Why solar-powered A/Cs make perfect sense

Blackout

Blackout

This is going to be a short post, because the idea is simple.

It is obvious that under extraordinary circumstance, e.g. a hurricane, entire power grids could go dark for hours, days, weeks, even months, when the only ACs left running the whole time would be those on solar power and/or wind power.

Daytime blackout

Daytime blackout

Under ordinary circumstances including the average hot summer day, peak-hour demand could cause city-wide blackouts, just when the mercury goes the highest. Not only would the off-grid solar powered A/Cs and solar generators keep on working but keep on working at peak efficiency during the hottest part of the day – exactly as should be. A more beautiful coupling between two separate technologies is hard to find.

 

Solar-powered A/C

Solar-powered A/C

So, how much does one such solar-powered air conditioning system cost? There are several integrated systems on the market priced in the mid-$2,000 range. Having checkout the components, I could probably put together a well-matched set for you for $1,500 or so. You even have a choice between wall-mounted A/Cs or portable A/Cs.

Anthony Marr

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Why solar-powered A/Cs make perfect sense”

  1. I had no idea they made a solar powered AC unit. The price may be discouraging for some but when you understand that it’s an investment and will last many years than it maybe worth it. How long do they last?

    1. Hi Candice,

      Thank you for the comment. Most people with solar and wind do look at them as investment, a matter of amortizing the outlay over the lifetime of the machine. It is a 1 kilowatt appliance, about the same as a microwave, so the savings would be substantial in the long run. I have to check on the life-expectancy of the set up, but it would be that of any well built A/C. The solar components won’t wear out, since there are no moving parts. Thanks again for the comment.

      Anthony

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