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Re: [TAGaH] solar installation projects

From: EcoSteve
Sent on: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:58 AM
Bill, you are correct.   No batteries.  I agree, I would be interested in a system with storage capability.  I will be meeting with a couple of members who either have a working system or understand the complexities of the system over the next few days.  Once I have sufficient information (including from the potential installers), I will set up a information sharing meeting.  Thanks for your interest. 
Steve

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM, Bill <[address removed]> wrote:
Steve,
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like the system modelled on the Solar Calculator site does not include any batteries, only reverse metering back into the grid for any excess power produced. If so, in a power outage, the system would only provide power when the sun was shining, and the peak load would likely be pretty low.
 
For Passive Survivablity, I would suggest that we ask for options for batteries sufficient for several levels of power usage.  Off the cuff, just to start the discussion:
Level 1:  Run a few energy efficient lights, a refrigerator, freezer, a radio, and a pump (well).
 
Level 2:  25% of normal power usage.
 
Level 3:  50% of normal power usage.
Great idea.
 
Thanks,
 
Bill
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From: EcoSteve
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, March 14,[masked]:15 AM
Subject: [TAGaH] solar installation projects

There has been a lot of interest in exploring the options for solar installations.  One of our members has good experience in this area.  I will be speaking with him, and some of the other solar representatives who do this work.  Once I have a better grasp on what is involved, I will schedule a meeting for those who are interested to attend.   Of course this will be a information sharing meeting with no obligation to participate.  More soon...

Ecosteve





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