|Affordable Solar-Powered Air Conditioner in a Neat Little Package is Finally Here|
Kingtec has developed affordable solar-powered air conditioning in a relatively neat package.
Here are some of the key details:
Why Solar Panels Are Not Integrated Directly into A/C Units
Home solar power systems tend to cost $7 per watt in the United States (without tax credits), and around half of that cost is installation alone — this is because you have to hire contractors to set up the electronics such as the batteries, panels, etc. by hand.
However, for situations where it works, there are some big advantages.
The second benefit: Solar panels tend to generate more electricity at the same time that air conditioner power consumption increases. The fluctuating power consumption of air conditioners (caused by weather variation) is a problem for the electricity grid because power plants are not able to adjust their power production quickly enough to meet power demand spikes.
Cutting Your A/C Use
One of the greatest conservation tips of all is to use less energy (not reduce your standard of living, just turn things off when you aren’t using them — you don’t have to use them less to conserve energy), then go about obtaining energy from more sustainable sources, in general.
Source: GO MEDIA: Written by NICHOLAS BROWN - Source: TreeHugger - Photo Credit: Kingtec Solar