Nrel Open PV Project

Apparently, the National Renewable Energy Labs has a voluntary registry of photovoltaic installations. I thought our house would be on there, submitted along with the California Solar Initiative data. Or at least, it should have gotten there through the solar data from the Silicon Valley Energy map . Imagine my dismay at finding that not only was I not there, none of my neighbors with PV were on it, either. Fortunately, there was an option to register and self-submit data.

http://openpv.nrel.gov/gallery

If you have PV installed, it may be worth a look to see if you're on there.

Comments

  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
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    nice link. i'm shocked that pa has more listed than many areas in the south, including florida.
  • solar_davesolar_dave Solar Expert Posts: 2,343 ✭✭✭✭
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    That is way cool :cool:! Looks like APS has dumped their installs in as I see mine, JBurgess how about you?
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Nrel Open PV Project

    this thread i thought was good enough to sticky.8):D
  • SkiDoo55SkiDoo55 Solar Expert Posts: 414 ✭✭✭
    Re: Nrel Open PV Project

    Got my 4.6KW install but the map location shown is way across town from actual location, from CSI data. 08/12/10 install. Cool site watching the installs over time.
    GT3.8 w/4600W Trina 230W, TX5000 w/5000W ET-250W, XW4024 w/1500W ET-250W, 4 L16, 5500W Gen. (never had to use) Yet!!
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,142 ✭✭✭✭
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    Neat site, even for a Northern American...

    I found the "over Time; display very interesting in that the #2 hot spot is the eastern seaboard. I didn't know that there was that much more sunlight there vs central Oregon and Washington...

    From a non-American observers viewpoint, there was a sharp decline in activity in about 2009, what the drop tells me is that there must have been an end to subsidies in 2009 +-. Am I correct in this assumption or is it just a lack of data?

    Eric
     
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  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
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    sidenote to westbranch,
    technically anybody from north or south america is an american. the shortened application came to stick to those of u. s. citizenship just because it was too long to say a united states of american.:roll::p
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
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    The East had a lot of high profile - and expensive - solar subsidies going for a while, esp NY and a couple other states. There is one place there where you can look at the price per watt for installs that is interesting.

    Since 2009 most of the real growth has been in the sunbelt states, probably because the actual payback is much better, I think AZ went from # 14 to #3 in about 4 years.
  • solar_davesolar_dave Solar Expert Posts: 2,343 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Nrel Open PV Project
    Windsun wrote: »
    Since 2009 most of the real growth has been in the sunbelt states, probably because the actual payback is much better, I think AZ went from # 14 to #3 in about 4 years.

    APS had $3 a watt rebates in 2009 up to mid 2010, then they cut them back "to allow more people to get solar". In fact my 2.16Kw add was one of the last @ $3 a watt. :cool:

    However since then the price of an installed watt has dropped to under $5, and so the effect price remains about the same as 2009.
  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,964 ✭✭✭✭
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    So I started to create an Account ...

    Do I want to add to the community for better understanding among the Solar community,....

    ...or do I want to protect myself from a goverment who might use the info for possible taxing or other invasive uses...

    Nice thread though.
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
  • SlappySlappy Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    Photowit I with ya, glad mine is not listed also. A thief will love this site. it even gives the address and the persons name. for me it is no thanx, I have looked up my town, it has just one listed, and that is the higher learning building.
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,311 ✭✭✭✭
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    good point photowhit, but i don't think some would have a choice if their state or utility is allowing the nrel to have this information. the info does come from many sources and i doubt all of them will be listed. the actual address being given by the nrel may be a shaky thing to do as maybe only a zip code or something like that should be there for the owner's privacy and security.
  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 4,964 ✭✭✭✭
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    Sad they only have 6 in all of Missouri (the Show Me state) maybe I'll make up an address close by (or give then the Nuke plant address 2 miles away!) just to add to our numbers.
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
  • Peter_VPeter_V Solar Expert Posts: 226 ✭✭✭
    Re: Nrel Open PV Project
    westbranch wrote: »
    Neat site, even for a Northern American...

    I found the "over Time; display very interesting in that the #2 hot spot is the eastern seaboard. I didn't know that there was that much more sunlight there vs central Oregon and Washington...

    From a non-American observers viewpoint, there was a sharp decline in activity in about 2009, what the drop tells me is that there must have been an end to subsidies in 2009 +-. Am I correct in this assumption or is it just a lack of data?

    Eric

    There is something wrong with their database again.
    The "install over time" shows no activity anywhere after 2008 and that is when it started to sky rocket. It was either 2008 or 2009 when the feds lifted the cap on the tax rebate so you could get 30% rebate with no limit, so lots of people started doing installs after that.

    If you do a database search you'll find tons of installs in 2010 for example, but none of them are showing up in the installs over time display.
  • JburgessJburgess Solar Expert Posts: 130 ✭✭✭
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    solar_dave wrote: »
    That is way cool :cool:! Looks like APS has dumped their installs in as I see mine, JBurgess how about you?

    Nope, mines not in there.
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