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Posted By Mike Curran 06-18-2024 05:00 PM
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Dennis - Your question regarding the "bank" should be directed to William Fitch, since his statement has that terminology, not mine. To be honest, to me my bill statement is pretty cryptic, and I can see why the OP is having a hard time getting our supplier to explain his net metering agreement. In hindsight ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-18-2024 11:46 AM
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Sorry about that. Partly my fault for a poor screenshot, but mostly it's just the format my power delivery service (CEI) uses. I posted because it should resemble the OP's, and hoped it might give him some insight into how a net metered account billing would look. He has the same deliverer as I do. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-17-2024 04:27 PM
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I have a net metering agreement with CEI and I'm residential, so this may not be entirely relevant, but FWIW, here's a copy of my May, 2024 bill with personal info redacted. Note my energy supplier is through NOPEC; CEI provides delivery. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ---- ...
Posted By Mike Curran 04-01-2024 01:15 PM
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I can answer 2 questions: - I have a total of 16.5kw of grid-tied solar on my house and barn. Both have battery backup for critical loads: barn 11.4kwh of LiFePO4 batteries, house 41kwh (20 usable) of FLA batteries. - I plan to participate in the tour, in person, as I have off and on since 2008. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 03-19-2024 11:03 AM
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Also, extreme gerrymandering has given Republicans a permanent majority in both Ohio's legislative houses. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 02-26-2024 03:00 PM
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IMO, the best home generators are made by Honda. But they are relatively expensive compared to what else is out there. Her choice somewhat depends on what loads she wants to support during an outage. If she needs something that her electronics can accept, Honda offers some 2000 watt inverter generators ...
Posted By Mike Curran 01-18-2024 07:38 PM
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I'm not suggesting the PV system be capable of charging the EV's battery. All I'm saying is that an EV battery (via a 240VAC connection) might be a better option for additional backup power (rather than a bigger stationary battery) for those with home PV systems that already incorporate a backup battery. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 01-18-2024 04:06 PM
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For those of us with PV systems that have a generator input for charging batteries and load support (during outages for grid-tied systems), a vehicle with 240V split phase output would be ideal. I believe the Cybertruck incorporates this feature. I wish other manufacturers would do this without requiring ...
Posted By Mike Curran 01-01-2024 04:51 PM
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"Does this mean that anyone who has electric heating, incandescent lighting, electric stoves, or space heating has to have a generator run by propane or another petroleum fuel if they are off-grid?" No. If you have enough solar resource and a large enough battery, any amount of extra loads can be supported ...
Posted By Mike Curran 07-12-2023 07:06 PM
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I do that. The cold air return plenum in the basement has a finned register that we keep open, draws in cool basement air (which is dehumidified, too) and distributes it thoughout the house. We put the furnace fan on to do this. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE --------------- ...
Posted By Mike Curran 07-05-2023 01:18 PM
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Our house is partially surrounded by trees and we're in a rural area so it often cools down enough at night to open the windows in the back bedrooms and run a window fan at the opposite end of the house. By morning it's almost cool enough that the A/C doesn't come on until late in the day, if at all. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 07-05-2023 01:17 PM
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Posted By Mike Curran 06-28-2023 09:42 AM
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This thread https://community.ases.org/discussion/solar-panel-upkeep-and-maintenance mentions your issue. Perhaps Ken Nadsady may be able to point you in a helpful direction? ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 06-03-2023 12:05 PM
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I had similar results for May, best May ever for PV here in NE Ohio. Not as good as yours Bill but I have some shading issues and (I believe) less capacity at 16.5kw. Total net export for May was 891 kwh ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 05-15-2023 02:05 PM
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I'm going to disagree with Bill on this one. The off grid guys I know (through the Outback Power user forum) all pretty much use their systems to run well pumps, A/Cs (many are in warm climates), even large power tools. The secret is in having an inverter sized large enough to handle the starting current. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 05-03-2023 09:25 AM
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"In person though, the Lucid is absolutely beautiful." Yeah, saw one in a Bed Bsth & Beyond parking lot a couple months ago. These pics don't do it justice. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 03-27-2023 09:46 AM
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Yesterday at noon my grid power returned after being off for around 20 hours, the result of a severely windy Saturday (3/25) here in NE Ohio. I have two battery backup systems (one supports a wood-fired hydronic heating system that cannot be allowed to freeze in winter) and they got me through this period ...
Posted By Mike Curran 03-21-2023 02:33 PM
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Another article about it: https://cleantechnica.com/2023/03/20/first-community-solar-installation-goes-live-in-puerto-rico/ Really encouraging! ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired EE ------------------------------