Solar Shuttle with Dan Lepinski (Visit)

Another Creative and Effienfcet Use for Solar Power

Dan says the number one question he gets is “What’s the return on investment for adding these solar panels.”

His answer “What’s your return on investment now for you current electricity bill.”

At the University of Ariligton Fort Worth Campus

At the University of Ariligton Fort Worth Campus Presentation May 2013

Dan Lepinski has a back ground in Electrical Engineering, with a deep passion for solar technology. He created his first solar powered radio as a 6 grade science project… the judge’s recommendation was better luck next year because solar power is way too impractical.I got a chance to sit in on the 2 hour presentation presented by Dan Lepinski, at the University of Arlington Fort Worth Campums

Hands Down Dan Lepinski is a true “Texas Solar Guru”

Dan hand crafted an old wellsfargo trailer into an emergency response vehicle that can be used in disastrous situations. This trailer has been used to maintain power for police radios and equipment, computers and even medial batteries when no electricity is available.

Quick View of the inside of the trailer

Quick View of the inside of the trailer- At the University of Arlington Presentation May 2013

Interesting Facts About the Trailer:

  • Its portable and with brakes, to protect the amount of batteries its carrying
  • 5 Top Solar Panels
  • 5 Bottom Solar Panels
  • Panels are made of tempered glass and peat sand>> all covered by insurance
  • Each set of solar panels are powered by separate charging controls
  •            Typically one inverter is used at a time
  • Eight Batteries – four each in two separate 24Vdc systems
  • Total Battery Amp-Hours 1100 amp-hours @ 20 hour rate (all battery banks in parallel).
  •  Total Battery Reserve 26,400 watt-hours @ 20 hour rate (all battery banks on line)
  • Inverter Safety Switches>> Only the Main inverters – DC input @300 Amps. UL certified.
  • Data Output Ethernet interface to 802.11g wireless router
  • Saves 80% on energy usage
  • The trailer can power a 2 story home >> if the home has undergone additional energy effiecent improvements.
Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Custer, Wisconsin (Powering 42 vendors in the two main buildings and the Main Information Tent)

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Custer, Wisconsin
(Powering 42 vendors in the two main buildings and the Main Information Tent)

Something to Remember:

It costs more to deliver energy than to use the energy. With solar energy you are producing the energy right where you use the energy, meaning you are reducing the need for miles and miles of wiring/piping and materials needed to get the energy to a home ect., also reducing the impact of damage done to the environment.

Also with Wind Energy there are currently several setbacks, for starters wind towers need to be at least 30-50 feet above all other objects, unless you are dealing with acreage, and they require lots of good energy to produce good energy.

University of Arlington May 2013 Presentation

University of Arlington Fort Worth Campus May 2013

Roughly Costing:  (remember with double everything) (and reinforced solid walls)  $65,000 Without a 30% tax credit currently thru 2015 .56cent Oncor Rebate

Roughly Costing:  $65,000    (remember with double everything) (and reinforced solid walls)
Without a 30% tax credit currently thru 2015
.56cent Oncor Rebate

.Rodney is holding thin films of solar panels sewn into sheets used to power cell phones car batteries ect. Can also be used in flexible situations or creative roofing and sides of buildings and farming facilities.

.Rodney is holding thin films of solar panels sewn into sheets used to power cell phones car batteries ect.
Can also be used in flexible situations or creative roofing and sides of buildings and farming facilities.

Interesting Links Mentioned:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”)

http://www.keepingpaceintexas.org/news_detail.aspx?news=3787

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) is a pro-business, pro-environment, pro-jobs initiative that gives property owners upfront access to affordable long-term financing for qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits and improvements to existing structures on residential, commercial, industrial, or other real property. PACE loans are repaid through special property tax assessments that can be amortized for periods of up to twenty (20) years. If the property is sold before the full amount of the PACE loan is repaid, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner because the lien securing the tax assessment follows title to the property.

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Data Base for Incentives on Renewable & Efficiency Improvements and Development

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=0&ee=0&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=TX

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies
that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established
in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State
University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.
DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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