Solar Energy in Guam

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When you live on a tropical island near the equator, solar energy seems like it should be the primary source of energy rather than “alternative” energy.  When we bought a house, the first project my husband dove into was installing solar panels.  We use electricity for lights, air conditioning, household appliances, hot water, pool filtration system, charging my electric car, and other daily tasks.

Power provided from Guam Power Authority is very expensive.  Without solar panels, we would be paying approximately $600-700 per month for our power bill.  With solar panels, we produce enough energy to earn a credit from the power company.  At the end of 2019, Guam Power Authority actually cut us a check in the amount of $574.34 for all the extra power we had fed back to them during the year.

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2 comments

  1. I am a firm believer in renewable energy. Solar energy is quite abundant and if used properly, can solve most, if not all, of the world’s energy needs. The trouble with solar is that it requires an extensive system of batteries (which adds to costs) and the erratic nature of solar power (good luck when it’s cloudy).
    It’s always wise to use a renewable storage facility in the form of Hydrogen, combined with solar. The excess solar power can be used to generate H2 which can later be used in fuel cells to give power when sunlight is not that abundant.
    Great work though Madam.. 🙂 Liked the way Guam is trying to harness renewable power..!!

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I’m not familiar with hydrogen energy. Fortunately, here in Guam, we get about 12 hours of sunlight almost everyday of the year, so solar has been working pretty very well for us.

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