by Jeff Harrop
This tag is for articles about solar stuff in Nova Scotia, usually written by our members.
All sites are not created equal. While the full benefits of passive solar can only be gained with an unobstructed southern exposure, many sites offer less. Of course, solar is only one consideration, and not necessarily the most important. To get the most out of it, you will have to plan your site.
In 2014, several Saint Mary's University Business students did a study on the needs of Solar Nova Scotia members and potential members.
This objective was addressed by gathering, consolidating and presenting input from members and interested parties, then gathering ideas and gaining commitments to action. These were achieved by using a digital survey followed by an in person presentation and workshop.
By Jeff Harrop
Ground is the earth and where voltages over 50 volts must be referenced from. This includes DC (Direct Current) and AC (alternating current) voltages. In order to do this we have a connection to the earth for each power system installed on a premise. It can be a set of driven rods, a plate, the copper water piping system, or a well casing.
The photovoltaic panels have lethal potential voltages and therefore must be bonded to the grounding system to protect people from live voltages from energizing the metal framework of the panels.
By Nova Scotia energy professional and longtime Solar Nova Scotia Member Shawna Henderson:
OK, the time has come to debunk this. People are going to die. They will be cold, asphyxiated or burned to death.
On May 15, 2015, the largest ever photovoltaic system in Nova Scotia was commissioned as part of a Sydney home.
This system will generate up to 23,000 kWh of power annually - enough to supply almost all of the home's needs.