[Noisebridge-discuss] Noisebridge should install a Solar System on the roof

John Shutt john.d.shutt at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 19:29:20 UTC 2016


Hey Jake & Kevin,

I'm also way into this idea, and want to help. Taking it a step further, I think it would be great to have green roof elements as well as solar, and I'm willing to take the lead on that. That would help with stormwater, neighborhood ecology, and city air quality.

John

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> On Dec 6, 2016, at 3:07 AM, Kevin Schiesser <bfb at riseup.net> wrote:
> 
> Hi Jake,
> 
> I agree and would like to help. My interest is in learning about the permitting process and installation.
> 
> I have wondered for a while if it makes sense to fix a few motors to the mounting rack that tilt the panels such that they are as orthogonal as possible to the sun throughout the day/year. Would a motor control system would consume more energy than would be gained by optimizing the panel efficiency?
> 
> -Kevin
> 
>> On 12/4/16 7:44 PM, Jake wrote:
>> yeah but why wouldn't noisebridge install solar panels?  it would be so easy on
>> the flat roof.
>> 
>> i think the first step would be to talk with the landlords and get permission
>> to apply for a permit, then the next step would be to draw up a specific design
>> for the system (including equipment choices and disconnect boxes and inverter
>> and racking) and then actually apply for the permit...
>> 
>> the rest is hardware and we're already good at that.
>> 
>>> On Sun, 4 Dec 2016, Josh Juran wrote:
>>> 
>>>> On Dec 4, 2016, at 8:38 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> I believe that the only reliable way to save the world from climate change is
>>>> to definitively show that solar power (and other renewables) are cheaper, and
>>>> since labor is 66% of solar installation costs it seems that training ourselves
>>>> and others (and making good online documentation) is the most reasonable way to
>>>> do that.
>>> 
>>> This is a useful output even if, in the end, Noisebridge doesn't install solar panels.
>>> 
>>> Josh
>>> 
>>> 
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