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

Chris Murphy chrisnoisebridge at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 08:17:11 UTC 2017


See also:
http://www.sunfolding.com

I think it emerged out of Other Labs. 

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> On Dec 16, 2016, at 07:41, hol at gaskill.com wrote:
> 
> 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
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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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