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Forum: Solar Power 11-04-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By where2
The merit to the services offered is like...

The merit to the services offered is like anything else: what's your time worth? Plenty of places offer PV permit package services, including Renvu where I ordered my last panels. From my point of...
Forum: Solar Power 11-03-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By where2
Basically, yes IMHO, it really does boil down to...

Basically, yes IMHO, it really does boil down to price, # of cells, and wattage. My poly's have been collecting sunshine for 6+ years. I think the last pallet of panels I bought are mono's.
...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 261
Posted By where2
Codes have a purpose in life, it's to keep your...

Codes have a purpose in life, it's to keep your neighbor from torching their house because they DON'T know enough about electricity to make sound decisions.

A three line diagram is literally what...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By where2
Most important insight I can offer is to know...

Most important insight I can offer is to know what state limitations exist, if any. In FL, we have a limited list of panels that have been "state certified" for use in creating a "state certified...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 01:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 261
Posted By where2
I've permitted a DIY system in FL. It is NOT an...

I've permitted a DIY system in FL. It is NOT an impossible task. My 4.4kW install passed inspection with flying colors. I'm about to draw 3-line diagrams for permits up for a second DIY system. If...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By where2
When plugging things back in, keep track of the...

When plugging things back in, keep track of the arrow on the inverter plug and the arrow on the trunk cable connector. The arrows need to point at each other when you're making the plug connection....
Forum: Solar Power 10-30-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By where2
Have you priced a replacement M215? Get an M250...

Have you priced a replacement M215? Get an M250 if you can't find the M215s.

One bad inverter won't shut down two arrays. One bad microinverter shuts down one panel. Explain how your multiple...
Forum: Solar Power 10-25-19, 11:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By where2
If you had them attached where an Enphase Envoy...

If you had them attached where an Enphase Envoy can hear them and the envoy could see the internet, then you just pick up the phone and talk to the folks at Enphase. That was all the troubleshooting...
Forum: Solar Power 10-09-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,663
Posted By where2
I'm amazed you managed to get the idle usage down...

I'm amazed you managed to get the idle usage down to a mere 80W... If I can get mine under 500W, I feel like I've accomplished a lot!!
Forum: Solar Power 09-15-19, 12:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,318
Posted By where2
I've got parts that came from CivicSolar, parts...

I've got parts that came from CivicSolar, parts that came from Renvu, parts that came from SunElec (in Miami), and some other places. My last major order came from Renvu, and I hope they fired the...
Forum: Conservation 09-14-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,162
Posted By where2
Speaking of automakers investing billions on...

Speaking of automakers investing billions on EV's, I got envious of Ben, Randen, Pinball and all the other Ecorenovators who have EV's, so I just bought my own first EV... VW was throwing heavy...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-20-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By where2
Doesn't look like much more lint than the regular...

Doesn't look like much more lint than the regular electric clothes dryer collects in 5-8 years usage. Unfortunately, by design, the heat pump system requires cooling fins that become clogged when the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-13-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By where2
If what you are searching for is what was...

If what you are searching for is what was described above, it is commonly referred to as the "Back Sheet".

NiHaoMike: some back sheets are black. The last Canadian Solar modules I ordered are...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 07-04-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,970
Posted By where2
Pinball, Thanks again for starting this thread...

Pinball, Thanks again for starting this thread years ago. :thumbup: After my father passed away last year, I picked up an ObiHai200, borrowed an old unlocked cell from a friend and ported dad's phone...
Forum: Solar Power 06-01-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By where2
A 12V PV panel seems to typically be around 36...

A 12V PV panel seems to typically be around 36 cells. If you parallel them, that's 72 cells. There are 72 cell grid tie microinverters out there, such as the Enphase M-250. With a combined wattage of...
Forum: Solar Power 04-06-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,318
Posted By where2
My 220W panels manufactured by the bankrupt...

My 220W panels manufactured by the bankrupt company: Evergreen generated 19.3kWh today. (panels were installed in 2013) Evergreen may have gone belly up, put their product still works 6+ years after...
Forum: Solar Power 02-08-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,457
Posted By where2
It'll be DIY, totally!! Growing up with him, and...

It'll be DIY, totally!! Growing up with him, and learning from his dad is part of the reason I'm so handy with tools. :thumbup: His house was carpentry 101, engine mechanics 101, auto body 101, and...
Forum: Solar Power 02-08-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,457
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW system December data: 2018: 397 kWh ...

My 4.4kW system December data:
2018: 397 kWh
2017: 442 kWh
2016: 377 kWh
2015: 322 kWh
2014: 422 kWh
2013: 359 kWh

2018 Annual output= 5,860kWh
2017 Annual output= 5,960kWh
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-01-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,033
Posted By where2
Certainly, the photos from a 5MP Raspberry Pi...

Certainly, the photos from a 5MP Raspberry Pi camera aimed at a nest should be quite impressive!!

For those without such high skills in electronics and Linux, a Loosafe 1080P outdoor wifi camera...
Forum: Solar Power 01-29-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By where2
That's an amorphous solar panel. Techniques used...

That's an amorphous solar panel. Techniques used are a bit different than a silicon wafer panel. My experience is with buss leads in a wafer which went well with a soldering gun.

Here's some...
Forum: Tools 12-27-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,151
Posted By where2
Any of these tips work for what you've got? ...

Any of these tips work for what you've got?
Solder Stations | MPJA.COM (http://www.mpja.com/Solder-Stations/departments/480/)
Forum: Solar Power 12-06-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,888
Posted By where2
Great News!! I always love to hear positive...

Great News!! I always love to hear positive updates on DIY PV arrays. :)
Forum: Solar Power 12-06-18, 07:32 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,457
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW array: November 2018 = 412kWh ...

My 4.4kW array:
November 2018 = 412kWh
November 2017 = 448kWh
November 2016 = 423kWh
November 2015 = 415kWh (yes, the same as 2014 within 0.3kWh)
November 2014 = 415kWh
November 2013 = 368kWh
...
Forum: Solar Power 11-24-18, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By where2
Thanks for the suggestions Pinball. Occasionally,...

Thanks for the suggestions Pinball. Occasionally, it's NOT the fault of an Enphase microinverter.

In my case the microinverter was reading exactly what it was seeing. When I disconnected the MC4...
Forum: Solar Power 11-24-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By where2
Panel misbehaving

For a few weeks now, I've had one panel misbehaving with an output down around half the daily energy of the others in the system. Following Pinball's instructions in another thread, I reset my...
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