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Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas
WNYC ^ | 12-3-12 | Annmarie Fertoli

Posted on 12/04/2012 9:01:40 PM PST by smokingfrog

A non-profit clean energy group, Solar One, has been deploying solar generators to areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group currently has several generators running in the Rockaways, and made a recent delivery to Midland Beach on Staten Island.

The delivery went to a community-run center operating at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Adjacent to the church’s gymnasium is a building still without power. There, volunteers have set up services like a legal clinic, to help residents with their paperwork, and a free store, packed with donated goods like soap and canned foods.

Outside is a small yard with tents where residents can get a massage, sign up to volunteer for the day, or just rest. Several groups and individual volunteers have set up shop here, to help provide services. It’s become a one-stop shop for residents in need.

It’s also where the new solar generator will reside. Max Joel, with Solar One, hopes it will provide some small conveniences. “People will be able to charge cell phones, charge laptops … can run a small refrigerator, lighting,” he said. “For a lot of the things I’m seeing around the site here, it should serve pretty well.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: electricgrid; sandy
I wonder how many electric heaters it can run?
1 posted on 12/04/2012 9:01:46 PM PST by smokingfrog
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The generators are manufactured by DC Solar Solutions in California. Consolidated Solar is the east coast distributor.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 9:02:47 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

And it only took a month to deploy.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 9:06:27 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of TheMasses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

The guy usually rents them out to construction sites and such.

He called FEMA, etc. and couldn’t get anyone interested.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2012/11/14/mobile-solar-generators-one-mans-odyssey-to-bring-power-back-to-new-york/

They’re only 10kw, but better than nothing if you have no power at all and have trouble getting fuel for a regular generator.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 9:12:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

10kw would do most of what I need, daily.

15 day and night would run the farm in the winter, and I could weld in the shop, etc.

Hard to get a city going with that, but I applaud his contribution.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 9:18:05 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: smokingfrog

Solar generators, New York, in winter.
Yeah,,, i guess up there in the sunbelt that makes good sense.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 9:25:28 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: smokingfrog

If they delivered that with fuel and a trailer then they had fuel and the ability to get generators.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 9:26:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of TheMasses Could Be Farts)
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To: DesertRhino

New York, in winter.
Yeah,,, i guess up there in the sunbelt that makes good sense <<

Shuuush!..if the South ever discovers they can own the North via free sun power...lol...


8 posted on 12/04/2012 9:35:40 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Kartographer

For your edification


9 posted on 12/04/2012 10:12:33 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: smokingfrog

Note to the solar afficionados - that great big “solar” generator that they had to roll in on a trailer provide enough power to “be able to charge cell phones, charge laptops … can run a small refrigerator, lighting,” Please keep that in mind when next you insist that we become more “sustainable”.

Monkeywrench out.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 10:31:15 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution!)
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To: One Name
10kw would do most of what I need, daily.

These solar panels are rated on their peak power, when the Sun is not obstructed and when the light is perpendicular to the panels. This may be achieved for about 15 minutes in the middle of summer, if the panels are perfectly oriented. Often this cannot be achieved at all.

A 10 kW panel will give you, on average, maybe 1 to 2 kW averaged over day and night (in other words, from 24 to 48 kWh.) Daytime in fall and winter is particularly short, and cloudy skies are the norm.

Of course this is also power, and you can use it - as long as you don't have to pay for it. If you do, though, you may be better off with a gasoline generator - especially because it works when you need it, and idles (or stops) when you don't use it. Modern generators with inverters are particularly effective, since they don't have to maintain the RPM to hold the frequency.

11 posted on 12/04/2012 10:33:08 PM PST by Greysard (Marxist Law of Distribution of Wealth: Shortages will be divided equally among the peasants.)
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To: smokingfrog
Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas

There is no such thing as a "Solar Generator." Perpetuating the ignorance of a word which has had a specific meaning for a century just confuses the ignorant and allows significant scams to exist, merely by means of abusing the common meaning and understanding of the word.

I refuse to read any articles that use this fraudulent word game to further social engineering agenda, or to exploit the ignorant.
Generators have been traditionally defined as mechanical devices that produce electrical energy by converting some other form of mechanical, physical or other potentially storeable energy.

Solar is more clearly a conversion device that creates electrical energy from solar energy, which must be somehow stored or used immediately, in order to perform useful work.

"Solar coverters power Sandy-stricken areas" would be a more accurate and clearer headline.

12 posted on 12/05/2012 12:35:12 AM PST by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: One Name
10kw would do most of what I need, daily.

You might need a little help moving it to the right spot...


13 posted on 12/05/2012 3:09:29 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: publius911
There is no such thing as a "Solar Generator."

Well, there is, but not what the bozo "reporter" is writing about. You're right, these are just solar panels. There are solar generators that generate steam to turn a turbine, technically that's a solar heated steam powered turbine.

Perpetuating the ignorance of a word which has had a specific meaning for a century just confuses the ignorant

Ditto! Calling solar panels "solar generators" is nuts. A theft of language.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 4:55:49 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: publius911
There is no such thing as a "Solar Generator."

Well, there is, but not what the bozo "reporter" is writing about. You're right, these are just solar panels. There are solar generators that generate steam to turn a turbine, technically that's a solar heated steam powered turbine.

Perpetuating the ignorance of a word which has had a specific meaning for a century just confuses the ignorant

Ditto! Calling solar panels "solar generators" is nuts. A theft of language.

15 posted on 12/05/2012 4:55:49 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Greysard

excellent summary....and to add, at the most the sun is available in NYC, 5 hours a day this time of the year....as always, what happens at night with solar power....zero...


16 posted on 12/05/2012 5:05:33 AM PST by B212
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To: smokingfrog
A non-profit clean energy group

Is there any other kind?
17 posted on 12/05/2012 5:13:17 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Mogger

There’s also heated-air solar generators. They use parabolic mirros or focused-arrays to heat air and run an air-piston motor connected to a generator.


18 posted on 12/05/2012 5:15:40 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: smokingfrog

Staten Island, NY Weather for today:

Chance of Rain:30%
Wind: NW at 15 mph
UV Index:2 - Low

Chance of a shower or two during the morning, followed by partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 55F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
_________________________

They need a couple of windmills too... /s


19 posted on 12/05/2012 5:31:39 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: raybbr
"You might need a little help moving it to the right spot..."

Actually, on a cloudy day, as shown, and as typical for the area this time of year, any place is OK. It puts out essentially zero power no matter which way it's pointed. it's good to warm you up, though. Those 15, or so, people required to move it around get quite warm from the exercise.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 5:35:13 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: smokingfrog

How good do they work at night?


21 posted on 12/05/2012 5:41:47 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: mylife

Greenpeace has had a solar generator (to recharge cell phones)on the Rockaway peninsula since the day after the storm. They arrived with Occupy Wall Street (aka: Occupy Sandy) people who opened the YANA (you are not alone) relief center in the storefront next door.

22 posted on 12/07/2012 8:21:51 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: raybbr

That looks more like a 100 kw outfit to me. I have a 15000 watt pto generator I could run with a 20 hp tractor.


23 posted on 12/11/2012 8:42:44 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: raybbr

That looks more like a 100 kw outfit to me. I have a 15000 watt pto generator I could run with a 20 hp tractor.


24 posted on 12/11/2012 8:49:36 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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