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Letter: Solar Panels Continued

Theodore Thoeodorsen’s response to Paul Drenzner’s June 17 letter was tragically what many believe to be the current state of solar development in today’s modern world. It is also wrong.

Photo voltaic solar panels collect energy whenever light is available, thus they generate energy on sunless days, even in rainstorms. Secondly, solar inverter systems return generated electricity back to the local electrical grid, in our case LIPA. At night, if a home requires energy, the inverter allows the grid network to send electricity back to the homeowner. Imagine an electrically controlled “seesaw” if you will. In short, if a homeowner produces more energy then he needs, at the end of the year, if more energy was sent back to the grid than used, the homeowner is paid for that electricity his solar system delivered to LIPA.

Depending on the size of one’s system, solar experts generally agree that a homeowner will recoup their total cost of their solar system in 3 to 5 years. A personal nuclear reactor is actually much more expensive, and I believe, requires permits. 

David Paterson