Solar power heating up in Idaho | Northwest – KXLY.com

Bonaventure has been named the primary recipient of power generated by BQ Energys solar array and will receive annual credits of around $100,000 from National Grid. It couldnt be more of a winwin situation for us, said Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure. Were thrilled to be partnering with BQ on this clean-energy initiative, which reaffirms our commitment to sustainability and the reduction of our carbon footprint. Construction of the solar array is planned to start in August and should take around three months to complete. Actual construction is expected to bring between 50 and 75 jobs to the area. The facility should take up most of the 24-acre site. With all the drainage and setbacks well have to put in, the solar panels will take up most of the parcel, said Jim Falsetti, director of BQ Energy. He estimated as many as 15,000 panels will be installed at the site. There will really be just row upon row of solar panels, he said.
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Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities

I could power an electric car off my roof. Though solar panels are built primarily as an alternative source of electricity, Giamurro is looking to derive heat from them, as well. Were putting in heat pumps, so the solar panels could be heat sources, she said. Wed save on electricity and on oil. Giumarro said that her roof is nicely positioned to effectively hold solar panels. For one thing, its new, so she would not need to take them down in five or 10 years to replace an old roof. The size of the roof matters, too, she said.
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So low is the cost of residential solar these days that the average, 5-kW system can be had, depending on where you live, for about the same price (financed) as a new Toyota Corolla $16,000-22,000. Already, the price of solar has gotten so low that solar power is cheaper than grid-supplied electricity in 42 of the largest U.S. 50 cities, again assuming a solar system is financed at 5 percent over its presumed 25-year lifespan,Going Solar’s authors found. (If you were to buy a system outright, i.e.
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Solar power plan fires up Freeport – Keep Me Current: News

A combination of federal regulations, tax incentives, cheaper solar panels and a rate-calculating method approved by the commission itself has made solar power economically attractive in Idaho. But commissioners and Idaho Power Co. officials say the projects could end up costing ratepayers more because utilities will face uncertainties by being forced by federal rules to integrate power from a source that fluctuates with the sun. Solar power backers say solar power won’t cost ratepayers more and will provide clean energy. Officials say the 13 projects spread across southern Idaho add up to about 400 megawatts. That’s enough to power up to 400,000 homes. 2015 The Associated Press.
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