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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:42pm

 miamizsun wrote:

but what's the australian governments cut?

normally like 30% i think

unless there's a special "subsidized" situation  

 
About 70% of the capacity belongs to the state of South Australia who paid for the project. The profit is what goes to the company who operates it. Even with the tax on the profits (split between the government of Australia and the states - no separate state tax) it's a pretty good deal.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:36pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:

I'd have to spend $18K to save $20K in 20 years.

 

i think they mention swanson's law in this short video




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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:28pm

 ptooey wrote:

Just about exactly what it told me.

 
stupid hip roof and shade trees. can't have anything nice.
I dragged the location thingy all over the neighbors' houses, not a whole lot better even on the big bright yellow roofs.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:27pm

 maryte wrote:

I think their math is off on my abode. They're estimating ~4.69 hours of usable sunlight per day. That is laughable. That might be about right for us in the "depths of winter" in Austin (or, as I like to call it, Pre-Spring), but we get so much sunlight in spring, summer, and fall that I cannot sustain a vegetable garden, as everything fries to a crisp.

 
Same here.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:22pm

 miamizsun wrote: 
I think their math is off on my abode. They're estimating ~4.69 hours of usable sunlight per day. That is laughable. That might be about right for us in the "depths of winter" in Austin (or, as I like to call it, Pre-Spring), but we get so much sunlight in spring, summer, and fall that I cannot sustain a vegetable garden, as everything fries to a crisp.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:17pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:

I'd have to spend $18K to save $20K in 20 years.

 
Just about exactly what it told me.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 1:05pm

 miamizsun wrote: 
I'd have to spend $18K to save $20K in 20 years.
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 11:59am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Sorry, Project Sunroof hasn't reached that address yet

 
{#Lol}
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 11:49am

 miamizsun wrote: 
Sorry, Project Sunroof hasn't reached that address yet
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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 11:43am

google project sunroof

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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 - 11:10am

 haresfur wrote: 
but what's the australian governments cut?

normally like 30% i think

unless there's a special "subsidized" situation  
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Posted: Jan 25, 2018 - 10:13pm

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Posted: Dec 6, 2017 - 2:27pm

Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

MINCO, Okla. — Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels.

The online giant said on Tuesday that all of its data centers around the world will be entirely powered with renewable energy sources sometime next year.

well sort of...read on:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/technology/google-says-it-will-run-entirely-on-renewable-energy-in-2017.html


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Posted: Nov 30, 2017 - 8:08am

I've tended to side with L8 on the skeptical side of alternative energy boosterism; much of the insistence that non-hydrocarbon-based energy represented a viable alternative to coal, oil, and natural gas power generation to satisfy the huge demand in the US and other economic powerhouse nations seemed overly optimistic. I'm beginning to rethink my skepticism.
Electricity Prices Plummet as Gas, Wind Gain Traction and Demand Stalls


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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 2:50pm

This is cool. I talked with the person who has been running the project managing the rising water levels in the mines and he said it might work with some modifications.

Bendigo pumped hydro takes step forward

The Bendigo goldfields had the largest concentration of deep shafts in the world, reaching over 1400 metres at its deepest point.

It’s a unique underground environment where seven separate mine workings remain to this day, steadily accumulating groundwater.

Potentially, these conditions are ideal to provide Bendigo’s own pumped hydro scheme.

The plan is believed to be the first of its kind in the world – certainly the first to be totally underground using man-made mines.

In daylight hours, excess solar and other renewable energy would be used to pump water from one reef system held at a low water level to an adjacent reef at a higher water level where it would be held in storage.

When a peak electricity demand comes, or overnight when the sun is not shining on solar panels, the water would run back down to the lower level, turning a turbine and generating electricity.



The pumped hydro plan involves using excess renewable energy to pump water to higher levels, before releasing it back down, turning a turbine.

 The pumped hydro plan involves using excess renewable energy to pump water to higher levels, before releasing it back down, turning a turbine.

“If found viable, the BSG would love to see the community be able to own the Bendigo mines pumped hydro project.

“Bendigo is the ideal mid-sized regional Australian city to be the test case and to lead down, with strong government support, a path to a large-scale community-owned renewable energy future.”

Community-owned wind projects already exist in regional Victoria, including the Hepburn wind farm and the Coonooer Bridge wind farm near Charlton.

In Bendigo, a combination of household solar PV, commercial-scale solar, wind power, and waste-to-energy and biomass could be scaled up to help the city – and possibly the region – approach 100 per cent renewable.

Pumped hydro and batteries could then provide the energy storage to meet peak demand periods and times when the renewables are generating little or no energy.

Mr Corr said their goal was for Bendigo to become a net exporter of renewable energy.

At this stage, the pumped hydro groundwater plan has the backing of the state government.

Energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio described it as an “intriguing” idea that could deliver “tremendous benefits” to Bendigo.

“We’re backing this study because solar pumped hydro has the potential to store and generate significant levels of energy capacity,” she said.

“Studies like this one help position Victoria as a world leader in renewable energy technology.”

 

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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 11:26am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I just don't want to be inconvenienced by the Ball of Fiery Death. 

 
It won't be inconvenient; it'll be terrific - I'm telling ya'.  The best...Ball of Fiery Death...ever - way better than Obama's - which was the worst, most embarrassing BoFD in the history of our nation...SAD!  With this BoFD, you'll be incinerated so conveniently that you'll wish you could do it again.  #MABoFDA!
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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 11:21am

 maryte wrote:


Coward.

 
I just don't want to be inconvenienced by the Ball of Fiery Death. 
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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 11:09am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I'm against it.

 

Coward.
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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 10:59am

 Lazy8 wrote:
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Also, batteries are nasty. 

There's the whole dying in a fiery cataclysm thing...

 
I'm against it.
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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 - 10:33am

 haresfur wrote:

There are cleaner and more efficient solar power systems like Stirling engines that could be made by re-tooling an auto assembly line. They have their own issues - you need to have a dish that tracks the sun but on the other hand they can run on natural gas when the sun isn't out.  Just one example:

Could this be the world's most efficient solar electricity system?

 
Years ago my uncle, an actual Rocket Scientist, proposed using solar energy to heat liquid to generate steam, to drive turbines. He suggested liquid sodium in a closed-loop system. I'm sure he's not the only one to come up with the concept. One advantage is the ability to use conventional fuels when necessary.
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