Does using Off the Grid Solar cost 10 times more than using a cities grid power? I want to hear from the folks who have had solar at least a few years
to tell me what your experience is with this.
I ask because I joined a forum called SolarPanelTalk and a frequent poster there called SunKing, ( who claims he is an electrical engineer which means
he makes his living because of electricity coming from the grid) kept claiming that off the grid solar power would cost you 10 times more money than
using on the grid power.
I asked him why he believes this and he replied with cost of grid power vs cost of buying the solar system, having it installed, replacing batteries.
I didn't buy his argument so I asked him for more details and to consider my proposed solar system would not run everything, because I have alternate
ways to do many things like cooking, heating the house, heating water etc.
I told him solar can be found now for 50 cents a panel. I can buy the materials for under 5000 and install the solar myself in my small 1500 sq foot
house. I would only use the soalr for a few things, like running a small ac window unit just to cool one room or swamp cooler and perhaps lights at
night. I told him i could buy a 10 pack of marine batteries for 1000 dollars. I'd only have to spend 1000 dollars to replace them every so many years.
( or cheaper by using lead acid and rebuilding and recharging them) My thinking is that I'd buy the stuff, do the work myself and then, sit on my
butt and save a ton of money except for any maintenance I had to do which would be cheaper than continuing to run off a cities grid power. I told
Ironically, I was never able to get a reply from this SunKing fellow because the site banned me simply it seems for disagreeing with their resident
expert. Not only was I banned but that thread and two other threads made by me were deleted. Those two threads were threads similar to these threads
that showed alternate ways to do things without having to use your solar power all the time. www.abovetopsecret.com...
Off the Grid heating and cooking for cheap/free so you have more Power left over
- ATS Science Challange: Air Condition a House in high humidity without standard AC/Refrigeration
Apparently the operator of the site did not like this info being in his "off the grid" section. I was in compliance with their T&C the entire time I
was on the site. The official reason for my ban was: " too many links. too much bullsh|t." Yes, those threads did have a lot of links just like in my
posts here but that isn't against the T&C of that site nor is anything I said Bullsh|t - all these technologies really do work. I only offered them as
ways people could cut down further on their solar usage.
I find this all very suspicious and believe that this site is really an anti solar site in disguise. The member SunKing seems to be respected by the
site operator as this member has several stickies on the site. Unless I find any evidence to the contrary, I'd suggest people stay well clear of
Still I need answers. I look forward to your thoughts in these matters.
edit on 29-10-2012 by JohnPhoenix because: sp