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Solar Technology Gears Up for a Bright 2017

Posted January 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

After achieving its one millionth residential solar installation in 2016, many industry experts believe that residential solar will grow rapidly during the next four years, potentially reaching 10 million installations by 2020. Solar has become a commercially viable option as well as a compelling investment opportunity.


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01/16/2017 11:41 PM

Hmm,

In the last 40 years, they have just completed the 1 millionth installation and now they say they will do 9 million more in ten years ?

Seeing how there are over 12 million houses in California alone,

10 million doesn't sound like such a big number.

I'll believe it when I see it.

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01/17/2017 10:09 AM

I CAN BELIEVE THIS. Prices are going actually down and electric coops are actually installing solar fields for energy. Across town from my house they have just install a solar field which will generate enough electricity for 100,000 homes. That is a massive amount of power. If you do do the research you will find that they are popping up across the country. The reason is to protect the power grids which are succeptibly to hacking. Also at a fraction of the cost. Makes sense that each house being built and remodeled might go to this. I have considered doing the same thing to my house as well with a back-up generator along with solar panels. I'm sure that they are probably giving a tax credit as well.

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01/17/2017 10:27 AM

Rick:

Don't waste your money on solar panels, they are already obsolete.

The next generation and soon to appear on the market will be a solar wrap.

This new technology uses the radiant heat conversion to produce electrical energy.

In my area, they are already installing solar roofing tiles, these are about 1/4" thick and lay on the roof.

These roofing tiles have already rendered the 3-4" thick panels obsolete.

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01/17/2017 10:34 AM

I agree

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01/17/2017 11:41 PM

Uh, oh. He is in trouble with the patriarch.

But the real message is that the Holy Grail of solar roofs is just that...the roof is solar, not slap on panels, tiles, whatever, but a true ''solar roof'', as is provided to the pictured novitiate.

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01/17/2017 1:17 PM

I am under the understanding that current solar cells are only about 44% efficient, and that, in order to be economically competitive, they would have to be more than 70% efficient.

True or false?...

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