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    The earth is thankful.

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    just out of curiosity: how much would one have to spend to be COMPLETELY independent from any other power supply save for the solar panels? is it possible to "store" "excess" energy for the rainy days (literally)?

    minovio told me his uncle is doing this project for his house to get power supply from solar panels and he has already spent over million pesos on that (mind you, it's a huge house with pool and lots of land). sounds like lots of money to me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    is it possible to "store" "excess" energy for the rainy days (literally)? ...
    Strap a solar panel to your butt ....

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    i am gonna strap something somewhere and poke you with it!
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    it's enviromental forum, not mars and venus, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    just out of curiosity: how much would one have to spend to be COMPLETELY independent from any other power supply save for the solar panels? is it possible to "store" "excess" energy for the rainy days (literally)?
    I don't know enough about this, but in theory there 's no reason why you couldn't charge your inverter with this excess energy. Anyone doing this already?

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    Some Silicon Valley's geek geniouses and some large spanish company are also working on the similar technology. ..DR, (ITLA and the Santo Domingo Cyberpark in particular) might just see itself taking part in the manufacturing action!


    http://www.dr1.com/forums/general-st...-industry.html

    most relevant part:

    dr1 Daily News:
    ...Fernandez then met with the chief executives ofNanosolar (1) (2), who also promised the Dominican President their assistance in the development of new technologies for renewable energy. The Cyberpark (1)will participate in an innovative solar energy project that will use new materials manufactured by Nanosolar to reduce the cost of solar energy installations by 50 or 60%. In Silicon Valley, President Fernandez met with Martin Roscheisen and Brian Sager of Nanosolar. As reported in Diario Libre, President Fernandez expressed his interest that the company in the future may manufacture these materials in the DR for export to the East Coast of the US, the Caribbean and Latin America. ..
    DR1 Daily News sometime after:


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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=6 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset">Solar power to get a boost
    One of the world's leading solar energy companies is opening two factories in the Dominican Republic with an initial investment of more than EUR100 million and plans to invest as much as EUR1.0 billion over the next ten years.
    The president of the National Energy Commission, Aristides Fernandez Zucco announced that Isofoton, the world's fifth largest manufacturer of solar products, and the largest in Spain, plans to install two factories in Haina, just south of Santo Domingo. The company, known as IsoTecsol-RD in the Dominican Republic, makes photovoltaic cells for electricity and solar water heaters. The new plant will produce the photovoltaic plates needed for energy production. Construction is scheduled to start in January 2007. The second facility will be installed in Las Americas Cyber-Park


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    Default Run Meter Backward

    Some places in the US allow you to use solar power and sell the excess back to the power company by running the meter backward. (Similar to the way you gain value for a used car imported to the DR.)
    When I made a preliminary inquiry about solar power for our yet to be built home the estimated cost was about $30,000 USD.

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    Looks like isofoton is moving ahead:


    Platts Renewable Energy Report






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    <CENTER>January 22, 2007</CENTER>
    SECTION: SOLAR; Pg. 20 No. 122


    Isofotón plans solar tech plants at Dominican Republic sites

    Spain's Isofotón is to build two solar equipment production facilities in the Dominican Republic with an initial investment of ?100 million, president of the Dominican National Energy Commission Arístides Fernández Zucco said. He estimated the total investment could reach ?1 billion over the first 10 years.

    Company executive Jose Luis Manzamo confirmed the announcement during the inauguration of the first company's production facility in the Spanish city of Malaga.

    Isofotón, working through its Dominican affiliate IsoTecso, intends to build a plant to produce polysilicate for solar panels in Haina. Construction is scheduled to begin this month, Fernández Zucco said. Work on the second production facility, which will produce solar batteries, is scheduled to start by June in the Las Américas Cyberpark in Santo Domingo.
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    about isofoton:

    Isofoton is a Spanish company, the biggest solar photovoltaic manufacturer in Europe. They have recently taken some very big steps toward integrating themselves into the North American market.
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    Bienvenidos al Hoy Digital

    2/6/2007
    Los trabajos de la primera etapa de construcción de la que será la más grande y moderna fábrica de colectores térmicos en américa Latina y el Caribe fueron iniciados hace dos semanas, como parte del proyecto de inversión de Isofotón-Tecsol en República Dominicana.

    La obra se construye en un área de ocho mil metros cuadrados, ubicada en la Zona Industrial de Haina, ...

    Esta planta de colectores térmicos (calentadores de aguas solares) permitirá suplir el mercado local y el mercado latinoamericano de este producto de última generación, y en un futuro cercano a todos los países vinculados con el Tratado de Libre Comercio de Estados Unidos, República Dominicana y Centroamérica. Hace dos semana una misión técnica-administrativa de la empresa española Isofotón visitó el lugar donde se instala la planta en la Zona Industrial de Haina para inspeccionar el área de construcción y determinar los equipos de última generación para la fabricación de esos colectores térmicos, que ya han sido ordenados en España.
    Los ingenieros Juan Fernández San José, Director de la División de Energía Térmica, y Javier del Río, Director Financiero de la División de Comercio exterior, de Isofotón, estuvieron en el país a mediados de enero pasado como parte del inicio de los referidos trabajos.
    Los equipos que se instalarán en esta nueva planta llegarán a República Dominicana entre mayo y junio de este año, mientras la empresa Tecsol completa la construcción y las facilidades físicas necesarias.
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    ara última semana de este mes de febrero esta prevista la visita al país del Director del Departamento de Ingeniería de Isofotón para proyectar los requerimientos técnicos de última generación de la nueva planta.

    Otra Planta en RD
    El licenciado Fernández Zucco informó, igualmente, que una vez puesta en operación la plata de colectores térmicos en la Zona Industrial de Herrera, se iniciará la segunda etapa de esta iniciativa de inversión Isofotón-Tecsol para República Dominicana que consta con la instalación de la planta de ensamblaje de celdas fotovoltaicas y paneles solares para ser distribuidos y comercializados en el mercado local y en el mercado internacional.
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    Default Here's more, ..

    Looks like harvasting solar energy in DR will soon get a lot cheaper. ..



    .:: Fluitecnik, S.A. - Espíritu de Servicio ::.

    September 18, 2006
    SOLAR; Pg. 16 No. 113




    Spain's Fluitecnik inks contract to build Santo Domingo PV plant


    The solar division of Spanish renewable energy company Fluitecnik has signed an agreement with the Cybernetic Park of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to set up a 23 million euros facility to produce solar photovoltaic panels. The facility will be based in an industrial yard located near the Las Americas freeway in Santo Domingo.

    Fluitecnik's project will create 35 direct and 250 indirect jobs, according to estimates from the Dominican Republic's Export and Investment Center.

    Fluitecnik President Alberto Madoz said his company would organize free courses on the new technology to students willing to participate in projects at the Las Americas Institute of Technology in the Cybernetic Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador View Post
    CuInGaSe2


    Now all we need is a parallel breakthrough in electricity storage devices.

    This is the company mentioned in the article: FLISOM - Flexible and lighweight solar modules

    Them dern Swiss folks again...
    ... J-D.

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