Why I Solarized Marc Karell Mamaroneck, NY Solarize Westchester 2015
Why Is Solar Good? Sunlight is there, it’s plentiful, and the source is free! Isn’t it better to develop electricity from solar instead of from Middle Eastern or other oil or from nuclear? Pollution (from solar, there is none) Politics Risks (exploration, refining, transportation, nuclear) And it’s American and local companies who manage installation and upgrades.
Oh, Come On, Is This Real or a Dream? Can Solar Really Help Me and the U.S.? The amount of sunlight hitting the U.S. equals over 20,000 quadrillion Btus of energy. Total U.S. annual energy consumption in 2007 was less than half of 1% of this. What a source of free energy to capture! Who’s No. 1 in solar? Germany. And the average area in Germany has less sunlight than Seattle! If they can do it, we can do it right here in Westchester!
Case Study. Our home! We installed solar PV on our home: early 2013. Steps involved: Shading, tilting evaluations (Google Earth) On-site inspection One year of previous electricity bills Design, contract, permits, inspections 27 panels, 6.7 kW system, 80% of usage. Net cost, after tax credit: $8,400.