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

hol at gaskill.com hol at gaskill.com
Fri Dec 16 15:41:07 UTC 2016


single axis trackers are now the dominant type of racking in 
utility-scale solar but I haven't seen them for rooftop.  Look up 
Nextracker or ATI for inspiration

On 2016-12-06 11:29, John Shutt wrote:
> 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
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> 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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