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.