I am an environmental engineer and have been active in the renewable energy area, particularly with respect to bioenergy. I see a strong connection between bioenergy and solar energy because the two are both dependent on the sun. One generates electrical energy, the other produces chemical energy. A specific area that I have been working on is in cultivating algae for bioenergy and other high value products. The connection between PV solar and algae is that cultivation or growing algae requires energy. That energy is best supplied with PV solar.
What tips do you have for someone considering or moving forward with a solar installation?
Reduce consumption through efficiency efforts before going solar. Hire reputable experts who can demonstrate a track record.
If you choose to do-it-yourself, as I have, be prepared for a lot of up-front planning and studying. Consult with others to learn from their projects and experiences.
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