” Of course, there are those pioneer home owners who are completely forgoing the energy company and using natural gas to power their homes on their own, effectively taking themselves off the grid. A prime example of this is the home of Steve and Brenda Norwood in Houston, who created their home using a micro-trigeneration system. This system, developed by M-CoGen, uses a natural gas powered unit which then combines solar power from the home’s own solar panels, natural gas, electricity, and battery power. The unit has the capability to produce more energy than the couple uses, which would then allow them to sell it back to Reliant Energy as part of that company’s sell-back program.”
A new innovative solar panel array technology designed by Ecosphere Technologies promises rapid deployment for energy production in off-grid locations.
This remote ‘mobile-solar-powered generator’ runs on high power photovoltaic panels that extend from its container combined with an easy to set up wind turbine.
Following the April 22, 2014, Webinar “Battery Backup for Grid-Tied PV Systems,” Solar Power World’s Managing Editor Kathie Zipp conducted a Q&A session with presenter Doug Pratt, Senior Engineer at SimpleRay Solar. Here is a recap of some of the listener submitted questions.
Net metering — in which solar customers sell excess energy to the grid, getting credits for when they need to draw power from it, like at night — is under threat in some states and is an uncertain model that could render solar systems uneconomical, Goldman said.
With storage, however, consumers would no longer be tied to the grid and grid parity — the point at which solar energy costs roughly the same as power from the grid — is only a decade away in some states, Goldman said.