GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

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    GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    "Fontana, California - General Motors has announced it is adding one of the largest solar panel installations in corporate use in the U.S. to the roof of its Service and Parts Operations warehouse in Fontana, California. The system will provide about half the electricity needed to run the facility, and will feed enough extra electricity back to the grid to power over 300 California homes for a year."

    http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/070917-4.htm

    This just goes to show that GM is not only trying to be a green company on the road but off the road as well.
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    To bad most Americans wont hear anything about this, all they will do is complain that GM sells large trucks and SUVs.


    Love that they are doing it though, hopefully they can keep doing stuff like this. It will cost a lot to build it, but Im sure it will pay off in the long run.

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    A big cost upfront, but I suspect in Cali it would be a huge investment, not only in PR but with electricity costs.
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    This might be a stupid question, but why will it only be able to provide half the electricity needed, yet they'll still be selling enough power back to the electric company to power 300 homes?

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by GMFreak8
    This might be a stupid question, but why will it only be able to provide half the electricity needed, yet they'll still be selling enough power back to the electric company to power 300 homes?
    Mabye on weekends or something when no one is around?
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    Props to GM again for going green with their buildings and plants.
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by GMFreak8
    This might be a stupid question, but why will it only be able to provide half the electricity needed, yet they'll still be selling enough power back to the electric company to power 300 homes?
    My question exactly. Huh?

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    I thought the same thing.

    Perhaps there is a peak usage time and time where supply exceeds demand.
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by newclasshero
    My question exactly. Huh?
    Maybe on sunny days they will sell it back to the grid.

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    This is pretty cool, and the good news is that more and more companies are doing this. FedEx did it at their distrobution facility at the Oakland airport, and supposedly it provides 80% of their power.

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    good. they need all the help they can get with fixing their green image
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Not only will GM save money on the electricity costs, but they will also receive tax credits from the gov't (Green Building Initiative).

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Ovonics, the maker of the high efficiency solar cells has a great story to tell.
    It appears to be a Michigan company that has diversified beyond the automotive sector. There is already 1 Michigan plant churning out Megawatts of solar electrical panels each year, soon to be joined by a second factory. The cells are created in a continuous process that uses diffusion to basically paint the solar cell components on a very long stainless steel roll. All that from memory, but the precise details are available at the company website.

    http://ovonic.com/me_images_solar_11.cfm

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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by GMFreak8
    This might be a stupid question, but why will it only be able to provide half the electricity needed, yet they'll still be selling enough power back to the electric company to power 300 homes?

    Maybe because the sun is only out on average of half a day????
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    Re: GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by GMFreak8
    This might be a stupid question, but why will it only be able to provide half the electricity needed, yet they'll still be selling enough power back to the electric company to power 300 homes?
    Because sizing a solar system is not exactly a cut and dry process. A solar system will not supply 100% power, 100% of the time. Therefore, what they've apparently designed, will supply roughly half of their overall power requirements. During times of peak output by their solar system, it will have enough excess capacity to sell back to the grid, an equivalent amount of power to supply 300 homes.

    This has been one of the reasons why I haven't installed a solar sytem on my house. One that would supply 100% of my requirements - including the use of the air conditioner in summer, would cost me something to the tune of $60,000. This is AFTER all of the efforts I've gone to, to minimize the power consumption in my house.

    My biggest barrier is the aforementioned HVAC system. They are serious power hogs.
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