Making the Commitment: Horses for Courses

Here are some closing thoughts on this series of posts from my BT colleagues in the USA who have in incorporated renewable energy into their home life.

Everyone has made a significant commitment (and all leave me feeling that I need to do more!), but what is most notable is that the commitments are different. In my mind, and knowing some of the individuals, the different approaches suit their particular interests and passions.

Joe and Robert have made significant up front financial commitments to be amongst the first people (in the grand scheme of things) to have installed solar PV …

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Making the Commitment: Rural Power

By Paul Frappollo, Senior Network Developer, BT Innovate and Design

I’ve been interested in alternative energy applications for a long time now.  Six years ago, in 2005, I started with prototype system and have even taken classes at my local community college to learn about codes and how residential electrical systems are installed.

My first prototype was a modest enterprise, a single wind generator that fed a bank of six volt batteries and generated enough energy to power a single fluorescent fixture and outlet.  During this period, the cost of solar panels dropped from $4/watt to $1/watt making solar power …

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Making the Committment: The Sunny Side of Solar

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By Robert J Feuerstein, Ph.D., Principal Architect: Transmission and Synchronisation Networks, BT Innovate and Design, Transport Platform, Infrastructure Platform Cluster

We live in Boulder, Co, a rather sunny spot with good solar irradiance. We had been considering solar panels for a few years. The incentives from the local utility, the federal tax breaks and finally BT’s rebate program with Sunpower made the decision an easy one.

The 24 panels with a peak power rating of 5.5kW have been up almost two years now. We generate more electricity than we use over a year.

The highest power …

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Making the Commitment: Solar Makes Math Cents

By Joseph Vaughn-Perling, Specialist, Design, Development and Consultancy, BT Americas

The BT Solar initiative was just the pinch I needed to incent me to do the math with the current prices on solar panels, incentives, interest rates, etc.

As an efficiency enthusiast, the economics of it were very compelling.  As it turned out, the solar panels paid for them self in the first month after installation.

In my situation it was a perfect storm.  I had some roof work to do, needed to refinance my home loan to take advantage of better interest rates and have a high energy …

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