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Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-02-18, 09:37 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 209,298
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 07-23-18, 06:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
But...but...but... My inverters are 240V. It's...

But...but...but... My inverters are 240V. It's only TWO wires that current travels over. If current is flowing through the one the EXACT SAME current is flowing through the other. It's how the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-23-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
That's not "imbalanced" though, that's just...

That's not "imbalanced" though, that's just voltage too high or too low.

Imbalance refers to the current flowing through the Hot 1 to Neutral being substantially different than Hot 2 to Neutral....
Forum: Solar Power 07-23-18, 04:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
No assumptions here. It's 240V ONLY. There...

No assumptions here.
It's 240V ONLY. There CAN'T be any imbalance. All the power flowing through the black wire is also flowing through the red wire.

If this was inside a breaker panel or...
Forum: Solar Power 07-23-18, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
On a 240V circuit on the U.S. split-phase system,...

On a 240V circuit on the U.S. split-phase system, a complete circuit has current flow moving through one hot wire and returning on the other hot wire. The Current Transducer just has to be anywhere...
Forum: Solar Power 07-19-18, 10:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
Yes, you can have an internet device ping the...

Yes, you can have an internet device ping the Envoy for data, but it's still not real-time. It's five minute increment posts at best. And then that's actually an average of the power over that amount...
Forum: Solar Power 07-18-18, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
Posted By bennelson
I know! The OLDER Envoy HAD an LCD display on it,...

I know! The OLDER Envoy HAD an LCD display on it, and the newer one (which I have,) DOESN'T!

In what world does it make sense to have FEWER options and information?!

Again, I love all the data...
Forum: Solar Power 07-12-18, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,540
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: Renovations & New Construction 02-26-18, 03:08 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
Posted By bennelson
Solar Edge systems are also very popular....

Solar Edge systems are also very popular. Frankly, there's a lot of GOOD solar equipment out there now!

Probably the best advice I could give about solar is DO IT! DO IT NOW!

:thumbup:
Forum: Solar Heating 02-12-18, 10:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,440
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, 07:30 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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, 10:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,440
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, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,066
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, 10:03 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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, 10:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,665
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, 08:33 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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, 02:36 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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, 10:34 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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 06-14-17, 05:20 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
Posted By bennelson
Here's some irony for you... The ONE THING...

Here's some irony for you...

The ONE THING that a grid-tie setup DOESN'T do is that it will NOT produce power from the solar panels during a blackout.

I was working super-early today, with the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-13-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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: Lawn and Garden 06-08-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 209,298
Posted By bennelson
Typically, when you turn a commutator, you try to...

Typically, when you turn a commutator, you try to take off as little as possible.

You are really just trying to make it smooth and clean. In this case, I'm not sure what the best approach is for...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-06-17, 10:26 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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 06-05-17, 08:41 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
Posted By bennelson
I had to turn it on to test it, and everything...

I had to turn it on to test it, and everything worked. I had to turn it back off after testing.

Officially, I can't be producing power until after the local power utility stops out and does an...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-05-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
Posted By bennelson
Solar is installed! More to come... ...

Solar is installed!

More to come...

http://300mpg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_5010.jpg
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-03-17, 10:00 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,794
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/
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