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Old 01-19-09, 02:13 PM   #21
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I need to check mine for snow more often.

I've thought about using the pole mount for my big old satellite dish. I could reuse the linear actuator and come up with some sort of active tracking system. The pole is already in the same area as my pv set-up.

On friday I pulled over 1200whrs from the sun . That's over 6 hours of full inverter output. I need more days like that .

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Wow very nice. How many times did you adjust it on Friday?
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Old 01-19-09, 03:24 PM   #23
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Wow very nice. How many times did you adjust it on Friday?
I don't adjust mine other than seasonally, so that was a fixed rack production #.
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Old 01-19-09, 03:31 PM   #24
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But it's sobering to realize how small a fraction of total power usage it is.

I think the general public vastly overestimates the power production capabilities of solar, if the number of people who suggest I power the electric car with PV is any indication. They need to see a thread like this to get a better idea.
Very true. On a good sunny day you might offset the power used by accessories . Plus these panels are fairly heavy and large, so it would be impractical to have on a moving car. They could mount on a full size truck over the bed or on a big stationwagon's roof, but not a metro .
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Old 01-19-09, 08:04 PM   #25
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Yes, people don't really think about how much energy is used to move a car down the road. You'd have to be a rich man to do it with solar power. Lights, stereo, and computer use very little by comparison.
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Old 01-21-09, 08:08 AM   #26
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here's a summary of the last 7 days production from january 14th thru the 20th;

wed, 40 whrs
thurs, 560 whrs
friday, 1280 whrs
sat, 140 whrs
sun, 440 whrs
mon, 1060 whrs
tues, 1300 whrs
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Those numbers are looking pretty darn good. Almost 700 Wh a day from such a small setup!
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OK gang- does anyone know of a pv for newbies resource? Tons of ignorance needing to be modified to slight knowledge. Thx
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If I were you, I'd start here:

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Thanks Daox, exactly what I needed.

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