Category Archives: Solar PV

Extra Power

Since we are living “off grid,” we aren’t able to send extra electricity we generate to the electric utility. So, what do we do with extra power? Right now, we are able to run an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and several … Continue reading

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New Friends

One of the things I enjoy most about being in the renewable energy business is meeting people and making new friends. We just finished an installation for a couple in New Hampshire, and their friendliness and hospitality made the job … Continue reading

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Beginning of the 2011 installation season

We just completed our first PV installation for the 2011 season, a 2,300-watt grid-tie PV system. It was nice to get back to work like this, and we made the most of two kind-of sunny days to complete the installation. … Continue reading

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Cloudy days

We ran the generator yesterday evening for a couple of hours to charge the battery bank – the first time we had run it since early January. The culprit was a combination of a string of cloudy days with little … Continue reading

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PV or SHW?

Which is a better option – solar electric (PV) or solar hot water (SHW)? Well, it really depends on your situation. If you want to recoup your investment quickly, SHW is a better option, as you can save enough in … Continue reading

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Backup Power

Did you lose power during the last storm? We didn’t. As a matter of fact, the only reason we knew power was out in the neighborhood was our internet was down. And we had to start our neighbor’s generator for … Continue reading

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Cold sunny days

If you have solar PV and live in New England, you are probably making a lot of power from your solar PV system today. Where we live, it has not gotten above about 5 degrees F all day, and we … Continue reading

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Fall Maintenance

Now that daylight savings time has ended, I am noticing how few hours of sun we are getting. It reminds me that I should adjust my solar panels so that I capture all of the sun that falls on them. … Continue reading

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Off-grid living

One of the things I enjoy about off-grid living is having to work with what God gives us by way of weather. As an example, since we make all our own electricity, I wanted to not use any to move … Continue reading

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Rain, rain, go away…

It’s been hard to make electricity with all the cloudy and rainy weather we have been having. But it hasn’t been too much of a problem since our charge controller broke on Friday. But if it were working, just how … Continue reading

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