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What is ‘community solar’ and would you join such an initiative?  

Community solar is exactly what the term states. It’s where a joint, local community shares the power produced by the solar power plant. This is a great initiative for communities who are rural based and do not have access to the same luxuries other areas have. Many benefits from this initiative include the lowered cost of having to buy multiple solar panel grids for homes and instead, only needing one supply versus the many as stated before (Dunmade, 2021). Places with an abundance of renewable energy resources such as sunlight, wind, biomass, and water radiation could benefit greatly (Dunmade, 2021). The cost of solar power has gone down tremendously since 2007, which could have its advantages before it becomes a main source of power for communities and the energy produced is more cost efficient versus having it generated from a power company. The community solar initiative sounds like an easier and more cost-efficient concept. I think there are a lot of different rural communities that could benefit from this concept, but not sure it is one for high populated areas. The management of having a solar power community could have its own set of issues like management of the power and cost for each person. Along with finding a suitable grid for housing that is open to sunlight. I think this would not be a great choice for a lot of people because they like trees and having shade in their yard. At this point, I would not join a community solar initiative due to that reason. Restrictions on living and where to live makes this less appealing of an idea for normal suburbia.

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Reference

Dunmade, I. (2021). Community/shared solar power option: a pathway to sustainable rural electrification in Nigeria. Agronomy Research19(4), 1734–1746. https://doi-org.ezproxy.umgc.edu/10.15159/AR.21.150

 

 

What is a microgrid and its advantages/disadvantages to our current electricity grid?

A micro-grid is a sustainable energy source that acts as a single entity and can be used in connected grid and islanded grid modes (Raya-Armental, et al., 2021). Micro-grids attract the minds of environmentalists due to the growing global concerns like air pollution and the incline of energy demands from our rapidly expanding populations. Microgrids can reduce greenhouse emissions, and lower energy prices, along with the fact it is a future potential to power remote locations (Raya-Armental, et al., 2021).  The many benefits of renewable energy sources such as microgrids, can be easily explained and argued over. Though it may not always have a positive affect on all areas. While micro-grids are still in the works of being managed for islanded micro-grids, this can create weakened stability and reliability in the systems. The unknown amount of energy availability creates even less reliability in the system. While the future lowered costs continue to be a topic of conversation and is seen as a benefit, there are far more technological constraints and complex technical systems to be accounted for in order to make this a positive population benefit.

 

Reference

Jose Maurilio Raya-Armenta, Najmeh Bazmohammadi, Juan Gabriel Avina-Cervantes, Doris      Sáez, Juan C. Vasquez, Josep M. Guerrero, Energy management system optimization in islanded microgrids: An overview and future trends, Renewable and Sustainable Energy   Reviews, Volume 149, 2021, 111327, ISSN 1364        0321,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2021.111327.             (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032121006134)

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion 2:

I recently found out that installing a solar power system is not a simple process nor is it as cheap as I thought. First, you need to consider homeowner’s insurance before installing a solar panel system; according to (Hockstad, 2021), “when it comes to risks like solar panels where they cannot make a call one way or the other, the home insurers tend to either not insure the home altogether or attach plenty of coverage exclusions, especially for perils like wind damage.” My insurance wanted to raise my premium by $1,000 dollars. Second, consider the panel-rated power, panel efficiency, the type of rooftop, and your energy consumption habits, which will be a factor in determining how many panels you’ll need. Having said this, one of the quotes I received for installing a panel system in my house, which would be a 25.2K system, was $85,200 dollars. This includes 63 panels, facing the south and the west, 20-year system maintenance and repairs, 20-year workmanship warranty, 20-year performance guarantee, 25-year roof penetration warranty, and 25-year monitoring. This would mean that I would be paying $271 a month for my energy bill if I am refinancing the system, which is not bad considering that FPL just raised my bill by 11% per month.

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