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Aurora



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 8:19 am    Post subject: USA: Solar industry needs workers Reply with quote

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San Francisco Chronicle - 10/05/08

California's fascination with solar power has created thousands of jobs in the state and will probably add thousands more, according to a new survey of the industry.

The survey, by two community college researchers, estimates that solar companies in California now employ between 16,500 and 17,500 people and may hire another 5,000 in the next year.

Many of those new jobs will be in the Bay Area. The region already has between 6,900 and 8,000 solar jobs and could add 1,900 more in the next 12 months, the researchers found.

Most of the job opportunities will be on the roof, not in the lab. The industry desperately needs people to install rooftop solar arrays, as more Californians plant photovoltaic panels on their homes. And that represents a great opportunity for community colleges, whose students could be prime candidates for the work, said survey co-author John Carrese. The industry also has openings for designers and salespeople.

"You don't need a Ph.D. or a B.A. to get into this industry," Carrese said. "It's an opportunity to rebuild the working-class jobs that have been lost."

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:04 am    Post subject: What miniumum PV watts should you get? Reply with quote

Hi,

I've been looking at ebay with a view to getting a PV system primarily as an emergency backup system.

What sort of wattage should I be looking at?

(Yes, I know ... 'It depends')

Is there a 'Don't be silly, that's way too little' wattage amount we can all agree on?
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For emergency lighting probably about 50W will do at a pinch, if you want owt else too (e.g. timing/ign on boiler, or laptop) then about 150W at least. Put it this way if I were to put in a system like that I'd go for about 200W. Price per watt seems to be about ?5 for the large grid-connected systems, will be more for the small systems: partly economies of scale and partly that you have to buy batteries.
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