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In Burbank Solar Panels Get More Technical

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Being in California means you get to enjoy that sunny lifestyle almost on a daily basis. So, using solar energy as a way to power your home or office seems like a no-brainer, but many people still don’t utilize the natural source of power for one reason or another. In an effort to make the practice more popular in Burbank, solar panels are getting tested by certain families in an upcoming project. These panels are very technical and will relay information back to the study leaders on the family’s energy consumption and practices.

It sounds a lot more complicated that it really is, probably. The Burbank Water and Power Plant was chosen to get this study by the California Energy Commission. Officials were already working on doing a study in Burbank on solar panels, but the commission added some dollars to further promote the project. It will study energy usage at certain points during the day.

This is how it is set up in a nutshell. There were 700 households across the city of Burbank with solar panels chosen to participate in the solar panels project. These houses contain or will contain the new, smarter designed solar panels that will relay information to the CEC office. The people within the household do not need to do anything special in order to participate.

The solar panels simply take in the sun’s energy, run the appliances or get stored in the new high-tech grids. The grids are the pieces of the study that have to do the most work. These grids will relay information such as peak usage for that household, if it can keep up with demand during that peak and when the grid stores the most energy.

All of the grids from the 700 households in Burbank with solar panels will relay information in to the study officials, who can then compare data. They claim that this information can help them better divert power and store power. Their hope is to be able to store more power on the grids for peak hours and ultimately reduce usage by the general public overall.

Now, it sounds straightforward, but there is an expense involved. The solar panels are still an upfront investment. This study and the 700 people who volunteered got money from a Federal grant to install the solar panels. Until the government can pay for every house to have the solar panels, they might not be as widely used as they should be.

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