posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 11:11 AM
reply to post by Wildbob77
I hear ya, Wildbob. I'm installing a 1200W PV system in our house right now. I've been at it for more than two weeks.
Problem #1: New edicts coming down from the local PTB make licensed electricians have to undergo $3500 more in licensing AND pass a board on de big
island. The upshot of that is none of the three who would have helped me are willing. Thus, I have had to install auxiliary outlets in our house
due to the necessity of not connecting to the main panel. I have to keep it completely independent of conventional power, or I invite the vampires
into my house.
Problem #2: I'm not an electrician. I am a licensed contractor and posess more than 19 brain cells, so I'm getting through it. My tactic is to
bump up recommended wire thickness at least one size to allow for future expansion and minimal voltage drop.
Problem #3: there are 1200 people here and three hardware stores. I have to fabricate everything, and my primary shopping place is the dump.
Problem #4: It's freakin' HOT! Where are our three days of winter??
Problem #5: I'm spending too much time on the internet.
Problem #6: When it's not freakin' hot, it is raining. Rain + electrical wiring = happy dance. Happy dance is not good.
Aside from the above, I'm coming along just great. I hope to be flipping the main switch on the main panel (conventional power) to OFF by
Christmas. raas claat, this is WORK. But that's okay. It won't kill me, so it'll only make me stronger. We have no "incentives" here.
Heavy salt environment, so I've had to construct exterior hurricane-proof, weather-proof, fire-resistant lockers. I've spent about $12,000 so far,
including 24VCD fridge and 24VDC freezer. I've had to make the roof array adjustable to change the presentation to the sun as the sun's eliptic
changes, and make everything a quick-connect so we can take it down when hurricanes threaten.
Oh yeah, and problem #7........ I tore one forearm flexor and separated another last year when I dug a 210' ditch 24" deep through rock and coconut
roots to put our power underground after hurricane Paloma kicked out butts. I feel old. I feel happy.