● Community Solar with virtual net-metering is against the applicable laws in most jurisdictions which exclusively favor the utility corporations
● The solar choice for most renters at this time is to participate in utility owned solar projects
GismoPower™ is an enabling technology where rooftop and ground-mount solar do not fit. GismoPower integrates the functionality of a portable canopy on wheels, a high-power bifacial solar PV system and a powerful Class 2 EV-Charger. (US-Utility Patent App. 17326687, filed by Central Coast Patent Inc. Watsonville/CA).
No dedicated single-use real estate area is needed for GismoPower. Its portability and the integration of three functional components sets it apart from permanent canopy structures, ground-mount PV arrays and classic rooftop solar installations.
The secret sauce to GismoPower is its “Solar On Wheels™.” Heavy-duty caster wheels allow the individual racks to be elevated and wheeled around without major effort. The Inverter/EV-Charger can either be mounted to a close by wall or fixed to its own portable cart using an extension cord. Bad weather ahead? Simply lower the side panels and wheel it into the garage. The car still fits underneath.
The frames can optionally be anchored and bolted to asphalt or concrete surfaces. The solar panels pivot up when deployed, and are folded down when the unit is wheeled into a garage or shelter. Florida is notorious for its hurricanes, but look at what just happened with Hurricane Ida in New York & Connecticut and other high wind events in the rest of the nation. GismoPower will give its owners a chance to “unplug and store” beforehand, instead of “install and pray” during storm events.
GismoPower includes solar panel racks, solar panels and UL-1741 certified electronics which conform to the latest distributed generation rapid shutdown safety standards. Customers can choose to assemble the system components themselves, or employ an established solar installer company or a licensed electrician.
Unlike with roof-top solar systems or fixed solar carports, GismoPower allows convenient access to panels, module-based electronic components and wiring for trouble-shooting, maintenance and upgrades. A detailed assembly manual will be provided.
The first GismoPower prototype system contains 24 bifacial 375W Solar Panels and can deliver about 14,410KWh per year in SW-Florida. This means that one GismoPower system is powerful enough to generate the entire yearly electricity consumption of an average household in the Southern United States
One of GismoPower’s primary design goals is to create technology which pays for itself quickly, so the team has avoided costly battery backup technology for now. The present electric system was intentionally designed to operate “grid-tied,'' but it is of course possible to combine a GismoPower version with different electronic components to operate "off-grid," and this concept can be pursued in the future, funds permitting. The team understands that a version equipped with battery backup and V2X technologies would be especially helpful for disaster response or in remote locations without reliable electric grid connection.
The Florida Solar Energy Center has commenced the manual FSEC Standard 203-17 certification process and we will keep you posted on this website how our application evolves.
As of October 2021, the Building Official for Sarasota/Florida has received an application to install GismoPower at a private property and this website will be updated to inform everyone if the permit application will be granted or denied. It will be exciting to observe whether the official permitting authorities decide to support or hinder the introduction of this exciting mobile technology.
Florida Statute 163.04
Energy devices based on renewable resources.
(1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources is expressly prohibited.
(2) A deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement may not prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or binding agreement. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings and within the boundaries of a condominium unit. [..]
Tesla Roofs, which sell for $63K-$96K, certainly won’t get Power to the People. But even a standard rooftop solar system is considerably more expensive than a comparable GismoPower system; When combined with an EV-charger and a canopy or carport, the cost advantage almost doubles:
Average installation cost without taxes and incentives:
Carport (homeadvisor.com) $ 6,395
EV-Charger $ 3,000
Rooftop Solar System 9KW
$2.71/Watt (NREL 2021) $ 24,390
COMBINED TOTAL $ 33,785
TOTAL $ 18,746
According to the narrative promoted by the NRDC and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, around half of California's solar adopters are in the highest 20 percent of earners, while only 4 percent come from the lowest 20 percent. Substantially lowering costs for residential solar systems is a primary prerequisite to improving access to renewable solar power generation technologies for financially disadvantaged communities. GismoPower is a disruptive concept which has the potential to place significant solar generating power in the hands of lower and moderate income (LMI) customers, creating a seismic shift in demand-side, distributed solar energy generation.
A 2016 study by NREL identified 8,130 million square meters of suitable rooftop area for PV installations in the continental U.S, amounting to 2,008,966 acres, which could potentially supply up to 14.8% of the entire U.S. electric power consumption.
According to the UC Berkeley's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, there are about 3.4 parking spaces in the USA for each car, and many well-cited and informed guesstimates say there may be as many as 8 outdoor parking spaces per car. With about 250,000,000 cars in the US, and the assumption that only 2 parking spaces with 180 sqft per car would be suitable for solar installations, one arrives at a photovoltaic parking area potential of ~ 2,066,115 acres.
Using different data sources, one arrives at similar metrics for parking-space solar potential. As of September 2020, there were 213,300,000 single-family dwellings in the United States and 38,000,000 multifamily units. If 2 outdoor parking spaces with 180 sqft per housing unit were covered with solar panels, one could cover approximately 2,076,859 acres with solar panels.
Both estimation methods would arrive at slightly larger solar potential than the solar rooftop potential determined by NREL in 2016.
Without counting any commercial or institutional parking areas, the above numbers lead to the conclusion that driveways and parking spaces offer an underexploited solar generation potential, combined with an underserved market potential of ~250,000,000 suitable private residences x $18000 = $ 4,500,000,000,000.
According to Bill Nussey's book "Freeing Energy," The US has 3,797,000 square miles of land total, so only 0.5% of the total land mass would be needed to power the entire nation with solar energy. However, according to SEIA.org, the “Sunshine State” Florida covers an anemic 3.74% of the total electricity consumption with renewables in Q2 2021, which includes large utility scale solar farms owned by corporations like FPL and Duke.
The actual percentage of Florida's 3.74% solar electricity generation from demand side rooftop & ground-mount solar systems is almost negligible.
The passion for solar energy runs in the family. Our home has 66 rooftop photovoltaic solar panels and we officially run our entire home including all our EV's on solar electricity since 2017
Florida Power & Light enforces unfavorable policies which limit privately owned solar system installations to 115% of PAST usage and requires a system generating more than a theoretical maximum of 10KW to pay for an extraneous, unjustified liability insurance.
In 2019, the Gismo team made an attempt to fix this issue by filing a petition with the Public Service Commission against Florida Power and Light (FPL) who disincentivizes powerful residential solar systems.