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Originally posted by redbarron626
Hold on a second. You get kicked off of a website dedicated to Solar Power by asking questions and not agreeing with the answer and then you come to ATS, a conspiracy website, to find an answer you already have?
What is the purpose of a thread that you already seem to have the answer to?
Why do you need someone else's opinion if you have the ability and resources to do this?
Go for it already!
edit on 29-10-2012 by redbarron626 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Expat888
have been running solar several years now ... initially it cost me a bit to set up - mostly for the panels and to transport them upriver out here to the boonies where Im at ... costs on panels have dropped alot and they have improved alot over the early ones that had ... upgraded last year to new ones from mitsubishi electric that could power a small village ... well worth it to go solar ...
Originally posted by davjan4
I spent just $1500 and Can run lights, computer, Cable box, router. Freezer in emergencies. I'm running off it right now.
I could have spent $1,000, but went with a very high end charge controller so I could expand later.
And don't use marine batteries. 6 volt golf cart batteries work great. For real efficiency and power, use 2 volt batteries. Use enough to wire them for 48 volts to a 48 volt inverter. Very effeciant.
As mine sits, I generate 1,300 watts a day. I use about 800 watts a day. The excess goes to the batteries for cloudy days and night time use. With another $1,500 I could massively increase my power and capacity.
Originally posted by botay
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
Are you on the grid now? If so, you can have a grid tie system installed, and slowly build up you generating capability while selling your excess to the power company. Eventually you will be even, or receiving a yearly or bi-yearly check from the power company. Yes, going off grid is a great way to stick it to the man, but why not let the man write you a check every year for going green, and forcing him to do so as well.