Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PV Studies + Curriculum

Basbas:  Curriculum Proposal

PREMISE:  Every household has various immediate needs and concern at this time of the financial crisis. At some point the Energy Bills if reduce and tax credits of each household is not something you discuss on the dining table, but if we can show that there are real savings on Solar Panels and value shown then half of the battle is won on providing clean energy solutions. Neighbors that have installed solar panels are proud to provide “good informations” on real savings.  To them some issues like “ How much it will cost me? and Will I recover it quickly?” “How will install DIY solar panels on my tiled roof systems?” are few of real concerns that come up during talks with friends that would like to install them.

So given this background in context, my curriculum goal is to develop an efficient step by step processes through use of PV and Energy tools including website tools ( Google Earthworks. Google maps, PVwatts, PV syst, Ongrid by Andy Black, Energy 10) that could be use.

Data gathered from this study is a good tool to convince each household owners in any neighborhood to understand and quickly grasp the value of installing solar panels and at the same time create values on simple “repairs or installation” using proven, easy and practical “kits” of energy solutions available in the home improvement market today. Database of lead making systems and continue to improve the processes.

  • Another vehicle: communicate “ Solar News from Friends”, those values and savings are through social networking systems and blogging.  I am able to reach friends and long lost friends through this system and spread the “good news”. There are tangible values on sharing, tagging, spreading them.  Hopefully  seeing your neighbors installing and repairing their household is the best impact realized through website sharing!
  • On average, a solar system added about $5.50 per watt to a home's resale value. For a home with a typical 3.1-kilowatt solar system, that represents an extra $17,000 above the cost of a comparable, nonsolar home.
  • "On average, folks have effectively got out of the home sale the same value or the comparable value that they put in," said Ryan Wiser, one of the report's authors. That's in addition to saving on their electricity bills.
  • Many homeowners did better than break even. People who installed panels on existing homes increased the resale price by more than $6 per watt, on average. In contrast, solar systems only added $2.30 to $2.60 per watt to the sale price of new homes built with solar included.
  • The study's authors did not try to find the reason for that difference. But Wiser, a staff scientist at the lab, said it could be a matter of motivation. Homeowners who pay to install solar on an existing house are keenly aware of the cost and don't want to lose their investment.
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  1. OUTREACH PLAN:  Go to household through classmates, friends and neighbors. Start with immediate circle of family, neighbors and friends of friends. Share the projects with immediate networks.
  2. Use a social media email and google+, facebook and telephone calls to introduce certain websites and program to introduce the California upgrade program. (, SSMC website, Home performance, Sharp website etc)
  3. Brief Description of “Networking Friends” FB , Google+, Neighbors & Friends Engagement Process:
  4. Use of Google Earth, Maps to identify potential household; Develop a database of households for potential leads;
  5. Access Website based solar calculators to quickly calculate potential savings and preliminary costings of installations and BOS;
  6. Access website based preliminary quick costings and methods on Preliminary estimates using independent or solar companies
  7. Create and validate Goal to create Neighborhood Awareness: Personalized Energy Review on Clean Energy: Combine energy, water and resource conservation to create a healthier, more comfortable home with reduced impact on the environment. Prioritized and identify Energy solutions with in mind a realistic budget for repairs. If there are new website on this topic.
  8. Access and send via email, FB, blog on DIY, “How to’s” on Solar Leasing, “0 downpayment”, City’s Financial Incentives or Financing Program,
  9. Send and Share Friends works and photos of Solar Friends and Solar around the world. There is fun in sharing.
  10. Develop a quick system to share Values and Savings to be shared byfriends via FB and G+, Blog etc.
  11. Share news and what’s new by websites, NREL, International friends on PV technology via FB page:   
    •Developing and improving PV cells in several material systems
    •Developing advanced technologies such as concentrating
       photovoltaics and organic photovoltaics
    •Characterizing PV cells, modules, and systems to improve
       performance and reliability
    •standardized tests and performance models for PV devices

  • Group Party presentation with neighbors and or friends.
  • A month and half of work load: From Inception to creation of system.
  • FB + Friends Only Presentation
“ How Can I share Home Energy Solutions in a “simple and easy to understand way” ?
  • Review of Utility Bills
  • Inspection of Home
  • Make the homeowner see value Sustainability Projects, Clean Energy.
  • Discuss Energy Upgrade CA program and county program on financial and tax credits/incentives

“What will I get from this Project?”
  • Develop a system of values to share on web.  Develop a remote Lead system of quick ways to calculate values and savings systems and ability to share among friends.
  • Develop a new communication platform: (Similar FB Page to share with friends)
  • Develop a fun and organized way to share solar technology & experiences.
  • Develop an organized remote feedback system on solar installations and making it a community way to share with networks and enthusiasts, hoping to learn from everyone.
  • Hopefully develop a white paper on the subject.