Austin Church Improves Solar Power Effectiveness By Lowering Consumption

full of energyImproving the efficiency of solar energy production has been on the lips of everyone who works at or attends Saint David’s Episcopal Church.  The church has a large facility that takes up a city block.  The church even has a parking garage that gets a great deal of direct sunlight.  However, the sunlight that the church gets is actually too much to use.

Therefore, the church went about changing the goals of their project.  Systems are actually designed to produce power, but that power is lost if it is not used immediately.  In fact, the system cannot send power back into the power grid.  When power is sent back into the whole power grid, the solar system trips and shuts off.

Together with Meridian Power, the church is working on a project to reduce their solar capacity so that the church only produces what it needs.  This new approach to solar power could change how people view solar power and how solar power panels are installed in the future.

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