house panel

House Panels

batteries

House Batteries

WD9EKA Alternative Energy
Off commercial electric between March 4, 2011 and Aug 31, 2018.
The return to commercial power was partial.
May 2024 - reanalyzing the total cost of grid connect. Currently available fast charging options in this area there are several that are less than what Enerstar costs me. "Yes" the per kwh rate of Enerstar on paper looks cheap, but they have had one of the most expensive "Grid connect fees" in the area if not the nation, $56/month even when no power used. The last few months all costs added together it has cost me around 25 cents/kwh and the less I use from grid the higher that climbs. Really reconsidering pulling the meter, again.

Garage Renogy Battery Monitor

garage battery monitor

Current Solar Irradiance(W/M^2): .0
arduino
PV status
Gen status
Graph DC power data
Garage power status
House power status
Graph AC data

garage with panel

Garage Panels

garage batteries

Garage Batteries


solar air heater SolarSheats1500gs align= auxillary power unit

House equipment:
1 - 100 watt Arco Tri-Lam PV panel (in use since 1990 and 2 moves)
3 - 120 watt AP-1206. 1 on line 5/1/99. 2 and 3 on line 7/9/99
4 - 130 watt KC130's. Online mid May 2008
6 - 205 watt KD205's. Online July 14, 2009
4 - 210 watt NewPowa. Online March 26, 2022
2 - Outback FM80 80 amp mppt controller used for the solar panels
6 - AmpereTime LiFePo4 900 a/h at 26 volts installed 3/4/2022 and 4/5/2022
1 - Magnum Sine 4024-PAE with Trace DC250 Cutoff
1 - Harbor Freight 68530 7kw 13hp generator. Purchased Jan 4, 2016 retired with 1550 hours, suspected low oil shutoff sensor intermittent
1 - Harbor Freight 8750 Inverter Generator. Purchased May 18,2024 - converted to propane.
1 - Harbor Freight 68530 7kw 13hp generator. Purchased Dec 28, 2017
1 - DC charge cart - 8hp briggs and 10 SI alternator.
    Converted using an adaptor plate from The epicenter

1 - SolarSheats 1500GS air heater
Garage equipment:
1 - Outback FM80 80 amp MPPT installed 4/27/2024
1 - Ampere Time 12 v 300ah LiFePO4 installed 1/11/2022
1 - Magnum Sine 2800
2 - Sunelec 90 watt PV panels
4 - HQST 100 watt PV panels - Installed 9/30/2017
1- Arduino networked auto generator starter

The garage power system can can serve as backup for the house.

12VDC Discussion group
Links to Alternative Energy Vendors:
Arizona Wind and Sun
Backwoods Solar
the Alternative Energy Store
Sunelec miami
Solar power data updated daily
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1980s solar

1980s solar

I constructed this panel in 1980 from 36 Radio Shack(remember them) 1 amp cells.
The cost was around 10 dollars per cell. It worked for about a year. I kept a plexiglass
cover on them when I wasnt around. It operated one light
bulb and a Ten-Tec Argonaut 509.


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