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Forum: Solar Power 05-17-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,297
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Our system is SunPower 327 panels. The whole...

Our system is SunPower 327 panels. The whole system is warranted for 25 years, and is rated for 1" hail.
Forum: Solar Power 01-21-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,342
Posted By NeilBlanchard
We had our best monthly total in July. The peak...

We had our best monthly total in July. The peak output is different than the peak monthly total. We hit 9.3kW (or maybe 9.4?) on a day in May, if I remember correctly. Cooler temps help the panel...
Forum: Solar Power 01-20-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,342
Posted By NeilBlanchard
You did quite well relative to the capacity. Our...

You did quite well relative to the capacity. Our 10.1kW system produced 773.3kWh in December.

The longer daylight (9:34 today - but who's counting?) means higher potential. We were maxing at...
Forum: Lighting 01-03-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,651
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Typical solar panels are 200-300 watts. The light...

Typical solar panels are 200-300 watts. The light you linked to is 5W, and depending on where you are, and how much sun you get on average - it should be very doable. But, it may or may not be...
Forum: Lighting 01-03-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,651
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Hi, The solar panel produces DC - direct...

Hi,

The solar panel produces DC - direct current - electricity. The battery also is DC. The bulb could be DC, but many are AC - alternating current; which is what your house is. The battery...
Forum: Lighting 01-02-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,651
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I would think the battery and charger are the...

I would think the battery and charger are the hardest part?

Are you going with an all DC set up?
Forum: Solar Power 06-06-18, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
We have Sunpower micro inverters, and that...

We have Sunpower micro inverters, and that Sunpower unit is the connection to the network. We have two online dashboards, actually - Sunpower and BlueSel, who were the installers.

At 60 days of...
Forum: Solar Power 04-18-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
In the 12 days our solar panels have been online,...

In the 12 days our solar panels have been online, we have produced 374.6kWh. Over that same time, we used and additional 510.5kWh from the grid - for a total of 885.1kWh.

It has been pretty cool...
Forum: Solar Power 04-07-18, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
We had our first full day of production - it...

We had our first full day of production - it started a bit slow because of heavy cloud cover, but by 10:30 or so the sun came out, and we hit 55.3kWh for the day!
Forum: Solar Power 04-06-18, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Our new net meter was installed April 4th, and we...

Our new net meter was installed April 4th, and we "turned on" the system today! Of course, it is quite cloudy, and is snowing now, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-02-18, 02:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,136
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I don't know if this has been mentioned here on...

I don't know if this has been mentioned here on ER, but I am hoping we see an ultrasonic dryer, in the near future. GE was supposed to be working on this.
Forum: Solar Power 04-02-18, 02:46 PM
Replies: 728
Views: 127,342
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I am looking forward to having a thread like...

I am looking forward to having a thread like this, before long.
Forum: Other Improvements 03-26-18, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Excellent - that sounds like an efficient way to...

Excellent - that sounds like an efficient way to go. Staying DC makes sense for computers, or to charge electric cars.
Forum: Solar Power 03-25-18, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 648
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I wonder how those...

I wonder how those (https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/25/storen-technologys-vanadium-flow-battery-prototype-outpacing-expectations/) compare to the RedFlow ZCell units; also from Australia?
...
Forum: Other Improvements 03-25-18, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Sounds excellent, Mike! How are you using it -...

Sounds excellent, Mike! How are you using it - do you only use it in emergencies, or all the time? Is it integrated into your AC power, or is it standalone?
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-24-18, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,136
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I think this has merit - the warmer the source...

I think this has merit - the warmer the source for the heat pump, the better. I've wondered about a central water tank to pool heat into. If our refrigerator could sink heat easily, into the water,...
Forum: Biofuels 03-24-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,911
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I am very interested in either a rocket mass...

I am very interested in either a rocket mass heater, or a biochar retort. I really want to produce biochar, to sink carbon and vastly improve the soil, at the same time.
Forum: Solar Power 03-24-18, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Thanks! I am not sure how long the system will...

Thanks! I am not sure how long the system will have to sit - it can take a while. Eversource (used to be called NStar) is notorious for being slow.

We love our Bolt EV, and we also have an...
Forum: Other Improvements 03-23-18, 11:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Posted By NeilBlanchard
DIY Battery Storage

I am curious to hear about any experience folks may have with building your own battery storage system; to store electricity from a solar PV array and/or a wind turbine.

There are a few groups...
Forum: Solar Power 03-23-18, 11:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,920
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Solar PV - Save Money & Shrink Carbon Footprint

We have been driving EV's for 3 1/2 years, and we are now using a heat pump for most of heating our house, as well. We got a solar PV system installed yesterday, and it should soon be generating a...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 07-04-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,447
Posted By NeilBlanchard
That sounds like a meter of space, which is a...

That sounds like a meter of space, which is a lot. But I am not sure what CFM is in relation to a ceiling fan, and how would it be measured? The fan blades churn the air, and moving air is what we...
Forum: Wind Power 06-02-16, 10:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 18,853
Posted By NeilBlanchard
The wind cools the panels, and that raises their...

The wind cools the panels, and that raises their efficiency.
Forum: Conservation 05-24-16, 09:38 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,748
Posted By NeilBlanchard
Here is a different take on home batteries, that...

Here is a different take on home batteries, that is very interesting:

Saltwater Battery | Safe Sustainable Batteries | Aquion Energy (http://www.aquionenergy.com/)
...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-24-16, 09:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,678
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I used a Greenworks 40V Lithium G-Max DigiPro...

I used a Greenworks 40V Lithium G-Max DigiPro strimmer, and it worked pretty well. A 2Ah battery lasted about 45 minutes. It came with a 4Ah battery - my in-laws also have a 20" twin blade mower,...
Forum: Tools 05-17-16, 09:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,806
Posted By NeilBlanchard
I recently got a Makita, and so far, so good. ...

I recently got a Makita, and so far, so good. Battery life on the smaller unit is pretty good. Power and control is better than my ancient corded Makita.
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