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Posted By Mike Curran 08-10-2022 09:41 AM
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Note the bill also includes $80 billion for the IRS. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil Plant Mgt. joacchim57@gmail.com ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 07-22-2022 10:45 AM
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I have 15 years experience in clean energy, preceded by 32 years with the dirty kind (coal burning electric generating plants) so I have perspective on both. Since my "conversion" post retirement in 2007, I've installed 16.5kw of PV at my residence, and as a member of my local ASES chapter, Green Energy ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-22-2022 12:53 PM
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Outback Power equipment has had real time remote monitoring for years. Fyi. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil Plant Mgt. joacchim57@gmail.com ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 06-17-2022 04:45 PM
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The utility can have no idea exactly how much energy you are exporting to the grid unless export exceeds import. Otherwise they can only compare your historical energy use to whatever it is when your array is connected, and if the difference is large, then decide whether to come after you for connecting ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-17-2022 08:53 AM
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@David Hrivnak:Well, as far as meters spinning backwards, my personal experience says elsewise - and so do these videos: https://www.bing.com/ck/a?!&&p=2b2e4b06804768dce59f5265673a4a11dfbee8dbe434028f048c5fc5c9973108JmltdHM9MTY1NTQ4MTEwMiZpZ3VpZD03NDNhNTY5ZS00YjI2LTRhNmQtYWJhMC00YzEzYTNkZjc3YjAmaW5z ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-07-2022 06:57 PM
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When I put my first 1,440W array up here in Ohio in 2007, my utility gave me a net metering permit but left my old meter, one of those spinning disk types. I was still able to sell back to grid but never very much. It wasn't until I added another 6,450W array that they changed out my meter for a bidirectional ...
Posted By Mike Curran 06-07-2022 01:37 PM
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"I do have one question. When the Solar City system was installed, Oncor required that the DC to AC Inverter would turn off the solar power if the grid power went off. That is a safety requirement to prevent linemen working on the outside power lines during an outage would not get shocked (and I would ...
Posted By Mike Curran 05-11-2022 02:55 PM
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I'm no expert on Fronius inverters but I noticed in this video https://youtu.be/NDTMe6nbGQE, one of the screens has an option to set the "MPPT2 start voltage". This is a shot in the dark but if you can compare the MPPT1 & MPPT2 start voltages, perhaps you'll find they are not the same and you may have ...
Posted By Mike Curran 05-09-2022 05:27 PM
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Hi John - I'm curious, how is your system different from what is currently offered by Tigo (and others probably)? I have Tigo optimizers on every panel in my garage rooftop DC array and today the optimizers provided an additional 1.13kwh of energy that would otherwise have been lost due to shading. ...
Posted By Mike Curran 05-06-2022 03:20 PM
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I guess I'm lucky since we don't pay anything additional for being grid-tied here in Ohio, probably because there's not as much solar penetration here as in sunnier states. That will probably change as more people adopt solar, though. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say ...
Posted By Mike Curran 05-05-2022 05:47 PM
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One thing you guys seem to be overlooking is that you are using the utility's wires to transport your sold/exported energy to your neighbors. If you want to receive full price from your neighbor then consider running your own wires to your neighbor instead of using the utility's. Then you would get full ...
Posted By Mike Curran 04-07-2022 10:00 AM
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William, is that 40kwh at 50% SOC? If so you got a great deal. If not, STILL a great deal! ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil Plant Mgt. joacchim57@gmail.com ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 03-15-2022 09:16 AM
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I had one of those diverters before we abandoned our electric dryer in the basement. We also only used it in the wintertime, but our house air tended to be very dry then, so the vented dryer exhaust helped rather than hurt. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil ...
Posted By Mike Curran 03-11-2022 03:20 PM
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@Stu Besnoff - Although I agree wall warts waste energy and disconnecting them when not in use is a good idea, when you consider that if your electric dryer runs 4 hours per week, over the course of a year that's equivalent to about 100 wall warts, you're better off concentrating on large loads like ...
Posted By Mike Curran 03-08-2022 11:47 AM
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Good one, Bill. Keep us informed on the project - hopefully your letter makes a difference. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil Plant Mgt. joacchim57@gmail.com ------------------------------
Posted By Mike Curran 01-31-2022 02:05 PM
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If you're not home for days at a time, then another's suggestion to set the tilt angle at 90 degrees in winter is the best solution. Otherwise, even with panels set at 60 degrees (as in the photo) snow will stick until you get a sunny day when eventually the sun will take care of it. ------------ ...
Posted By Mike Curran 01-06-2022 10:24 AM
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You could reduce your federal tax withholding by the amount (or a bit more) that you expect to be credited from your install. It's been awhile since I've done this but I believe you use a W-4 form. ------------------------------ Mike Curran Retired from (dare I say it?) Fossil Plant Mgt. joacchim57@gmail.com ...
Posted By Mike Curran 12-31-2021 10:16 AM
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These don't appear to be anything new. This article shows Sunpower's thin film panels are actually those made by Maxeon, so it seems they are thin film panels, not rigid ones requiring an extensive mounting structure. https://www.solarfeeds.com/mag/top-flexible-thin-film-solar-panels-in-the-usa/ -- ...