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Heyseed
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Been doing punch out work on a home in Tiger Valley, This week they came and installed a little solar panel. It is about 70 yards long, has 80 panels and will power the entire farm. Each footer has over three yards of concrete. I couldn't find a place to plug in and charge my phone.
PS The tractor is a 4WD Komatsu


 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice.

What did it cost?

Nice TLB, too.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 9:49 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes! More the better. Real solution real fine. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

nice, way to go, we are on solar, but we are off grid so we don't pay to watch a meter go backwards.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't ask customers how much things cost Smile
They did say it will pay for itself in 15 years.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If I were younger and just starting with a new home etc ID GO SOLAR, AND GEOTHERMAL, AND SOLAR HOT WATER, MAYBE SOME WIND POWER, AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY OUT THE YING YANG. That would be the ONLY way to go in the future.

Actually, when we live in the RV often off the grid dry boondock camping (free or minimal cost) for long periods we are mostly self sufficient and sustainable other then a small amount of LP Gas for hot water and the LP Gas fired fridge. Its equipped with 200 watts of rooftop solar panels, a four battery bank totaling 460 Amp Hours of energy storage, and an Onan generator just in case.

It would be fun to be twenty something just starting out wouldn't it????????? lol Its been a good life and as my buddy says, "Its been a good ride"

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

NO ONE can predict much of anything 15 years into the future.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You say 15 yrs to pay for itself.
Lets figure it out.

$100 per month elect. bill.
$1200 per year.
15 x $1200 = $18,000
I am sure it was more like $30-40k.
Especially with the concrete work/install.

Aint cheep.
I do like clean AC power, where I do not have to do anything other than pay the bill.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Really nice set up, Like how it is installed. Think it will take home builders installing and putting the cost into the mortgage of a new built house to get in the main stream. Grid tied is the best if your power company will allow it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:04 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote


$100/mo electric bill?? Don't know where you're at or what you power but that is 1/2 to 1/4 the bills around here, especially during A/C season. I think the average in our area would be $300-400. Of course, more in the mini-mansions that are becoming so common.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

life expectancy of the system ? bill
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm not solar savvy, so I'm asking out of ignorance not to make any kind of point here.

Does the solar system also require batteries to be used in conjunction with it? It seems to me that there must be some kind of storage facility for use when the sun isn't shining.

If there are batteries, are they typically lead-acid batteries or something else?

Tom in TN - the not smart solar guy
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dean wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:16:15 05/10/14) NO ONE can predict much of anything 15 years into the future.

Dean


Why not?

1. Prices will increase.
2. People will still be fussin in wars and such.
3. Politicians will still mostly be slime.
4. People will still be dying.
5. People will still be being born.
6. People will still thinking that their religion is the only correct one.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ken combs wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:04:20 05/10/14)
$100/mo electric bill?? Don't know where you're at or what you power but that is 1/2 to 1/4 the bills around here, especially during A/C season. I think the average in our area would be $300-400. Of course, more in the mini-mansions that are becoming so common.


I'm in southwest Iowa. My electric bill averages maybe $80 per month, and we are not particularly conservative.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Electric meter running backwards Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="rustyfarmall"](reply to post at 12:25:18 05/10/14) [/quote/]I can't see how these panels can power the whole farm for more than a couple hrs a day unless the sun stays stationary in the sky there?
 
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