Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chart of Electrical Usage in Hawaii - Irresponsible Exuberance

This is original work from Pacific Energy.   This information on Electrical consumption is available for all the States, and I data mined the data for Hawaii.   It was fairly easy, but also very instructive once the chart was made.  

After decades of understandable rate of growth, even with the computer boom in the 1990's the electrical usage in Hawaii really didn't kick off until the "Easy Money" era of Greenspan and the Bernanke.   Look at the chart, why in the world would our electrical consumption triple in the space of a handful of years.    The answers are simple....we started using electricity irresponsibly, spending money we didn't have, spirits buoyed up by speculative increases in housing value.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Green Power IS NOT more expensive than Fossil

What is the true cost of Fossil Fuel?   Even if we neglect the injured, the dead, and the current fighting forces that in part are out there to protect our access to oil, there are still huge additional costs that we pay for Fossil Fuels.  85% of all of the government subsidies for energy actually go to Fossils (Oil, Gas, Coal), then comes Hydro, then at the bottom of the barrel -- Solar. 

The entrenched powers that be have manipulated the incentive structures for 60 years to a now absurd level. 

Some people actually complain that Solar gets tax credits.    Think about it, what is the cost of fossil fuels.   Wait!   We haven't even touched on environmental degradation.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Solar and KHON

We did this one a while back and are gearing up to donate another HOT WATER system later this year.

The new HOT WATER solar is targeting this ideal situation:
  • On Oahu
  • for a 501C Charity
  • Must have existing hot water demand
  • Must have existing electric hot water heater(s)
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Solar System Donation (HOT WATER)

We like to do $3,000 to $12,000 in charitable contributions per year.

In 2009 we donated a full-on (3) Panel Hot Water Solar system for a family in Waimanalo, through Habitat for Humanity

We want to do a similar Hot Water Solar donation in 2011, and thus we put out this ad.

We are looking for a legitimate Charitable Organization -- 501 (c) (3)

that can receive a complete HOT WATER solar system. Most of the part will be refurbished from good condition but used components. Oftentimes, when we take a system down, there are some fairly new parts, and maybe just the tank is bad, but the panels are great.  There is also a controller, pump, timeclock, valves, and a temperature mixing valve for safety.

We probably only get enough good condition/refurbishment parts to do 1 or 2 systems per year, and that is our goal for this year.

The savings from a simple  Hot water solar system can be in the range of $48,000 to $74,000 over the life of the system, so we think this is an awesome gift for someone who can't afford it. Non-profit organizations also cannot use the tax credits, so in order to do a solar they would have to pay "Full List Price".  

So this is the perfect way to help out a non-profit charitable organization who has hot water usage.  Depending on the success of this program I may also try to enlist them help of some other friendly solar companies and get them to save their refurbished part and Pitch In!

If you know the organization that has a need for free hot water, please let us know.

Drop a comment on the blog with name and contact information for the prospective recipient.

Execution of the system will likely be in the May / July timeframe



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fighting for Energy Independence

Energy independence is vital to national security.  Increased use of alternate energy sources like solar power here in the United States will reduce numbers of troops fighting overseas.  Here is a picture of one of our clients currently deployed to Afghanistan

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Real Data, December was not a "Nice and Sunny" Month!!!

December was not "nice and sunny" in fact, compared to the DOE based monthly estimates of energy production, most people saw lost production in the range of 8% to 25% for the month.    The best performer was in upper Makakilo, go figure!   Kailua also performed quite well, relatively.   Some "flood watch" days saw production frop to 10% of it's normal.