Pete's Solar array
Belen, New Mexico
Saturday January 24, 2014

First posted
Sunday January 25, 2015 08:15
Thursday February 12, 2015 15:08

Pete's Cafe went solar.

Thursday February 12, 2015 15:08

Solar panel failure rate and assoicated maintence costs surfaced with Grape Solar employee Dennis questons.

Affordable Solar presumed replacement panel photographed today. Fifth from left.


Solar system maintenance costs may be issue?

Friday January 30, 2015 08:08

Solar panels fail.

Zomeworks buys failed panels to test its thermo/mechanical tracking system.

Affordable Solar appears to have replaced a panel on its building.

How much it cost to replace a panel on Pete's solar system. And how? 

Maintenance and decommissioning costs important issure.

Like decommissioning the Belen city hall stirling engines.
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Pete's Café (Roof) 31.5 kW

31.5/156 = 201.923.

200 W solar panels?

PNM wants to charge $6/mo/kW for solar connection.

Panel angle not optimum around winter soltice [yalda].

Saturday January 24, 2015 21:10

Solar panel conversation with cashier Saturday January 24, 2015.

Pete’s Café was recently awarded a grant of over $48,000 to partially fund a solar panel canopy through a USDA Rural Energy Grant. It will be the pri- mary source of electricity for the restaurant and celebrated with a ribbon cutting of the new solar structure. The total annual benefit of Pete’s Cafe system is $14,152. The average PNM monthly bill of $1,092.34 will now be a refund from PNM of $85.94. Affordable Solar, the contractor, stated that Pete’s Café will recover their investment within four years with the savings. Once again the Torres Family is a stellar example of great business practice in our community 

How many?


6 x 26? Count'em.
About 156 modular solar panels are mounted on top of a carport structure spanning
over 18 parking spaces in Pete’s parking lot. ....

Soon after, an Affordable Solar representative contacted Padilla to inform her about installing energy efficient equipment at the cafe, which is located on 105 N. Fourth St. in Belen. ...

Affordable Solar representatives reported Pete’s owners would see a four-year payback on the project. The Albuquerque-based company estimated Pete’s monthly utility bill will go from owing $1,100 to receiving a check from PNM for about $80 each month. ...

The solar system, which cost more than $190,000, was installed in less than three months.

To offset the installation cost of a renewable energy system, Pete’s Cafe received a $48,048 grant, or 25 percent of the total cost of installation, through the Rural Energy for America Program.

The program provides assistance to rural small businesses for installing renewable energy systems, making energy efficiency improvements and conducting energy audits or feasibility studies, according to the United State Department of Agriculture’s website. The program is administered by the USDA’s Rural Development’s Business Program. ...

On top of receiving a USDA grant, Padilla said they’ve applied for a federal tax grant, which may pay 30 percent of the remaining cost.
Battery backup to try to eliminate erratic solar power output?

Inside Pete's.

Real or liberal arts 'educated' open mouths/creative writing testimony?

Monday January 26, 2015 19:22

Dead Stiring dishes in Belen city hall parking lot.

Stirlings working ... before Infinia bankruptcy.

Infinia name disappeared.
Belen made a huge leap in its effort to become carbon neutral with the unveiling of three solar power dishes outside City Hall. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Belen Mayor Ronnie Torres were the honored guests at a ceremony hosted by solar developer Integrative Solar. "

I applaud the City of Belen for their efforts to 'Lead by Example,'" Governor Richardson said. "As Governor, I've made becoming a leader in energy innovation a priority for New Mexico and this project is a great example of what is possible when we work together."

The City of Belen, N.M., in partnership with Integrative Solar, LLC, installed three concentrated solar power (CSP) units at the Belen City Hall. The installation is the first step in a much larger 1.9 megawatt solar project to be completed once funding is secured.

Integrated Solar Design?

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