The Mountain Institute is providing a solar array and vehicle charging station for the new Farmers Market building in downtown Morgantown. Here is Taylor Kuykendall’s story on Grounded.
The story doesn’t have any information about the capacity of the system, but it does claim that the panels will provide about half the Farmers Market’s power.
We need better information about solar projects in the press if WV citizens are going to learn about how solar power works. Vague references to savings estimates or “half the power” aren’t good enough. Tell us how many kilowatts the system capacity is rated for so that people can begin to develop their own understanding of what rated capacity means.
Let’s also hope that the market will have some kind of ground level display of how much power is being generated in real time so that everyone can see how much energy is produced from varying sunlight conditions.
I was just at FERC’s headquarters in DC on Tuesday, and they have a huge display in their lobby about how much energy the 8 solar panels on the roof of the building have produced since 2002. 8 panels? Really? FERC is bragging on 8 panels? I have 6 panels on my measly little system. I’ll bet FERC has room for at least 50 panels on its roof.
Maybe someone from Morgantown or the Mountain Institute can post a comment with how many panels are planned for the Farmers Market and what their total rated output will be.