Nexteer Goes Green With Solar Panel Array 3-17-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Nexteer Goes Green With Solar Panel Array 3-17-2011

Nexteer Automotive has become the latest local business to hop on the green bandwagon.
The Saginaw County auto company installed a 4-kilowatt solar panel array at its Saginaw location Thursday.
Nexteer said the solar array will help power its vehicle test track and adjacent facilities.
The panel is composed of 12 SunPower solar cells and coupled with a multiaxis solar tracking system. That system will track the position of the sun daily from east to west as well as adjust for seasonal changes in the sun's height on the horizon. Nexteer said this can increase panel yields by 40 percent compared to a fixed system.
The amount of energy the panel can produce is enough electricity to power two typical households.

As far as the cost of the system Nexteer installed, SunPower says on its web site that, "In general, the cost [for a home] is about $8000 - $10,000 per kilowatt (kW). So a 2500 sq. ft. home with moderate electricity usage (an electric bill of about $150 per month) could require a 4kW system. This would cost about $30,000 to $40,000 before state and federal rebates – and $15,000 to $20,000 after rebates."

TV5 wants to know what role do you think solar energy will play in our future? Here's what some Facebook friends are saying right now:
Gabe writes: "A very important one. Un-ending supply of energy from the only endless supplier -- the sun. It will be better and better as time progresses. It's a great thing."
But Randy says: "They tried this in the 70's. Michigan is the wrong state for this. We don't get enough sunny days."
And Roy says: "A very large one. Seriously. Probably about 1000 times the amount of petroleum-based energy."
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