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    acampbell is offline Community Manager
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    Default Anyone interested in solar?

    Yesterday, I blogged about an article announcing Sovran Self Storage is considering adding solar to its line of storage facilities. Solar is a hot topic right now. (Excuse the pun!) The technology is more affordable, plus there are a ton of kickbacks from federal and state governments.

    I recently finished up a feature on solar and other green products and services. Look for it in the July issue and on the website soon.

    ISS will also explore the merits of solar in the self-storage industry at the ISS Expo in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-8. We're putting together a panel of experts to speak on the subject.

    Are you interested in solar power? What questions do you have? Are you concerned about the costs, curious about rebates or just want to know how it all works? Give us your feedback.
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    We investigated this one year ago and it worked out NOT to be affordable.
    It took nearly 20 years to collect the investment back.
    It could be a different story if you build a NEW facility.

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    Default Solar roof

    We had a customer include solar in a project recently. I believe they were pretty happy with it, but don't recall how fast the payoff was expected to be.

    We expect that solar will gain in popularity as costs come down.

    Steve Hajewski
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    I have wanted to do this for the last three years, but the cost is the biggest hurdle.

    Everyone tells me to expect a payback in 5 to 7 years, and then they quote me anywhere from $85,000 to $200,000 for an 18Kw system.

    Not a one of them can tell me how an $85,000 price tag can get a payback in 7 years! If someone can give me this answer in plan english they will have a sale.

    I gave up on trying to talk to Baja (they are at every EXPO) - sorry, but the only answer I can get from them is an offer for RV covers with solar panels for 5 times the cost. They confuse me even more then the solar installers!!!!

    It all boils down to this -- someone give me straight answers and SHOW me how to do it!
    Wayne
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    Our facility has been build in 3 faces and we have 2 separate electricity meters.

    Because of this system it increased substantially the cost of installing solar roof panels we have been told.

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    We contacted and used the company: " Standard Renewable Energy " and they need the following info: (This is needed to see if investment can carry the cost and or/savings.



    1) Current elec provider

    2) use of kWh over summer and winter

    3) square footage of buildings

    http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/publi...FQHyDAod4CXX3g



    Remember we did this all a year ago so it might be all different by now and not even sure if they are still in business.
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    Default Solar Panels, Hail & Insurance

    I am interesting in knowing more about solar panel designs. Is there a technology which will make them more "hail resistant"? Has anyone received some definitive information from the solar industry? Please post a link if you have one.

    There are portions of the sunbelt, where severe hail is not uncommon. For owners in these "hail belts", the installation of solar panels could result in a dramatic increase in property insurance premiums, or imposition of exclusions or special deductibles for this peril.

    Be sure to contact your insurance broker/agent early in the process of evaluating solar panel technology.

    http://www.riskandinsurance.com/stor...oryId=90072916
    This article mentions how one particular storm did significant damage to a solar panel manufacturing company's plant. Somehow that just seems ironic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riskmgr View Post
    I am interesting in knowing more about solar panel designs. Is there a technology which will make them more "hail resistant"? Has anyone received some definitive information from the solar industry? Please post a link if you have one.

    There are portions of the sunbelt, where severe hail is not uncommon. For owners in these "hail belts", the installation of solar panels could result in a dramatic increase in property insurance premiums, or imposition of exclusions or special deductibles for this peril.

    Be sure to contact your insurance broker/agent early in the process of evaluating solar panel technology.

    http://www.riskandinsurance.com/stor...oryId=90072916
    This article mentions how one particular storm did significant damage to a solar panel manufacturing company's plant. Somehow that just seems ironic.
    This is a very interesting point you make.

    The solar company can provide you with there formula concerning,hail and weight on your building.

    Our main concern was not the size of hail but "bullet holes".

    We have on a regular basis bullet holes in our roofs.

    People like to shoot in the air to celebrate.

    Definitely solar panels are vulnerable and not cheap to fix.

 

 
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