Skip to comments.Sun shines on New York solar energy boom [math illiterates think 1.6 MW is a lot]
Posted on 02/24/2014 7:53:12 PM PST by grundle
New York (AFP) - On a rooftop in the Bronx far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, 4,760 panels soak up the winter rays. Welcome to the solar power boom in New York state.
Robert Kline, director of commercial sales for the Ross Solar Group that installed the panels, is delighted.
"It is the largest (solar) installation in the history of New York City," he tells AFP.
The 1.6-megawatt installation on the Jetro Cash and Carry has been proudly singled out by New York governor Andrew Cuomo as a prime example of a drive to haul the state into a new dawn.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
One point six megawatts? That’s it?
The lefties posing as greenies are not concerned with facts. All they care about is government control
Those panels are not even directed toward the sun.
How much power is actually delivered?
Not just the nominal "capacity. Actual delivered power?
What are the maintenance costs to the users?
Does the rates paid for the power reflect actual cost of generation and delivery?
So many claims, so much BS.
And so little facts.
That's the "rating" on the specs label.
What's has actually been delivered during the day, average?
What has actually been delivered on an average night?
Consolidate Edison - Con Ed - serves NYC and area. Over 20,000,000 megawatt hours are delivered to residential and commercial customers. http://www.coned.com/documents/facts-2012.pdf
1.6 / 20,000,000 = 0.000008%
This is a drop in the ocean.
I figured as much. That 1.6Mw is the max rated output, so the average is likely lower than that.
Not even useful for a flux capacitor.
You won’t even make it back to last Thursday on that amount of power. ;-)
I’ll use about 720K to get my maters up and running. course that is over a 60 day period.
I worked at a *real* power plant ages ago as a coop student, GA Power’s Plant Bowen.
1.6 MW was probably about the size of the on site auxiliary combustion turbines for start up power in case a massive outage knocked everything off line. If other words, 1.6 MW is enough power to start a real powerplant.
Gonna drive the state to her twilight then night, not dawn.
I think this means our capacity for time travel peaked in 1985. All downhill from there. Not even a hoverboard.
That’s nameplate. In NY the capacity factor has to be awfully low.
But it said “mega”.
That is a lot? Right?
of course they will be covered with snow for months as well.
Thanks for those numbers!
How much time is lost due to rain, clouds, snow, nights and of course winter sun when it is low on the horizon?
Who get to wipe the dust off and how many feet of snow per year will need to be cleaned off?
I just love the way you put that in perspective.
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NYC gets about 4kwh/m2/day for a tilt=latitude photovoltaic collector. These collectors are flat. NYC is about 41N.
photo of installation
write up by equipment supplier (photo not NY, but SF)
Here in south Texas, where the sun actually shines a bit, a typical “sustainable” solar house might have about 36 kilowatts of solar panels. The NY panels bragged about in this article would thus be the same as about 44 houses. These “sustainable” houses, though, are anything BUT sustainable. They use the grid as a large storage battery, selling the power to the grid (at subsidized rates) the few times they supply more than they use, and buying from the grid the rest of the time. The “rest of the time” happens to be “most of the time”. All of the rest of the time, it’s that dirty coal and oil that keep the lights on.
Exactly, our windmills here in Texas(the last I heard) have about 5% productivity.
Thanks for the links in post 25.