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Forum: Solar Power 08-03-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
I posted about our PV system and electric LEAF...

I posted about our PV system and electric LEAF back in 2017, and thought I'd update a bit. In March we bought a newer used Leaf, a 2017 to replace our 2013 which we sold to one of our sons. My wife...
Forum: Solar Power 05-16-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,134
Posted By WisJim
My oldest panels (installed in 1982) are Arco 35...

My oldest panels (installed in 1982) are Arco 35 watt, and I'm sure there is deterioration but I can't accurately measure it even with good Fluke meters due to sunlight variation. I also have some...
Forum: Conservation 10-26-17, 08:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,372
Posted By WisJim
In many parts of the country, well water contains...

In many parts of the country, well water contains lots of agricultural chemical residues and by-products, and also traces of antibiotics that enter the water system through septic systems. Rainwater...
Forum: Conservation 10-24-17, 06:23 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,372
Posted By WisJim
I have friends who collect rainwater for all...

I have friends who collect rainwater for all their water needs at their off-grid Minnesota home. Rainwater Harvesting - A WebsiteBuilder Website...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-12-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,240
Posted By WisJim
Newspapers don't have much heat capacity, but...

Newspapers don't have much heat capacity, but filling empty space with plastic jug of water is what I do. I use large and small jug/bottles, depending on the empty space, and use the bottles of ice...
Forum: Solar Power 08-11-17, 06:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
Mike, I think my Photobucket is set for public...

Mike, I think my Photobucket is set for public viewing. I can see my pics even if I log out of the site here, so I don't know what the problem might be.
Forum: Solar Power 08-11-17, 02:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
Found some pics from 2012 right after I had...

Found some pics from 2012 right after I had installed the 12 205 watt panels with Enphase M215s. The array to the right is 12 Kyocera 125 watt panels wired as 48 volts feeding our 24 volt battery...
Forum: Solar Power 08-11-17, 02:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
I bought panels from Sunelco.com and get their...

I bought panels from Sunelco.com and get their email notifications, and also am on the email notifications from Renvu.com

I'll post some pics of my system when I find them.
Forum: Solar Power 08-10-17, 11:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
I bought my 205 watt panels 5 years ago when the...

I bought my 205 watt panels 5 years ago when the price got below $1 a watt. Freight at that time from Florida to Wisconsin was a bit over $200 for a pallet of 28 panels. They were a bit cheaper by...
Forum: Solar Power 08-08-17, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,809
Posted By WisJim
I installed Enphase M215 microinverters with my...

I installed Enphase M215 microinverters with my 205 watt Evergreen panels some years ago, and they clip at 225 watts (which I will admit doesn't happen a lot). I'm not sure what the 205 watt panels...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-04-16, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,107
Posted By WisJim
I have one like the originally posted link,...

I have one like the originally posted link, connected in the garage to the 240 volt circuit feeding my charging connection for our Nissan Leaf electric car, so that I know what the car is using. It...
Forum: Solar Power 12-15-15, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,770
Posted By WisJim
In the 34+ years that my oldest PV panels have...

In the 34+ years that my oldest PV panels have been in use, they have been through many hail storms, including one that punched holes in a shed roof, dented vehicles, etc., and another that severely...
Forum: Wind Power 11-04-15, 09:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,005
Posted By WisJim
The best source of info for owner-built wind...

The best source of info for owner-built wind turbines is Other Power, Wind Power | Otherpower (http://otherpower.com/otherpower_wind.html)
They offer workshops that include actually building a...
Forum: Wind Power 07-15-15, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,442
Posted By WisJim
I'm a trained and certified site assessor for...

I'm a trained and certified site assessor for small wind systems and I usually recommend a tower at least 120 feet tall, and seldom find a site in western Wisconsin that is actually windy enough to...
Forum: Wind Power 07-15-15, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,442
Posted By WisJim
There just isn't the available energy in the low...

There just isn't the available energy in the low speed turbulent winds that close to the ground unless it is installed on a flat smooth terrain with nothing else for hundreds of yards in every...
Forum: Wind Power 04-07-15, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,577
Posted By WisJim
If you figure how much energy is available at low...

If you figure how much energy is available at low wind speeds you will realize you can generate so little that it isn't worthwhile. If you make a large enough diameter rotor to start at very low...
Forum: Wind Power 08-12-14, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,141
Posted By WisJim
Here is a link to a rough map of wind speeds at...

Here is a link to a rough map of wind speeds at 30 meters height (over 90 feet but a good minimum height for a wind turbine). WINDExchange: Residential-Scale 30-Meter Wind Maps...
Forum: Wind Power 08-11-14, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,141
Posted By WisJim
Remember too, that you need to have your wind...

Remember too, that you need to have your wind turbine 30 feet higher than anything within 500 feet, as a general rule of thumb. And never mount it on a roof or other structure, and it should be 60...
Forum: Product Reviews 03-20-14, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,378
Posted By WisJim
I thought that I might get used to them in 4...

I thought that I might get used to them in 4 nights, but I didn't. I've never had that problem any other time, even with shorter stays in hotels, motels, or with friends. But you are right that you...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-19-14, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,123
Posted By WisJim
Lots of good info on high quality windows over at...

Lots of good info on high quality windows over at Green Building Advisor.
One of the older discussions, but lots of good info, and more choices are available...
Forum: Product Reviews 03-19-14, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,378
Posted By WisJim
I have twice stayed at a hotel that had sleep...

I have twice stayed at a hotel that had sleep number mattresses in our rooms, both times for 4 night stays, and I wasn't impressed with either mattress. It just wasn't firm enough for me and didn't...
Forum: Lighting 01-22-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,792
Posted By WisJim
I second the suggestion to buy name brands from a...

I second the suggestion to buy name brands from a legitimate dealer. I have some LED bulbs going on 10 years of 6 to 10hours a day and are still going strong. Another good use is for outdoor...
Forum: Lighting 01-21-14, 04:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,792
Posted By WisJim
Everytime I think an LED bulb is expensive, I...

Everytime I think an LED bulb is expensive, I have to recall that I paid about $20 each for my first CFL bulbs back in the 1980s, and thought that they were worth it in energy savings. That $20 is...
Forum: Wind Power 09-11-13, 09:24 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 27,070
Posted By WisJim
Absolutely! All you need is a spot with no (or...

Absolutely! All you need is a spot with no (or minimal) shade, which is easy to determine, to get good results from PVs--and then enjoy the energy for decades with no or minimal maintenance. Wind...
Forum: Wind Power 09-10-13, 02:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 27,070
Posted By WisJim
A wind turbine, to produce useful amounts of...

A wind turbine, to produce useful amounts of power, ought to be 30 feet or more above anything within 500 feet, and typically should be on a tower at least 100 feet tall, to avoid turbulence and to...
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