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    SOLAR

    It is all installed and hooked up.

    Not turned on yet.

    Waiting for town inspection and also waiting for power company to upgrade wire from pole to house and to install a new meter.

    It was turn on for a few minutes - at a generation rate of 6500 KWH

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    Nice !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    ...It was turn on for a few minutes - at a generation rate of 6500 KWH
    Don't you mean 6.500 kW?

    6500 is more like your local utility would do.
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    Congratulations, Leo!
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    Very nice! If you get a chance to post some pictures, that would be great.

    I'm assuming it's a grid tied system? Do you have an storage as part of the system for when the power goes out?
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    Awesome, would love to hear more details on it's design.
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    The screen displayed 6,500.

    Later in the day when the sun was down, but it was still light the screen displayed 488.

    I am not really sure what the terms mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    The screen displayed 6,500.

    Later in the day when the sun was down, but it was still light the screen displayed 488.

    I am not really sure what the terms mean.

    Watts, maybe?
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    I am with Jim, probably watts...

    Leo thats a pretty good setup if it got to generating 6500 watts question is at what output voltage?

    Thing is do you have a bank of batteries and inverter or is the surplus power fed into the grid to get you credits for the nighttime use?

    If i ever install solar i want self reliance and off the grid. But storing 6500 watts is a lot of storage.

    Almost 50% of our electric bill here is not for the actual commodity and a huge portion is for debt recovery paying for green energy at a higher price than we can generate or buy it. Makes zero sense to me.
    cheers

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    Leo what is payback time? Brother installed one in Albuquerque and says 5 years. Wife says 8 years. There ties into grid and has been working flawlessly. But then lots of sun in N.Mex.right Vaughn? To make it work here in Missouri I'd have to cut down a lot of trees which I do not want to do.
    I suppose the cost per kw is rating factor.
    David

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