So last month, I got an e-mail with the following subject:
“Her(sic) is some scary information to Owners and Managers”
The article, written in VERY POOR English, went into some detail about how a business owner’s power system is a potential liability for them. But in this day and age, everything is a liability!!!
For the record, all power systems need to be installed per the latest version of the Canadian Electric Code presently being used in your local Canadian jurisdiction, treated with care, properly operated, and continuously maintained. These actions will solve the majority of your problems and issues.
For anything else, Shand Power can assist. And I will also state for the record that our corporation will not willfully engage in any kind of scare tactics just for the sake of making a buck off a one-time sale.
Have a great and safe day!
So why do more people not have solar energy?
Let’s do some math: my house uses an average of 1200 W of electricity continuously. I got that off my power bills and doing some simple math (yes Mr. Prentice, “Math is hard!”). I consider my house to be an average one in my part of Canada.
At 8760 hours per year, that is 10,512,000 Watt hours or 10, 512 kWh of electricity every year.
Edmonton gets about 2200 hours of sunlight per year on average. So in order to live off the grid and completely rely on solar power, you need your system to produce: 10,512/2200 = 4.8 kW of electricity when the sun is shining. If your average panel produces 100 W of power, you need 48 panels on your roof. Plus wiring, storage batteries and an inverter.
Yes there are ways to reduce your power bill. So let’s say you can get the average consumption down to 900W? Good, but you are only reducing the size of your system by 25 % so you still need 36 panels.
The costs can add up quickly and you still have to do maintenance on the system.
And what happens if your system gets pelted by a hail storm and you cannot aim the panels away? Damaged panels = more money for replacement.
It is tough being your own utility. Now if you can find a way to continuously generate between 1200 – 6000 W of power, you can be self-sufficient. Solar panels are not and cannot be your only answer.
So if you have high water bills, do the following math: Find out how many cubic meters of water your household has consumed in one month. That should be on your bill somewhere. I am on a well so I don’t get a water bill. Multiply that number by 1.39 and that’s your average consumption in liters per hour. Factoid: a dripping tap that is leaking 1 ml of water per second will use almost 2600 liters of water per month.
In the next few weeks, I will have a lot to talk about. It is going to be a wild ride so you’ll want to hang on! Check back often. In the meantime, stay well.