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  • Jul 16, 2020

It sounds good, but does solar on local roofs really make more sense than new transmission lines?

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Matt Chester on Jul 16, 2020

In the words of the Internet's favorite taco shell commercial...

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 16, 2020

While cities need reliable electricity, they'll need transmission from a reliable provider.

In cities like Palo Alto, CA, where the median income is multiples of that in other American cities of similar size, where residents can afford to indulge in unnecessary, redundant, expensive renewable electricity, I say: go for it.

"Why don't we have both?" For me, I guess the simplest answer is that I don't live in Palo Alto.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Jul 16, 2020

Sure, it is good idea to adopt mini and micro grids concepts instead of conventional meshed interconnected network. Cost reduction is one  main benefit.


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Peter Key on Jul 21, 2020

In 2010, a big South Jersey logistics firm called NFI launched a division called NFI Solar to install solar power generation systems on warehouse roofs. I wrote about it for the Philadelphia Business Journal where I worked at the time. I think it only lasted a couple of years. I tried to get more information about it a few years after its launch but was unsuccessful.

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Matt Chester on Jul 21, 2020

I wonder if the economics in 2020 would be different enough than they were in 2010 to allow them to last longer were they to do it now?

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Peter Key on Jul 23, 2020

I was wondering the same thing. I'm still not sure why it didn't work in the first place. I'll try to track down the two people I talked to who were involved with it and see what they're up to.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Jul 23, 2020

That is great . Hope you will haveclear answers to share with us. Thanks. in advance.

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Peter Key on Jul 24, 2020

I'll share whatever I find.

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Peter Key on Aug 1, 2020

I reached out on LinkedIn to the person who was involved with NFI before co-founding the solar venture and haven't heard back from him. He's still with NFI, according to his LinkedIn profile. The other co-founder of the solar company now heads a cannabis company, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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