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#504245 - 05/14/15 08:36 PM Solar Panels and Systems.  
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Since electricity is expensive here and sun is abundant, I expected to see more of a Solar Industry here.. Ok; imported from the mainland and not based here. Why is this not a blossoming industry on the island?


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#504268 - 05/15/15 12:14 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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Shyboy I think lack of understanding and too few elections that know how to do installations. Having observed my installation two neighbors immediately wanted theirs. One already has his in.


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#504296 - 05/16/15 05:51 AM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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I have recently installed photovoltaic panels with microinverters here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I just can't imagine this not being a great thing on the island. My two main concerns would be expertise of local electricians and the corrosiveness of the atmosphere. Plus I wonder if you could get the good quality cells down there without paying a huge custom fee. If the people running BEL had any brains, and I stipulate that they don't, then they would get into this business and sell the installations and have them supplement the power being purchased from Mexico. It would be a win-win all the way around and for that reason it obviously won't be done.

I'd be interested Scuba Lady in knowing how your installation holds up and whether or not you have batteries in your system.

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#504305 - 05/16/15 12:44 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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Harriette - Where did you buy your system and who did your install? I am currently looking into this for our home.



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#504309 - 05/16/15 07:21 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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I think the outfit is called North Woods something or other in Colorado. I'll look it up and let you know. Installed by an USA educated electrical something or other (BA or BS degree). Nice gringo who has lived here some time.


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#504362 - 05/19/15 09:30 AM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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I was trying to find the card hence the delay. Solar Energy Solutions Belize just did an install on one of our boats, they were originally located on the island about 12 years ago but are now in Belmopan.

www.solar-energy-solutions-belize.com

#504365 - 05/19/15 02:24 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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Does BEL buy power from solar panel users? Do they do net metering? Seems to me that is a big question to answer because if you don't have to have batteries that makes it much more attractive.


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#504367 - 05/19/15 03:37 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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I have taken the liberty of contacting BEL by email and their website. I have asked for the best contact person to answer Solar questions. Maybe I will get a response: if not, I will call when I am there in June. I will also check into Simon's link above.


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#504370 - 05/19/15 04:14 PM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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I looked at Simon's link.. They will have all the answers.. I have contacted them and will follow up with more info. There was supposed to be direct grid hookup ( no batteries) by the end of 2014.. I'm guessing " not yet" but I will find out soon. Whether or not you buy their systems; it's a great place to start.


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#504373 - 05/20/15 04:54 AM Re: Solar Panels and Systems. [Re: Shyboy]  
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BEL does not buy back power.

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