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Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Background
2.1 History of the Church
2.2 Solar Technology
2.2.1 The History of Solar Power
2.2.2 How Solar Power Works
Figure 1: P-N Junction6
Figure 2: Solar Panel Construction and Implementation8
2.2.3 Different Types of Photovoltaic Panels
Figure 4: Mono-Crystalline Solar Cells
Figure 6: String Ribbon Manufacturing Process12
Figure 7: Thin-film Composition
2.3 Regulations and Installation
2.3.1 How Solar Panels are Installed
2.3.2 Regulations on a Solar Power System
2.4 Economics
2.4.1 Incentives Available to System Buyers
Table 1: MTC Rebates
2.4.2 Factors in Determining Economic Feasibility
2.5 Similar Case Studies
2.5.1 Holy Name Wind Power Feasibility Study
2.5.2 Solar Feasibility Study of a Learning Center at WPI
2.5.3 Janssen Ortho LLC Solar Power Feasibility Study
3. Methodology
3.1 Site Analysis
3.1.1 Meteorological Analysis
3.1.2 Layout of Roof Space
3.1.3 Energy Usage
3.1.4 The Installation Process
3.2 Analysis of Solar Panels and Systems
Table 2: Solar Panel Criteria
3.3 Solar Panel Placement
3.4 Economic Feasibility of the Systems
3.5 Social Implications
4. Site Analysis
4.1 Location of the Church
4.2 Meteorological Analysis
4.3 Layout of Roof Space
4.4 Energy Usage
Figure 10: Wesley United Methodist Church’s Electricity Consumption
Figure 11: Power Consumption vs. Energy Production of a 20 kW System
4.5 The Installation Process
5. Possible Solar Panels and Inverters
5.1 Solar panels
Table 3: Potential Solar Panels
5.2 Inverter Choice
Table 4: Potential Inverters
6. Economic Context
Figure 12: A screenshot of the economics spreadsheet
Figure 15: The year to year percent change in the Consumer Price Index
Figure 16: The amount of money required to have the same value as $10 in 1914
7. Scenarios
7.1 Assumptions and Selection of Solar Panels
7.2 Scenario 1: Small System Size:
7.4 Scenario 3: Maximum System Size:
Figure 21: 25kW System Energy Production
Figure 22: 25kW System Cash Flow
7.5 Scenario 4: Maximum System Size with Volunteer installation:
Figure 23: 25kW System Energy Production
Figure 24: 25kW System Cash Flow with Volunteer Installation
7.6 Assessment:
7.7 Sensitivity Analysis
Figure 25: Futuristic 25kW System Cash Flow
Figure 26: The Effect of Waiting 5 Years
8. Social and Environmental Impact
8.1 Effects on Carbon Footprint
8.2 Environmental Stewardship
8.3 Informational Brochure
Informational Brochure
8.4 Survey
9. Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix A: Solar Panel Tilt Analysis
Appendix B: Recommended Bidding Process
Appendix C: Site Dimensions
Appendix D: Morning Shade
Appendix E: Afternoon Shade
Appendix F: Shading with Raised Panels
Appendix G: Meetings and Correspondence
Meeting with Tom Sikina on December 5, 2008:
Correspondence with solar panel installers:
Appendix H: Solar panel installers
Appendix I: Future Solar Panel Costs
Figure 27: Graph showing the falling cost of PV installations in Japan. 49
Appendix J: Scale Model
Appendix K: Site Pictures
Appendix L: Simplified Economic Spreadsheet
Appendix M: Informational Brochure
Appendix N: Survey
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Feasibility Report

Feasibility Report

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