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langhugh
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by langhugh on June 30th, 2011

Aman/Dan,

I want to thank you two for your leadership during this solar installation process. We in the Mueller neighborhood are on the verge of accomplishing something pretty amazing, and you two have been the organizing force behind the movement.

We will likely have installed between 500-700 kilowatts on more than 100 neighborhood rooftops by the end of the summer. Our homes will join other high-profile solar arrays at the Ronald McDonald House, the Reclaimed Water Tower, and the Sunflower Art display as examples of what is possible on a neighborhood scale.

The interesting thing is that we are installing solar more cheaply than many other large commercial/civic solar arrays in Austin, and I'm talking about the gross cost, not subsidized cost we are paying after various rebates and credits.

Austin's largest single commercial arrays both were much more expensive to install. At UT's JJ Pickle Research Campus, Austin's largest single array (323kW) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=216288455058981&set=a.114630561891438.12239.114621278559033&type=1&theater was installed at for $6.19/watt ($6,191/kW). http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2011/06/02/ut-unveils-2-million-solar-panel-system-pickle-research-campus?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4de8e6866c1741e4,0

Austin's 2nd largest array is a 136kW thin-flim solar array on the Glen Bell Service Center http://www.austinenergy.com/About Us/Newsroom/Press Releases/Press Release Archive/2010/largestSolarRoofSystem.htm for the Austin Water Utility and, while cost details were not made public, it is unlikely that a thin-film array is cost-competitive with a photovlotaic array.

In the Mueller neighborhood, we are installing solar at about $4.50/watt. That equals $4,500/kilowatt(kW) for our 500 or so residential kilowatts.

Why is distributed residential rooftop solar is 30% cheaper than large commercial/civic arrays? Besides the fact that residential is a competitive marketplace, and civic arrays may be bloated with government overhead, I would also suggest that residential homeowners (with our ready-made tilted roofs) are providing a fairly trouble-free, lower-risk installation experience for the industry

Distributed rooftop solar, in all its current and future forms, is quite probably the most cost-efficient version of renewable energy we have to add capacity to the electric grid. We are working toward a grand solution to this energy mess.

Dusty
 
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henningspruth
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by henningspruth on June 30th, 2011

Quote:
Aman/Dan,

I want to thank you two for your leadership during this solar installation process. We in the Mueller neighborhood are on the verge of accomplishing something pretty amazing, and you two have been the organizing force behind the movement.



I second the motion!

Henning
 
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ineoeni
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by ineoeni on June 30th, 2011

Dan,

Row Homes go through the exact same process as everyone else. The POA worked with lawyers/insurance companies/residents to come up with a process. The early going hasn't been perfect, but the POA has done a great job of responding to our concerns and hasn't denied anyone on a row home trying to go solar.

The MMP just closed up Phase 2, but we'd be happy to help you go solar as part of Phase 3. Please PM me you email/phone number and I'll give you the run down.

Aman
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Daniel Colimon
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by Daniel Colimon on July 1st, 2011

Pretty amazing stuff going on here! We are fortunate and happy to be part of such a forward-thinking neighborhood.

Thank you Aman and Dan.
 
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