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Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009, 09:35 am
Off the grid

I have gone off the grid.

"But, Rich, you've been off the grid for months.. we never see you anymore."

No, no, no.. I mean OFF. THE. GRID.

Well, at least during the day. My solar panels are installed, and churning. Just went outside as the sun crested over the horizon and the meter went from flying forward to slowing, slowing, stopping, then spinning back the other way.

I'm producing, people! And with 2 refridgerators, 4 computers, a Wii, two fishtanks, 2 ponds, electric water heater, TV's and TiVos on standby sucking up juice anyway and a dozen other things on...

I can't wait to get my next electric bill.

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
gfrancie

That is pretty cool. So when do you start homesteading?

Mon, Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
rcr203

It is cool! So, when the zombies rise up and attack, bunker at my house!

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
jess_faraday

YAY!

Mon, Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
rcr203

It's very YAY worthy.. I'm saving that for the first electric bill, though!

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
pasticcio

Well, that's great!
It'll be interesting to compare your electric bills for sure.

Mon, Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
rcr203

I got some elctricity for you, baby.

*smirk*

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
urlgirl

Wow. Any chance you could post pictures or a story about this project? Because that's very, very cool :)

Mon, Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
rcr203

I will.. I need to take some pictures, and I'll give more details about the whole process.

Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
bovril


-- You will need to get up there and hose off and or squeegie the panels every few weeks/months, or you will only get half the rated power.

-- Make sure you are averaged over the whole year for the electricity. Otherwise you are paying during the winter, when your output is low, and giving them free power in the summer, when you make more than you use.

Mon, Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
rcr203

Actually, for the electric company, the meter spins backwards, so they pay me whatever I pump back in the grid, and I only pay what I take out.

So, during this past weekend, at about 8 am, the meter was spinning forward. Then, about 9, it was spinning backward about as fast as it was going forward before the panels turned on. And I had a couple TV's, computers, electric dryer, etc all running.

It's hooked into the meter, and then comes into the house (and to the grid, if the house isn't pulling as much electricity as the panels are producing) - "behind the meter" as they say.

I'll have to look into the care/cleaning of the panels on your first point.