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      FEASIBILITY OF AN OFF-GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE FOR THE MERCANTILE SECTOR

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          Abstract

          Increased CO 2, a Greenhouse Gas (GhG), emission and its accumulation in the atmosphere is a major climatic concern, creating an urgent need to control its rate of growth with the goal to reduce or reverse the growth. Reduction is being attempted at macro scales (large GhG producers but relatively small in number), at mezzo levels (mercantile stores which are large in numbers and relatively large consumers in scale) and at micro scales (individual dwelling units which are very large in number but relatively small on a GhG producer scale). This research identifies the strategies and challenges of adopting an off-grid renewable energy source for the mercantile sector (retail) at the mezzo level. A theoretical model for an off-grid renewable energy source considering a parking lot of a retail outlet was developed. In future work, a proposed physical model should be able to test the assumptions and hypothesis of the theoretical model presented.

          The proposed hybrid system uses two or more alternative renewable energy sources. In the proposed system, solar energy is integrated with a local bio gas plant, which treats waste to produce electricity. The excess energy can be sold to grid using net metering or dual metering or sold to charge plug-in vehicles to earn revenue. The renewable energy produced reduces the grid load on public utilities, thereby reducing the amount of CO 2 emissions from the grid providers, thus bridging the current grid dependent system and a grid-independent (off grid, or net zero) goal.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Winter 2010
                : 5
                : 1
                : 71-87
                Author notes

                1Vaibhav Malhotra, vaibhav@ 123456neo.tamu.edu , Texas A&M University, Department of Construction Science, www.tamu.edu.

                2Prof. José L. Fernández Solís, jsolis@ 123456archmail.tamu.edu , Texas A&M University, Department of Construction Science, www.tamu.edu.

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                jgb.5.1.71
                10.3992/jgb.5.1.71
                ©2010 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 19
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