The advent and inclusion of solar energy as an energy production system grows each and every day, from Arizona utilities and large power plants, to individual rooftop installations of Arizona home and business owners. In the process there are misconceptions and questions regarding going solar electric.
Daniel Catlin will discuss the economics of solar photovoltaics and how it is a game changer for distributed generation by home owners and commercial enterprises.
Dan encourages the use of solar PV in a number of situations - for shading parking lots and even streets. This would be a win/win approach in dealing with the urban heat island effect in the Phoenix area due to the vast amount of asphalt and concrete parking lots and streets. "Why not use PV 'shade trees' which will not require the use of water and produce electricity at the same time?"
Distributed generation using solar PV systems in the urban area produces energy near where it is used. As the costs of energy storage systems comes down, solar PV will become even more valuable.
The Catlin residence has been the basis of experience with several types of solar modules and equipment, photovoltaic panels for electricity generation; solar hot water systems,and passive strategy improvements to a typical builder subdivision house and site.
The Catlins state, "It has been over 3 years since we have purchased electricity from SRP, (paying only the base connection service charge) and many months our excess generation credits have paid this."
Catlin recently published a book on the economics of Solar PV:
Admission: The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.
Contact: Daniel Peter Aiello[masked]-8192.
Sponsors: Arizona Solar Center, Inc. (AzSC), an Arizona nonprofit collaborative, and the Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA) - State chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, under the auspices of the City of Scottsdale Green Building program.
(with corrections 6/13/2013)