SpaceX is going solar with Elon Musk’s other company, SolarCity


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Rocket startup SpaceX is looking to build a small solar panel farm near its vertical launch site at Boca Chica Beach in Texas, working with solar company SolarCity, according to a local newspaper. Elon Musk is the chairman of SolarCity and also the CEO of SpaceX. SpaceX subsidiary Dogleg Park filed an application with Cameron County to put the solar panels on up to 6.5 acres of land in the area of the launch control center and near a security guard booth.


Gerald McClain

Elon Musk must be installing ground loops under his solar panel farm at SpaceX first before installing solar panels on top of the ground. Only by using ground source heat pumps can he double the amount of energy using solar panels. Or in other words he could use half the 6.5 acres if he first installed ground loops to harvest the free energy under the ground and then installed half the number of solar panels. Elon Musk is very smart and will get every bit of energy out of the space. With the combination of solar and geothermal systems half the number of storage batteries would be needed giving him additional savings. The earth is like a gigantic storage batter that has energy at about 60 degrees rather than 110 degrees outside. Summer time you store the heat energy in the ground and winter time you take the heat energy out to heat your building. Ground source heat pumps not only heat your building in the winter but also cool the building in the summer time plus you get free hot water from the system.

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