Installing Solar (PV) – with Chris Freear

Getting electricity for free is an enticing prospect! Photovoltaics (PV) is the method of generating our electricity by converting solar radiation into direct electrical current. Now that the price of PV panels has come down significantly, more of us, even in southerly Dunedin, are seriously considering generating our own electricity, for both economic as well as environmental reasons.

My guest, Chris Freear, is the perfect person to chat about this issue. Chris came to Dunedin from Christchurch in 2011. He has worked in the energy industry all of his working career in a variety of areas – including wind generation,  household energy advice, and assistance to the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust. Currently, he is working for SolarCity,  a PV manufacturing and retail company, who sell both thermal systems (for solar hot water) and photovoltaic systems (for electricity generation).

In our radio show, Chris and I chat about the differences between PV and thermal solar, as well as on-grid, off-grid and hybrid options for PV. We discuss the suitability of PV in our southerly latitude, how we can determine if PV is a viable option for our home, and the steps we need to take before installing. In addition, Chris tells me some of the things to look for  when selecting a durable high quality PV panel.

To listen to Installing Photovoltaics – with Chris Freear please contact Maureen on ecolivinginaction@gmail.com

This programme was originally broadcast on 8th August 2013 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM

Chris Freear - enjoying the free energy of the sun!

Chris Freear – enjoying the free energy of the sun!

Installing PV panels on a North facing corrugated iron roof.

Installing PV panels on a North facing corrugated iron roof.

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