The panels now line most of the roof of the library, They turn sun into energy that will be used by the library — plus enough extra to take three Binghamton homes off the grid.
One of the things that made the installation possible — the price of solar technology has dropped significantly over the past few years.
“I think the library has made a great stance here in demonstrating that this technology works today. It’s very robust, very efficient, and well-tested. So, it’s been around for years, and the difference is the cost has finally come down, and it’s in the reach of businesses and homeowners all across the Triple Cities and Broome County,” said Bill Silva, President of United Renewable Energy, LLC.
Alpharetta, GA. December, 6, 2010. The City of Alpharetta just installed its first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) array on the rooftop of Wills Park Pool on Old Milton Highway (west of GA 400 and Highway 9). The Array, 3.84 kW, utilizes local solar panel technology, and will save 110 tons of CO2 over the next 25 years, the equivalent of 220,800 vehicle miles. “This is an exciting moment for the City of Alpharetta and a logical next step in our efforts to be a greener, more sustainable community,” said Arthur Letchas, Mayor of Alpharetta. “By using the sun’s energy to provide power to one of our most frequented recreation facilities, we hope to educate our citizens on this effective way to more wisely use our resources.”
Always looking for new opportunities to connect students to sustainable jobs, Lanier Technical College has set its sights on the solar industry.
Demand for solar energy has grown about 30 percent per year during the last 15 years, according to Solarbuzz, which tracks the industry worldwide as part of the marketing research firm, NPD Group. Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations increased by 7.3 gigawatts in 2009; up from 6,080 megawatts in 2008. (A megawatt is 1,000,000 watts; a gigawatt is 1,000 megawatts.)
The firm projects strong industry growth in the Asian Pacific, European and U.S. markets for the next five years. More efficient and less-costly technology has made solar options more affordable at the same time the world has increased its demand for renewable energy sources. (more…)
Corporate Sponsors Help Lanier Technical College Build Solar Installation Lab. Alpharetta—Feb 26, 2010— Wearing hard hats, goggles, and fall protection harnesses, the first graduating class from Georgia’s only NABCEPp TM approved Entry Level Solar Photovoltaic Installer Program stand confidently on a simulated roof surrounded by solar panels. The roof is located at Lanier Technical College’s brand new Solar Photovoltaic Installation training lab at their Milton campus.
Students from various backgrounds including electrical workers, construction workers, full time students and information technology professionals are completing the class that teaches them the basics of installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems. This technology converts sunlight directly to usable electricity for homes and commercial buildings. “Solar power installation is a red-hot industry nationwide and growing in Georgia. Georgia is just now beginning to take the policy strides necessary to build a strong solar industry like in North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and California. Our students will be among the first ready to support the burgeoning demand caused by dramatically lower solar PV system costs”, said William Silva, Solar Instructor and Adjunct Coordinator of Solar Programs at Lanier Technical College. (more…)