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Reply with quote  #11 
Originally Posted by colinmcc
The generating area is the area of incident sunshine swept by the panels and has nothing to do with the ground area the 'tree' occupies.

That wasn't cleared in the news, it's a matter of confusion.

Rick H Parker

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Reply with quote  #12 
Take a look at the picture that accompanies the article.

Yes do look at that picture, arranging the solar panels round the pole in a Fibonacci sequence is quackery that has been disproved.

Rick H Parker
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Reply with quote  #13 
With the panels in those positions and facing in apparently random directions as in the photo, there's going to be a lot of shading and less-than-favorable orientation, making for a very inefficient system. A conventional pole mounted tracking array as colinmcc pictured would be much more productive, and probably cleaper to build.

Also, with any array, unless it's high enough that you can use the space under it for another purpose (housing, parking, etc), you haven't "saved" any "land". Might as well put them on the ground, it would cost less.

Solar is like the wind. It may be free, but putting it to work isn't!
Willie, Tampa Bay

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In short, the whole news article is misleading.
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