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Jacob Arroyos

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Using solar electricity more efficiently and effectively.

Living in Arizona, we have an abundent resource of sun. It shines down on us over 300 days a year, and for some reason companies still don't offer solar power at a price that is fair to their customers. I understand that solar panels are fairly expensive, but there has to be a way companies and the government could find the funds for sustainable electricity.

An idea that I have thought about is having apartments install solar panels on their property. Instead of having the electricity bill vary from month to month, the apartment complex will figure our the monthly price for each size of apartment (1 bed, 2 bed, etc.) and then just include that into their bill for their monthly rent (just like they do fro trash and sewer). I believe this is a great idea for complexes to take advantage of and could potentially provide a profit after a few years.

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  • Nov 19 2012: I like your idea. I think it can be enhanced with new technology. I had the pleasure of watching a TED talk about clear solar panels. You could put solar panels on the roof and install the windows and get even more energy from the sun. Furthermore, I think that you could easily have them install solar water heaters
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      Nov 19 2012: Michael and Jacob,
      Speaking about apartments, water heaters, etc., reminds me of what I saw EVERYWHERE on the tops of most apartment buildings in Cairo.....

      http://egyptsolar.net/en/solar-hot-water-systems/solar-heaters/140-solar-water-heater-360-literday

      I also like your idea Jacob, of how to incorporate solar into the apartment situation:>) I used to own apartments, and one facility was designed with a solar vestibule, to use the energy of the sun. Lots of apartment dwellers thought it was "too bright" in their apartment when they were watching TV all day, so the shades in the solar vestibule (which were there to close on a cold winter night) were closed when the sun was shining!!!

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