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Old 09-16-08, 08:13 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm from Toulouse in France. Not the most sunny, but far enough to have solar panels.

My wife and I had the key of our house 2 years ago yesterday (Sept 15) and yesterday began the installation of 3kWc of solar panels on our roof which should be over today In between our 16 months old son is born.

In fact the installation will be finished in a few weeks/months... when the installation will be connected to whom I resell my electricity. Until then it will be switched off but after that I will save uranium (French electricity is 80% nuclear) as I'm saving CO2 by eco-driving (and ecomodding a little .

I will create a new thread tonight with pictures.

Before that we changed (nearly) all bubbles and changed a few things to lower our electricity and water consumption. I will create a thread tonight with details.

Love that new place thanks a lot guys to create and manage it.

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Radioactive wastes saved by 3kWc photo-voltaic solar panels :
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Old 09-16-08, 08:34 AM   #2
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Welcome to ER groar. I look forward to your posts! Sounds like you are really on the right track.
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Old 09-16-08, 11:48 AM   #3
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A very warm welcome to our French cousin.

Im jealous of the Solar panels; I wish I could justify them here . ..

Mind If I ask what bubbles are? I'm guessing Windows?
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Old 09-16-08, 01:54 PM   #4
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Im jealous of the Solar panels; I wish I could justify them here . ..
We are doing it only thanks to governmental aid and high resell price. Without that we wouldn't have enough money to finance that project and other one.

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Oops, I wanted to say bulbs CFL and LED.

Stories to be followed in individual threads...

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Ooooh, LEDs. I'm interested in seeing that. I have a bunch of in ceiling lights in my kitchen and would love to convert (and probably will) to LEDs. Pics pics pics!
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Old 09-16-08, 08:52 PM   #6
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Ooo Bulbs!

Glad to hear that the french gvt has some sense!

I keep wanting to mention that your english is excellent.
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Old 09-17-08, 01:34 AM   #7
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Glad to hear that the french gvt has some sense!
In fact this is mandated by European Union. In 2012 a certain percentage of electricity must be renewable to achieve Tokyo's CO2 aims. We are late compare to Germany, while Spain and Italy are going faster than us. But sale prices and government aid are decided by each country.

An ecological project often achieved is solar water heating, noticeably when building a new house. Solar heating, geothermal or aerothermal are less often achieved as there is much more work and French government aid is only about material, but some local aid may help about working cost.

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I keep wanting to mention that your english is excellent.
Thanks, but it's often a pain in the ... when I have to express some ideas, I have to search my words during looong times. Often I say my English is "read only"

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Radioactive wastes saved by 3kWc photo-voltaic solar panels :
  • Long life (>100,000 years) : 2.85 g/yr (0.9 mg/kWh)
  • Short life (<300 years) : 31.7 g/yr (10.0 mg/kWh)
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Old 09-18-08, 10:32 AM   #8
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Welcome, Groar. Nice to see you over here also, keep us posted on your house. Many of us over here would love to have a bank of cells like you do.
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Old 09-23-08, 06:49 PM   #9
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Welcome as well, groar! I've always loved France, and I must admit I'm jealous of your home, and the location The solar panels sound like a great investment. I'm still very interested in them, but I'm trying to decide between solar panels or a living roof. I'll have to pick your mind some about your setup when it comes time for me to make that decision

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