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Old 07-23-2019, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I personally have wondered why there isnt a larger solar presence here given how much sunlight availability / low tree canopy that is available in this region.
There is quite a bit of solar, actually, use Google Earth and 'scan' the middle-class neighborhoods, especially in tech areas. That said, it is still and expensive initial investment and pay-back is currently in the 7-10 year range, even with rebates. Also, if you do get hail damage to your roof, you have to remove the panels to repair the roof, and that adds quite a bit of cost.

As an aside, there is actually a pretty large amount of tree cover. Several houses in our neighborhood can't realistically put solar panels on due to trees. Ours is a 'heritage' oak, so even if we wanted to (we don't) we couldn't remove it.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Unfortunately a typical case of politicians signing agreements based on buzzwords and fashionable energy choices without a lot of regard for the actual energy market.

Still not as bad as Germany's "Energiwende" but a great example of good intentions getting in the way of understanding how all the pieces actually fit together.

We have a giant solar install on our roof and there's no doubt that Texas has got fantastic potential for renewables. But anybody who thinks that you can solve the base load problem with solar or wind hasn't done their homework on how the power grid works.
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We have a giant solar install on our roof and there's no doubt that Texas has got fantastic potential for renewables. But anybody who thinks that you can solve the base load problem with solar or wind hasn't done their homework on how the power grid works.
Not sure what problem is being solved? The CoA still offers some incentives (although they have been reduced over time) on top of the federal incentives. Their goal is to avoid having to expand their number of power plants. Solar does match up well with our peak-demand - and if the sun is not shining, we generally do have a lower demand. But yes, you will need enough power to cover the deficit. The munis would love to maintain their base-load plants and just add peaker units, as needed.

Wind energy tends to generate at night (in Texas, anyway), so that is problematic. To reiterate what has been said for years - if you want to be a billionaire, invent a better battery.
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