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Energy savings study recommends solar powered cell canopy

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Representatives of NV5 Energy Efficiency Services presented a study to the Richmond County Administrative Services Committee on Feb. 21 that claims Augusta can cut its energy costs by nearly 50% if the city follows their recommendations.

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  1. did anyone notice it will cost to $25 million up front to save “probably” 1.5 million a year. that will take a long time to recoup your up front expenses and with the rise in energy costs you most likely will never recoup the cost.

  2. As someone who has had solar panels for eleven years, I am very concerned about the term Guaranteed. Georgia Power controls how much you’re paid for the electricity you produce, along with the OK from the Georgia Public Service Commission. GP usually gets their way in these situations. All of the hype about Solar Power in the beginning sounds good, but in the long run they will never pay for themselves. For the first five years GP paid seventeen cents per kWh, this was to help the homeowner to recover the extremely high cost of these systems. Now GP pays three point seven cent per kWh, do the math. These panels cost seven thousand dollars more than my house cost when it was new. The Richmond County Commission needs to study the long term effect of solar, not just the initial hype.

  3. We paid consultants to recommend that the county install LED light fixtures and bulbs? Public service and Georgia Power ads and flyers have been urging customers to switch to LED lights for years. Incedible!

  4. The Augusta Richmond County Public Library had solar installed on one of its facilities several years ago and it is, so far, working just fine. The pay back period was calculated at ~10 years and that is apparently how it will work out. The only additional point is that there was a substantial grant involved which made this possible. Had this not been available the payback period would have been much longer and the Board of Trustees would not have approved it. Much of the equation involves the longevity of the equipment and the efficiency of the collectors. Solar power is not yet a “slam dunk” proposition. It the case of solar power, the devil is definitely in the details.

  5. Let’s see, $25 Million investment for a $1.5 Million return each year equals 16.7 years just to break even. Don’t forget about the maintenance required, like cleaning, micro inverters going out, and panels failing.

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