3 Aug 2015
Solar World is a company that gets most of it’s materials in the U.S. and scores 4th in the world on the Solar Scorecard. The bulk price for 250W panels is around $54,000 for 167 pallets. Each pallet holds 30 pallets.
This could bring down our cost a tremendous amount. The shipping cost is estimated by taking the weight/pallet and using the shipping chart:
46.7 lbs/pallet x 167 pallets ~ 8000 lbs
Using the shipping cost sheet, when you order 9 panels, the shipping cost is 2480. This breaks down to about $275 a pallet.
167 pallets x $275 ~ $46,000
This brings our total to about $100,000 for the delivered panels.
6 Aug 2015
Meeting with Scott Morgan
To become carbon neutral by 2020, we need to compensate for:
- 5000 tons from Natural Gas consumption
- 3500 tons from electric heat and hot water
- 1000 tons from business travel, waste management and the organic farm
- 5000 tons from electric needs, currently paid for by REC’s
Conference Call with Ian Siadak
SCC used grants to put sub-meters and energy efficiency monitoring software in their buildings. This qualified the buildings as energy efficient.
The Department of Commerce grant is issued as a 3:1 ratio, they provide 25% of the funds if approved. DoC wants a medium term payback, 15 – 30 years is ideal.
Overhead was about 30% of the project cost for their installation. Installed a 9 kW system for student learning and created coursework around solar power production.
The parking island in the northern end of B Lot and the southern end of C Lot were chosen as primary locations for solar canopies. This would provide estimates of 100,000 kWh per year and provide shelter from the sun and the rain. An early draft of the technical report can be found here: Solar Canopy Cost J Hadley 5 Aug 2015.