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#161 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:42 AM

It sounds like it'll be at least 10, if you do not consider carrying cost.  So ya, 15 to 20, if he does not need to update much equipment.  If he has to replace the whole lot in 15 years, then he is behind in the game.  Clearly he's not a math teacher (he's a music teacher).


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#162 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:06 PM

"It will actually pay for itself in a very short period of time. My last three electricity bills were $12.98 cents and a credit of over $700," said Gilbert."

 

$12.98 cents, hey?

 

That credit is from overpaying his Hydro bill when BCH charged a monthly regular rate in lieu of higher usage charges in the winter and lower charges in the summer. You can easily end up with a large credit if you've conserved power over the span of a year (i.e. if your monthly usage last year was $300, and suddenly you're down to $100 you'll end up with a whopping credit at the end of the year).

 

But man, $42,000... 


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#163 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:29 PM

Ya, I think we need to see the actual numbers more clearly.  He might have spent that money better on some home energy efficiency fixes.  Insulation.  Less use of a dryer (hang your clothes out, buy more towels if that's a culprit).  Zone off your house for heat.  $700 to $800/mo. for electricity seems like lots, no matter how big your family is.


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#164 Bingo

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 07:03 AM

Buy those solar panels now.

 

WASHINGTON — President Trump slapped steep tariffs on imports of washing machines and solar energy cells and panels on Monday, the first major step by the administration to erect the kind of trade barriers Mr. Trump has frequently said are necessary to protect manufacturers in the United States.

The twin announcements came after a year of tough rhetoric — but little action — on curbing imports of cheap products from countries like China and South Korea.

White House advisers warned that additional trade measures related to steel, aluminum and other products from China could be coming, a signal that Mr. Trump is ratcheting up the protectionist policies he has long espoused as part of his “America First” approach.

https://www.nytimes....lar-panels.html

 

 



#165 lanforod

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

Buy those solar panels now.

 

I don't see that directly impacting Canada. Indirectly for parts, but often, parts are exempted from these tariffs, as the whole product is put together and sold in the US (or Canada).

 

This could help give Tesla/SolarCity a jolt in the arm for their solar shingles.


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#166 Mattjvd

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 06:46 PM

Researchers create the first functioning carbon proton battery:
https://www.digitalt...tery-prototype/

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#167 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:31 PM

A school district in the Okanagan is saving thousands of dollars each year using solar energy.

Okanagan-Skaha School District 67 is preparing to plug in its second solar energy project atop Skaha Lake Middle School.

 

Over 300 solar panels will be installed on the roof. The project is expected to be up and running by summer.

 

"It's going to power about 25 per cent of the building," said Doug Gorcak, the district facilities manager.

 

"In dollars and cents, it's about $15,000 of power that we'll save through the course of the year," he said.

 

 

"From a district standpoint, its all about avoided costs," said Gorcak. "If we save that $15,000 in electricity through our utility accounts, that money can come back into general revenue and be put back into supplies and textbooks or even teaching staff if needed."

 

Gorcak says the district will continue to look for more grants to continue expanding its solar program.

 

"The technology has just come down in price over the last few years, so its becoming a lot more feasible," he said.

 

But perhaps the greatest reward can't be quantified.

 

Students stand to learn a lot about renewable energy and the importance of switching over to sustainable technology.

 

"We actually took three Grade 9 classes who were working on electricity at the time up to the roof to actually look at the solar [installation] and ask the questions that they want," said Gorcak.

 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...solar-1.4618721

 

Please dear God, also let the lessons include an economics teacher, so the little minds can do some critical thinking.

 

The board of the Okanagan Skaha School District heard Tuesday that it had received a $125,000 grant from the Education Ministry to put a solar array on top of Skaha Lake Middle School.

 

 

 http://www.penticton...b44a4c11a0.html

 

 

Here, I can start:

 

"What we did is stripped that $125,000 investment from general revenue, that normally would have gone into supplies and textbooks or even teaching staff."


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#168 jonny

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:39 PM

That's not a great payback, but not dreadful, either. 



#169 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:59 PM

That's not a great payback, but not dreadful, either. 

