We Need to Talk About Michael Moore’s Documentary

 

Michael Moore Documentary Solar

So let’s talk about Michael Moore’s latest documentary ‘Planet of the Humans’. It explores the environmental footprint of renewable technologies (such as solar, wind and biomass) with the overall argument that the green movement has sold out to corporate interests. It is a provocative and compelling documentary.

Here at Solar Market, our schtick is getting you 3 solar quotes to compare, to ensure you get the best deal. We have and will always pride ourselves on giving you as much quality unbiased information as possible before you make any decisions.

With this in mind, we highly recommend you watch this documentary as it provides an interesting and powerful argument on the renewable energy industry. Sticking to our main schtick, we recommend you investigate the key points in the arguments Moore presents. We believe that we all deserve quality unbiased information and listening to just one documentary and perspective will not provide you with an accurate overall picture.

Majority of the public commentary on this documentary is from climate change activists, climate change deniers, politicians, renewable energy companies and media figures – who all naturally have biased perspectives based on their own agendas. We will not be adding to the pile of biased perspectives, because that does not help our customers!

Instead, there is one thing we will talk about. The documentary investigates solar power and has a segment where they discuss the panels used on a 60 panel solar farm. These panels run at 8% efficiency according to their manager. It felt like the documentary was implying that solar cells are not very efficient. Currently, solar cell efficiency is at around 20%, which is high enough to reduce an average household’s power bills by up to 80%. This is larger than the documentary implies and makes a huge difference to your power bill.

Renewable energy is necessary for the future. This documentary highlights that consumers must demand more transparency from those who create renewable energies. So remember, do your research, but investing in solar panels for your home is still a good idea.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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