Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Solar Tube

by Chris Le Breton

 

I have been working voluntarily over the last month at the office of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, two to three mornings a week, making contact with people who had expressed interest in getting solar energy going on their houses.  If you could have solar, but you've got no money, would you like it? Which would you like -- PV? solar thermal? other? In Australia (which I cycled across last year) I got to know a solar town project where the whole community got fitted with solar PV in one go.  Would you be up for that here in the Blueskin area?   If so, I'd like to hear from you.

Early results from the survey indicate 90% interested in solar  photo-voltaic panels (to generate electricity), 10% interested only in solar thermal (to heat water), and 100% interested to learn more about a possible community solar scheme.  Soon we will be able to analyse the implications of this fully and examine the maths and the practicability of harnessing the sun's energy here in the Bay area.

To-date, I've spoken with 14/18 respondents, asking them a series of questions about their solar desires and needs. If you want to join, get in touch!  
solar@blueskinpower.co.nz

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