|Solar-friendly roofs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Mandel (dlmandelrcip.com)|
|Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 01:14:08 -0600|
Denise Cote of somewhere in Colorado (I presume; hey everyone, do tell us where you're from when you write!) forwarded a message about opportunities to obtain solar-generating panels in cooperation with electric utilities in Colorado. I'm sure this will become more and more available elsewhere too, so here's a repeat of some advice I offered last year, when we obtain PV panels on our common house through our (local, municipal) electric company's "PV Pioneer" program: PV panels work best, apparently, with large unbroken spaces on rooftops. It was a squeeze to get the minimum even on our common house, and none of our residential buildings qualified because the roofs are broken up not only by architecturally inspired ridges, gullies and dormers (which I might not want to forgo) but also various pipes and vents that stick up wherever it seemed most convenient to put them. With a little forethought and a very small extra expense (I surmise), these obstructions could have been concentrated on the east- and north-facing slopes of the roofs. The south and west would then be open for PV panels. You might mention this to your architects and builders when plans are being drawn up. David Mandel, Southside Park Cohousing, Sacramento
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