 

No it's not dreadful.  What was sloppy surprisingly was the first CBC article, that never mentioned the value of the grant. In fact the mention of the grant is out of place, like the article was edited and then was missing connections.  


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#170 LeoVictoria

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

64% of world's power projected to be renewable by 2050 by bloomberg.

 

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Coal on a long slide to irrelevance.   So much for Trumps efforts on the wrong side of history.

 

https://arstechnica....1-coal-by-2050/



#171 RFS

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:40 PM

64% of world's power projected to be renewable by 2050 by bloomberg.

 

Screen-Shot-2018-06-20-at-10.13.06-AM.pn

 

Coal on a long slide to irrelevance.   So much for Trumps efforts on the wrong side of history.

 

https://arstechnica....1-coal-by-2050/

someone better tell the Chinese that http://www.mining.co...-outside-china/



#172 Mike K.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:51 PM

Weren’t we supposed to have like, literally, run out of oil by now?

These forecast charts are nothing more than click bait.

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#173 rjag

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:48 PM

Weren’t we supposed to have like, literally, run out of oil by now?

These forecast charts are nothing more than click bait.

 

From a US Govt funded Agency this report is pre Trump But I'm glad that coal is on the decline

 

https://www.eia.gov/...o/exec_summ.php

 

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#174 Mike K.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:52 PM

When the sun don’t shine and wind don’t blow do you just I dunno, put another sweater on? Or three?

Out here on the mild west coast we sometimes lose touch with the reality of energy needs across 90% of this continent.
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#175 Mike K.

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 05:24 AM

Tesla is shutting down solar panel install centres in nine states and pulling out of its retail deal with Home Depot.

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#176 thaicobb

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 07:31 AM

Tesla is shutting down solar panel install centres in nine states and pulling out of its retail deal with Home Depot.

Perhaps less a reflection on the future of photovoltaics and more on a sketchy business model.  Solar City requires what is basically a long term lease of the homeowner's roof area.  When I looked at it, I thought that might prove a negative when it came to resale.  A straight out purchase of solar equipment would, on the other hand, be a potential asset, though not providing that great of a ROI.



#177 Citified.ca

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 10:17 AM

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A man connects a hydrogen fuell cell 'gas pump' to a hydrogen-powered electric vehicle during Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation's opening of its first retail service pump in Vancouver earlier this year. The company plans to open five additional hydrogen fuel pumps in British Columbia, including one in Victoria.
 
Hydrogen fuel cell 'gas station' for electric vehicles coming to Victoria
https://victoria.cit...ng-to-victoria/
 
A ‘gas station’ for hydrogen-powered electric vehicles is coming to Victoria as part of the first phase of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network, Citified has learned.
 
North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) has applied to the District of Saanich to situate one of six consumer-focused hydrogen refuelling stations in British Columbia at the intersection of Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue.
 
HTEC’s hydrogen pump, which will be appended to an existing gasoline pump at the intersection’s Esso gas station, will allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to refuel much like gasoline-powered vehicles do. [Full article]


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#178 tommy

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 11:30 AM

Posted Today, 12:30 PM

dasmo, on 13 Mar 2019 - 10:55 AM, said:

Are you 100% hydro heat and hot water etc included? Specs on house? Cost of solar installation? More details please! Possible new thread on energy efficient housing? 

hydro - photovoltaic, hot water - single panel on roof (gas backup), woodstove for heat (gas furnace backup seldom use), stove gas. big house - gutted and insulated on purchase 5 yrs. ago, new windows, doors, etc.

 

solar install was $13K - GIC pays 2%, say $260/yr - hydro bill was $55/month, now $0, plus $300 surplus sale back to BCHydro  - net $700/year or 5.5% roi - (all numbers approximated)

 

started this as a reply to electric car charge tax, will cross post anything else at https://vibrantvicto...-sources/page-9

 
 

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#179 dasmo

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 11:57 AM

Do you have a ballpark figure for the KWh / month that your array produces in summer and then winter. Ish is good enough. Would be good to get a real world idea vs calculators. Are you free of all shade with full south exposure?

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:02 PM

Do you have a ballpark figure for the KWh / month that your array produces in summer and then winter. Ish is good enough. Would be good to get a real world idea vs calculators. Are you free of all shade with full south exposure?

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