The largest electric utility in Arizona announced recently that it is hoping to install solar panels on 3,000 homes in the state, with those homeowners then paying $30 less per month on their energy bills over the next 20 years. —
The company, Arizona Public Service, would spend $57-70 million on the project in order to generate 20 megawatts (MW) and meet Arizona’s renewable energy mandate.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has mandated that regulated utilities generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015. APS needs 20 MW to reach its goal. The current national average of homes that can be powered by one MW of solar photovoltaics is 164, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Power4Patriots encourages homeowners to purchase or make their own solar panels and have them installed them on their property, but recognizes this strategy as a good second choice. The bottom line is that the panels will help take the load off an overtaxed, aging and vulnerable electrical grid, and save money.
Power4Patriots is a recently updated series of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters. The system includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes, as well as two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.
The company says that installing solar panels and a wind turbine at one’s home will cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent. On average, the costs are under $200 to build a solar panel and under $200 to build a wind turbine. Consumers who purchase already-made solar panels and wind turbines spend three to four times that amount.
The time commitment to build a solar panel ranges from two to four hours, with the first one requiring more time than subsequent panels. A wind turbine requires a handful of hours to build.
Power4Patriots was created as a way to allow anyone to become independent of high power bills and outages. Cost-effective and uncomplicated, Power4Patriots teaches people how to build their own, environmentally friendly sources of energy.
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