Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners…
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If I was to build a new house today, I would probably put solar panels in by default, because the cost of doing it as part of the build would be more economical than retrofitting and the house electrical system could be set up to maximize the use of any power generated.
The reason I haven’t retrofitted solar panels is largely because the power companies are still so profit focused that they don’t see the benefit of consumers having their own infrastructure and are not obliged by law to allow consumers to feed back into the grid and those that do pay something, I’m told, pay so little in feed-in tariffs that connecting to the grid doesn’t offer any payback. I’ve been told this at home shows by sales people whose job it is to sell systems such as solar power for water and home heating. I appreciate their integrity but am very disappointed by the position of our Government and the power companies.
The irony of this for clean green New Zealand is that one day they will need consumers to provide power to the grid if we want to honor our commitments to being clean and green, especially as our population continues to grow.
If the El Nino weather forecast is right, we will be having a late but long dry summer, great for generating clean electricity.
I’m keen to check out this service and do the sums, but I think the payback down-under will be about the same as the design life of the products currently on the market. It’s a shame when we call ourselves clean and green, that in cases like this, other parts of the world are leaving us in their wake when it comes to this obvious solution.
I’ll report back when I have the sums.