Today there was a meeting for those interested in solar energy over at the Tanana Valley fair grounds. There were folks present such as private vendors and state government employees. The presentations were informative and helped several folks hear various views on the factors about solar, as well as what types of financial assistance are available.
After the event the solar visual tour took place (of course, it was a rainy and cloudy day; yet that does not preclude a homeowner from collecting solar radiation toward electricity on PV panels -which convert the solar radiation to electricity). There was discussion during the instructional sessions of how reflection from the snow could add to output. Also the point was brought up that PV panels are now cheap enough that it is more cost effective to buy additional panels to put on an array rather than investing in trackers that follow the sun.
One good starting place, it was mentioned, to get beginning information on solar and to educate oneself on the concepts and verbiage (which can then be taken to vendors) is the new revision of the Alaska solar manual which is free for downloading at the Cooperative Extension or Alaska Center for Energy and Power website, —-AN—–