, Mango, Papaya, Guava and of course My favorite Coconut and Pineapple are just some of what you can make.

    Many of us that live and visit Maui already have Solar and Wind Energy. Very soon many more will and some day most all will be cutting the line to the Power Utilities Grid. Stopping them from putting their hands in our pocket book.

    Free Energy from the Sun. WHY pay for it, to some one else? Your Local Utility Provider is NOT A valuable resource in Your Time Of Financial Need. LOOK TO SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY on the internet it has been the learning platform for our Schools and Universities for Years. In this case look to the House of GOD.
    It has always been the best place for the truth. The Church and the Bible.

    Many in the Island of Maui and other Islands have been off the Grid for years.

    There are many Reasons Home Owners Should Consider Going Solar there has to be at least 100 Good Reasons. Soon Hawaii will Lead with showcasing Solar Energy To the World.

    GOD Bless for the good work all did to Help this Church
    Light the Way.

    Now if we can only get our World Leaders to Read the Bible More, and look to the real Paradise Heaven not Hell, and stay out of our Pocket books.

    The Lord’s little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

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