If I Were the Energy King: Buildings
- Jul 28, 2021 12:28 pm GMT
This article is the first of four, covering what I would do (these are my personal opinions, not anyone else’s) if I had control of the energy industry. These are designed to provoke discussion and thinking, not to dig in on a position. My position can be changed on any of these topics with enough data.
This article covers buildings, one of the largest users of energy. The format is the actual “rule” I would put in place, followed by my reasoning for making the rule. Please enjoy, think and thoughtfully respond to these articles.
1. I would require two kilowatts of solar on every residential unit no matter how old. If a building had 10 apartments, it would have 20KW, but no more. Why 2 kW per residence? Because almost all the power that amount of solar PV can produce would be consumed on site. It is the lowest cost configuration for universal deployment that creates meaningful amounts of power but should not cause massive power quality issues. That amount of PV would not need storage and would not produce massive exports to the local grid. I would fold the cost of the PV into each unit’s utility bills over a 20-year period and assign monitoring and operation of the PV system to the local utility.
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