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Forum: The Billiards Room 02-01-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,000
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, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
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: Solar Power 01-26-18, 11:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,312
Posted By where2
Adding insulation, air sealing, other forms of...

Adding insulation, air sealing, other forms of lowering air infiltration and energy loss are always better investments than a PV array. Finding all the vampire loads in your house is cheaper than...
Forum: Solar Power 10-17-17, 08:09 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,252
Posted By where2
My rail to rail rack spacing was mandated by wind...

My rail to rail rack spacing was mandated by wind load calculations. The panel manufacturers typically show a spacing for the rails (rail to rail) measurement, to predict a certain loading ability....
Forum: Solar Power 08-02-17, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,527
Posted By where2
My wife and I celebrated 4 years of net metering...

My wife and I celebrated 4 years of net metering yesterday with our 4.4kW DIY install system running Enphase M215 inverters. Continues to run flawlessly, collecting 6MWh/yr. Overall, no complaints,...
Forum: Solar Power 08-01-17, 08:14 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 125,725
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW array: July 2017 = 558kWh July 2016...

My 4.4kW array:
July 2017 = 558kWh
July 2016 = 607kWh
July 2015 = 546kWh
July 2014 = 475kWh

Today officially marks the anniversary of 4 years with an on-grid PV system. To date, I've generated...
Forum: Solar Power 04-15-17, 06:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,986
Posted By where2
The final say on requirements is the always local...

The final say on requirements is the always local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Before I considered installing a PV system, I went to my local village building department and asked for their...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-31-17, 09:37 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,208
Posted By where2
Double check your favorite forums, but I used 3M...

Double check your favorite forums, but I used 3M Hi-Strength 90 adhesive on my headliner material in the 2004 wagon when I redid it. Two plus years later, it's still hanging tough in the heat and...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-29-17, 01:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,266
Posted By where2
Looking at your model number: WRT138FZDW, we're...

Looking at your model number: WRT138FZDW, we're talking a top freezer unit with the fridge below it.

There must be some way to remove the cover on the rear of the freezer compartment to get eyes...
Forum: Solar Power 01-06-17, 07:38 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Indeed, both are true. The second is quite...

Indeed, both are true. The second is quite addicting. :thumbup:

Looking at my graphics, my panels are all up right around 1MWh per panel for lifetime accumulated power generation.
Forum: Solar Power 12-31-16, 11:53 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite...

Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite being capable of running two different tallies, my power company installed a completely different brand of smart meter when I received my net meter, and...
Forum: Solar Power 12-30-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
When the power company guy showed up to swap in...

When the power company guy showed up to swap in my net meter (back in 2013), 10 panels (half my array) were running in "testing" mode. I knew full well that any over-production was NOT spinning my...
Forum: Solar Power 12-17-16, 09:54 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Yes, yes they will... The power companies will...

Yes, yes they will... The power companies will throw millions of dollars into PACs and advertising campaigns against personal PV systems, while spending tens of millions installing their own solar...
Forum: Solar Power 12-17-16, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,301
Posted By where2
Alternatively, this university seems to do some...

Alternatively, this university seems to do some unbiased panel testing...

Certification and Testing - Florida Solar Energy Center (http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/certification-testing/index.htm)
...
Forum: Solar Power 12-06-16, 08:34 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Would a heat gun do the trick to get the panel...

Would a heat gun do the trick to get the panel warm enough to hold the decals?

Stirring up interest will happen from time to time, even years from now. Some friends of my wife's are presently...
Forum: Solar Power 12-04-16, 09:19 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
If you think that was exciting wait until it goes...

If you think that was exciting wait until it goes live. When my wife called me at 11AM to say the power company had been by to swap out our meter, I left work for lunch, came to the house, flipped...
Forum: Solar Power 12-01-16, 09:41 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 125,725
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW array: November 2016 = 423kWh ...

My 4.4kW array:
November 2016 = 423kWh
November 2015 = 415kWh (yes, the same as 2014 within 0.3kWh)
November 2014 = 415kWh
November 2013 = 368kWh

November electric bill: 265kWh cost $34.81 ...
Forum: Solar Power 11-10-16, 08:27 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Better to find out the drawings are flawed before...

Better to find out the drawings are flawed before they are filed, than after the permit was pulled...

You need a PE familiar with ASCE 7-05. The phone book should have several. Some will attempt...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-19-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,294
Posted By where2
Nice Work! If I hadn't seen the before paint...

Nice Work! If I hadn't seen the before paint photos, I'd have guessed that stand was commercially manufactured. I'll be interested to hear how the HFT wheels hold up for that weight support over...
Forum: Solar Power 10-15-16, 01:04 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 24,382
Posted By where2
Power Generation Issues: NONE since system went...

Power Generation Issues: NONE since system went live 8/1/2013. :thumbup:
Cleaning: More than a dozen of my panels have never been cleaned in 3+ years! I cleaned two at year 1, four more at year 2. I...
Forum: Solar Power 10-04-16, 09:59 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 125,725
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW array: September 2016 = 433kWh ...

My 4.4kW array:
September 2016 = 433kWh
September 2015 = 423kWh
September 2014 = 446kWh
September 2013 = 452kWh

I was up on the roof this past week hooking up an anemometer and noted: I should...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-27-16, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,531
Posted By where2
I'm surprised no one has suggested using an...

I'm surprised no one has suggested using an arduino, a temperature/humidity sensor, and a relay board to convert this 1.77 L/kWH unit with a defective humidistat to an smarter device. If you don't...
Forum: Solar Power 08-25-16, 11:53 AM
Replies: 728
Views: 125,725
Posted By where2
At present electric rates ($0.105/kWh), it...

At present electric rates ($0.105/kWh), it honestly takes "seemingly forever" (15 yrs) to recover the initial expense of the PV system, permitting, structural engineering, parts, racking and...
Forum: Other Improvements 03-26-16, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,599
Posted By where2
I'm going to go with: Motorized retractable...

I'm going to go with: Motorized retractable awning, because there are times when the sun is too much, living on the beach...

There can also be ordinances that say that you cannot put up a...
Forum: Solar Power 03-02-16, 10:12 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 125,725
Posted By where2
4.4kW array=439kWh in February 2016. (440kWh in...

4.4kW array=439kWh in February 2016. (440kWh in February 2015)
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