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WEL Networks investigates solar @$1.25 per watt

posted Mar 5, 2012, 7:48 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 7:48 PM ]
"WEL Networks Limited is investigating the economic viability of solar power stations after more than a year evaluating photovoltaic cells at its Hamilton offices.

The technology is the same as that used in solar-powered calculators which turn sunlight into electricity.

Julian Elder, chief executive of the electricity infrastructure provider, told the Waikato Times WEL Networks had researched similar overseas solar power schemes and was looking at the feasibility of replicating them in the Waikato.

It is too early to say how many solar power stations could be built, how big they could be and where they would stand, but Mike Duke, a senior engineering lecturer at Waikato University, said flat land or slightly tilted land would be ideal"

"In the past six months the cost of photovoltaic cells has fallen by about 80 per cent to about $1.25 a watt, causing WEL Networks to investigate construction"

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