53,097.68 KWh based on $14,000 month and roughly cost per KWh at twice my residential rate as described originally
That equates to approx 1,769KWh/day (30 days) avg, which indicates an average rate of use at 73.75KW

Soo... claimed output of this system based on covering 20% of energy requirements comes out to 14.75KW (1/5th of the 73.75KW consumption figure)

This, of course, is 7.4~8.4% of your estimate of 175-200KW output for the system. It becomes 5.6% if we go off the 262KW number.

This makes thing look even more shady.

So another question I would have anyways: How do they average 53KWh of energy usage a month, even in the summer? My largest this summer was 1114KWh with the AC blasting all the time just to keep things somewhat comfortable. That's 47.6x the energy consumption for a township hall? Are they running a damn data-center in there?

Someone should FOIA the numbers so I can run them.

Because one of these must be true:

- He (the township manager) is wrong about energy consumption of $14,000/month

- Their energy costs are a hell of a lot higher than I'm taking into account (which as a reminder is double my rate of approx. $0.1318325/KWh)

- He is wrong about how much this system actually contributes (it's not quite 20%).

- I am correct in my original assessment.

Also, as for solar panels, what's the efficiency nowdays? 20%?

Going on an estimate of 1.4KW/m^2 of solar energy at the surface (that's just a quick estimate based on what I could get from a few clicks around google), actual production is roughly 0.280KW/m^2, and that would be for direct sunlight. Cloud things up and it would be less.

Each of the panels, from the photo, I estimate to be maybe 3m*1.5m based on a turbine length of 30ft (rounding to 10m). Roughly comes out to 4.5m^2, maybe a bit more due to me rounding down, but going on even say 5m^2, you're only gonna get 1.4KW/panel. Multiplied by 5 panels and yeah, you're gonna get 7KW in nice direct sunlight. Call it 8 hours of that and you'll get 56KWh.

I'm still not seeing the numbers adding up, and then whats teh cost of the solar panels.