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(Grist)   A report from the Edison Electric Institute predicts that if 10% of people installed roof mounted solar panels it would destroy the electric utilities... Well Bye   (grist.org) divider line 61
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2013-04-13 09:16:32 PM  

teto85: Germany closed another nuclear power plant this last week due to the solar panels everywhere in the country.  They plan to be off foreign oil for energy by 2018 and close the last nuke plant by 2035.  Mostly through solar.  With weather mostly like Seattle.  Deutschland uber alles.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr5qd-DRFQI


Yah well that's Germany, that would never work in places like Southern California, Arizona and Florida
 
2013-04-14 12:31:49 AM  

Hollie Maea: foo monkey: How do you supplement your home power with solar?  Say I mount some panels on my roof.  Then what?  How do I connect my stuff to that power source?

Best solution is to get a grid tied inverter. Then it will be transparent, as far as you are concerned. You an get the whole system installed for about 4 dollars per watt peak (before subsidies).


Thanks!  I'm geeking out right now.  Looks like my power company is VERY friendly to this kind of setup.
 
2013-04-14 12:47:29 AM  

MrSteve007: BumpInTheNight: Incoming post from that smug guy complete with pictures of his solar powered house incoming in 3...2...1...

Naaa, I'll post a picture of my solar (and wind, duh) powered sailboat for you instead, since I'm living on it in downtown Seattle this weekend.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 717x538]

Then on Sunday, I'll drive from the marian to my solar powered home - in my solar powered electric car. And on Monday morning, I'll drive to my solar powered office. I've almost entirely eliminated my need for fossil fuels or the utilities.

/no snark
//lots of smug


I'm glad you showed up. I was afraid you were off visiting the Pope again, or something. You have every right to be smug. I remain totally impressed by your futuristic lifestyle, and how you've adapted to take advantage of new options in energy production, instead of being the one taken advantage of. Kudos to you. Don't fark it up. :)
 
2013-04-14 01:11:19 AM  

foo monkey: Hollie Maea: foo monkey: How do you supplement your home power with solar?  Say I mount some panels on my roof.  Then what?  How do I connect my stuff to that power source?

Best solution is to get a grid tied inverter. Then it will be transparent, as far as you are concerned. You an get the whole system installed for about 4 dollars per watt peak (before subsidies).

Thanks!  I'm geeking out right now.  Looks like my power company is VERY friendly to this kind of setup.


Can anyone recommend a path to implement this?  Some inexpensive solar panels I can hang up in a window?  I'd like to keep my budget under $400.  Thanks.
 
2013-04-14 09:55:01 AM  
I'd love to put panels on my roof, I have an unobstructed southern exposure. They are forbidden by my HOA.
 
2013-04-14 10:53:09 AM  
dchurch0: ...but the hail in the spring would destroy anything I install.

Don't be so sure about that.  The panels are built to handle some pretty extreme hail.  Every one I've seen is rated by hitting it with a 1" steel ball bearing at 51mph.  We had a huge hail storm here in St Louis last year (I shot this video) that farked up roofs and cars everywhere, but nobody lost panels.
 
2013-04-14 11:15:54 AM  

pag1107: I'd love to put panels on my roof, I have an unobstructed southern exposure. They are forbidden by my HOA.


Do they explicitly forbid methane farms though?

/Who runs HOA?!
//Who runs HOA?!?!
 
2013-04-14 11:39:35 AM  

pag1107: I'd love to put panels on my roof, I have an unobstructed southern exposure. They are forbidden by my HOA.


In many states it is illegal for an HOA to forbid solar panels.  You might want to check and see if the HOA's policy is out of date.
 
2013-04-14 12:10:16 PM  

Somaticasual: Quite possibly the most ironic statement from the EDISON electric institute in the history of mankind..


No one got that. Well, I did, but likely no one else.
 
2013-04-14 01:12:25 PM  

BumpInTheNight: pag1107: I'd love to put panels on my roof, I have an unobstructed southern exposure. They are forbidden by my HOA.

Do they explicitly forbid methane farms though?

/Who runs HOA?!
//Who runs HOA?!?!


s23.postimg.org
 
2013-04-14 01:19:28 PM  

ajgeek: Somaticasual: Quite possibly the most ironic statement from the EDISON electric institute in the history of mankind..

No one got that. Well, I did, but likely no one else.


Glad to see someone did at least.. History may remember edison just a little too fondly in light of his business tactics..
 
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