Community solar

| June 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

Grist: A city in Washington State has found a way around the problem that stops most people from installing solar panels on their houses – cost. Ellensburg is launching its own community solar ‘garden’.

Rather than cough up the estimated US$30,000 to install their own solar panels, residents are being asked to pay what they can above $250. The money has allowed the city to build ten solar arrays on a sunny block of land next to a major highway, and already has plans to build six more arrays, ten concentrating solar collectors, and eight small wind turbines.

Since being built in 2006, the community solar project now delivers an average of 102,000 kilowatt-hours of solar power into its grid each year – enough to completely power about ten average U.S. homes – and has raised more than $100,000. Read more here.

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  1. Dindafitri says:

    energy from solar panels can be sterod in batteries for when there is little sun light. its very expensive to install, maybe 8 grand upwards for home systems, hence its usually just used for heating up water etc.. but average *home* system can take on maybe up to 40% of that household’s annual electricity useage.. it is rather expensive per square metre to buy as silicon is not so readily available to make it cheap.. but once its up there it doesnt need much maintenance except to clean it, etc.wind turbines are expensive to install but once up, not much maintanence is needed, checked up maybe every few years.. the energy can be sterod in batteries when there is no wind present.so, i guess its def not answer B and C.edit: wind and sunlight is free so it isnt expensive to *use*

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