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Forum: Solar Heating 05-15-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 26,089
Posted By bennelson
Glad to see you're back at it!

Glad to see you're back at it!
Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-02-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 364
Views: 230,910
Posted By bennelson
That would also be additional cost instead of...

That would also be additional cost instead of using what a person already has. It also skips the fun/interesting creative problem solving of designing a custom multi-prong charging connector!
Forum: Solar Power 07-12-18, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,646
Posted By bennelson
Simple Solar Instrumentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXfobPnCsX4

https://300mpg.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IMG_9177-640x360.jpg

Last summer, I built a 6.24kW solar array on my garage. It uses Enphase...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-12-18, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,470
Posted By bennelson
Materials cost was a bit high. Plexiglass...

Materials cost was a bit high.

Plexiglass was $120 a sheet (and I needed two 4'x8' sheets)
Lumber was on the pricey side too, but I was using NICE lumber which is pre-primed. That pre-primed is...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-11-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
The garage is up and running! I still need...

The garage is up and running!

I still need shelving and storage organization, but it's a real building!

I did a How-To on my entire process of designing and installing the solar.
Last summer,...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,470
Posted By bennelson
Passive Solar Garage Door

Hi Folks!

I recently built a Passive Solar Garage Door!

Not a new or original idea, but still a good one. I loosely based mine on the one Gary Reysa wrote about in Home Power #117 (Link HERE...
Forum: Other Improvements 11-20-17, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,549
Posted By bennelson
My Dad put a natural gas furnace out in his shop,...

My Dad put a natural gas furnace out in his shop, which is attached off the back of the garage. The dog's kennel is also off the back of that building, and there's a small dog door for the animal to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-12-17, 09:03 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I've now gotten two electric bills since...

I've now gotten two electric bills since installing the solar. For the first full month of solar, I got a credit of $40. For the second month, a credit of $20.

At this point, I have a $60 credit...
Forum: Solar Power 08-07-17, 09:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,745
Posted By bennelson
I just finished installing my own solar array....

I just finished installing my own solar array. The faceplate wattage is 6,240 w, so pretty similar in size.

My cost numbers were comparable. I paid less than $12,000 for all the equipment and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-04-17, 07:33 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Still a few more things to do on the garage. ...

Still a few more things to do on the garage.

The main ones are:
1. A retaining wall on the west side of the building. I need to bring the ground up by about 2 feet to not only help with the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-26-17, 01:36 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Here's the video from the drone. It's kinda...

Here's the video from the drone.

It's kinda terrible. Never flown one of these before, and it turned overcast and windy. Still fun though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLEunx9E4EQ
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-25-17, 09:34 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I was hoping to get an aerial shot from a drone. ...

I was hoping to get an aerial shot from a drone.

A friend stopped over today and brought one with. It belonged to the guy's brother, and he hadn't much experience with it yet. I hadn't had any...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-13-17, 08:46 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
The solar is LIVE! Solar is LIVE!...

The solar is LIVE!
Solar is LIVE! (http://300mpg.org/2017/06/06/solar-is-live/)

You can see actual production at: https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/PqBp1213167/overview
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-06-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Here's a video/slideshow of putting up the solar...

Here's a video/slideshow of putting up the solar panels.

Pretty hard to hold a video camera, film, work, and not fall off the roof at the same time, so I was usually grabbing a few phone...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-03-17, 09:00 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Got the wiring installed! ...

Got the wiring installed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJIwCmqyvgU

Blog link:
http://300mpg.org/2017/06/02/wiring-for-solar/
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-28-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I worked on some electrical boxes today. ...

I worked on some electrical boxes today.

Electric Boxes for Solar Roof (http://300mpg.org/2017/05/28/electric-boxes/) (Blog Post Link)

I tried more or less following the suggestions of some of...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-08-17, 09:28 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I got two more pieces of racking up. I was...

I got two more pieces of racking up.

I was also able to borrow an auto-retractor fall protection device. I'll be using that for the rest of the install - the metal roof is FAR more slippery than...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-17, 04:34 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Panels themselves were $150 each Inverters...

Panels themselves were $150 each

Inverters were $95 Each

Beyond that is racking, nuts and bolts, etc. etc. I''l have to add it all up sometime, but something in the ballpark of $8,000ish.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
BIG UPDATE: Boy have I been busy lately. I...

BIG UPDATE:

Boy have I been busy lately. I have a back-log of blogging, video, and photography to do. Just been really busy with work, and I'm taking a CNC Machining class on top of that. (Which...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-09-17, 09:00 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I did some work yesterday experimenting with...

I did some work yesterday experimenting with solar.

I have 2 Helios 260w panels and got three salvaged Enphase M215 inverters. Those were from a friend who found them at an electronics salvage...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-04-17, 02:36 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
Got my heat going! ...

Got my heat going!

https://youtu.be/PNHnkJoIyog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNHnkJoIyog
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-03-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I finally heard back from the local power...

I finally heard back from the local power utility. They have approved my solar application in full, with ZERO changes or recommendations.

I can now purchase all my big expensive components and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-20-17, 06:17 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I got a chance to do just a little tiny bit of...

I got a chance to do just a little tiny bit of solar experimenting.

I got a couple of used Enphase m215 micro-inverters that a friend dug up in an electronics junkyard.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-11-17, 09:44 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
I scheduled the insulation company to come on out...

I scheduled the insulation company to come on out and fiberglass the garage. Because of their economy of scale, and having a nice box truck, the insulation company can insulate my garage for not a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-27-17, 05:11 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 30,854
Posted By bennelson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtjzs4Xcf0 ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtjzs4Xcf0
Link to blog about this:
Solar Proposal (http://300mpg.org/2017/02/27/solar-proposal/)
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