One of the things I can't understand about Florida is how so much of this sunshine goes to waste. Why aren't there solar panels on almost every roof? Okay, solar electric used to be a bit pricey, but what about hot water heating? Something as simple as a primitive batch water heater could provide most hot water needs. Payback time would be measured in months. A home handy person, using some salvaged materials, could get their investment back the first month.
I make solar electric work in northern NH. Snow has to be cleared off the panels to harvest every watt. Battery banks have to be protected from freezing.
Solar water heating up north? I've got a batch water heater. It works for about 3 months of the year. The rest of the time, my water gets a thermal boost from a coil on the woodstove.
Solar works for me, but it takes planning and a bit of effort. Down here in Florida, there's so much sun and warmth that even a less than optimum installation is worth doing.
It's pretty much a truism that solar power isn't worth mounting on electric cars. The vehicles are too heavy and the space for mounting panels is too limited. Most days, I drive around here in an electric golf cart. Golf carts don't weight that much. Speed is limited, sipping electric power. There's enough roof space on them to install sufficient panels to make it worth while, at least for most distances traveled.
Don't even get me started on windows that don't open and the reliance on air conditioning.
Just hate to see a renewable resource going to waste.
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