Ken W2KB wrote:
Rodney Fisk wrote:To clarify, the proposed service would replace NJ Transit as operator of the (former PRR) Princeton Branch, convert it to light rail using the same catenary system, but 100% solar powered; extend tracks to Nassau Street with the LRV operating on power stored in ultracapacitors. Both the railcar body and new station in town would be designed by a noted local designer/architect. There would be no cost to municipalities or the state; all funding would be federal, with the required local match provided in-kind by the university's transit-related improvements to its new arts campus.
Why is it proposed to be solar powered? That results in a cost for energy that is in the order of magnitude of ten times the cost of conventional sources of electric energy when all costs are taken into account?
I'd love to hear the reply from the man himself- but I'll take a vote that it's for politics and marketing.
But as to ten times- is that accurate over the life of solar at this juncture? I was under the impression (certainly could be wrong) that the break even on solar installations is around 15 years +/-5 years at this point (at least in NJ with subsides, rebates, selling srecs and the like).
the installs are everywhere en mass- why are people/businesses/governments doing them if they cost more?
I live in Flemington area- traveling from here to the Raritan train station one passes several larger obvious installations at:
- Branchburg Municipal building (I believe part of a larger project composed of municipal, board of ed, and county government locations)
-Ortho Clinical Diagnostics- big old "front lawn" install
-Janssen Pharmaceuticals- parking lots, rooftops, and solar tracking ground
-J&J ITS - parking lots
- and recently Roche got approval on an 8.3 megawatt install that they figure will save them 7 million dollars over 15 years.
http://www.nj.com/messenger-gazette/ind ... board.html
Why would all those exist if it costs the power user 10x as much?
residential customers can even sign up for alternate suppliers that use renewables in their basket and their rates are at least in the ballpark and not 10x more.
It's maybe not a deal at all to the utility companies (having to buy all the srecs to meet goals and all) - but for the consumers of the power it's a winner in NJ- no?