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Solar Power [Feb. 14th, 2008|11:24 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

The solar panel people are just about done with the installation of 14 panels on my roof and the inverter in the garage.

In a few hours it'll all be connected and my meter will start running backwards.

3 KW of homemade power.... love it.

[User Picture]From: mountain_hiker
2008-02-14 08:04 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Way to go green, man!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2008-02-14 08:06 pm (UTC)
Whoa, sweet! So tell me about the economics of this -- we've thought about doing this at DNA for a long time, since we have a big roof and we use all our power off-peak, but the last time we looked it was like, "it might pay for itself in 20 years".
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[User Picture]From: henry
2008-02-14 08:25 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to factor in the environmental costs of building the panels themselves, that's usually what tips the scale to the negative as far as the overall impact.
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[User Picture]From: pyrop
2008-02-15 12:17 am (UTC)
I think jwz's considering economic cost, not environmental cost. At least, he posts more about how broke DNA is more than he posts about the environment.
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[User Picture]From: dossy
2008-02-14 08:14 pm (UTC)
Do you mind sharing with us how much this install costs, end-to-end? And, what your average monthly electric utility costed you?
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From: elvenforever
2008-02-14 08:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds exciting! And San Francisco would be a good place to do it, too!

Looking forward to hearing how it all works out. :)
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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2008-02-14 08:26 pm (UTC)
luckily it's a nice day... imagine how you'd feel if they finished and it was all cloudy? ;)
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[User Picture]From: solagirl
2008-02-14 08:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thelonedragon
2008-02-14 08:50 pm (UTC)
How much is a installation like that? Is it hail storm proof?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2008-02-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
Considering you're never home, this actually might pay itself off in a decent amount of time. :)
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[User Picture]From: octal
2008-02-14 09:23 pm (UTC)
I think a bigger reason to do this than the economics is the "mmm, I have power during the rolling blackouts" feature. I'm trying to get us to put solar on our office rooftops, and might put some at my house, for this reason. The hardest part is finding space (except at SF office) for a large enough battery bank to be worth it.
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2008-02-14 10:08 pm (UTC)
Aw man, you should have gone with SolarCity, they're friends of mine, awesome, and could have gotten you a discount :P

I wish I could do like you though. Yay solar power ! Now get an electric bike or car and stick it to the oil man, man !
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From: jeffr_tech
2008-02-14 10:16 pm (UTC)
What was the total cost to you?

Electricity in hawaii is insanely expensive. For about 2kw average draw we pay $500 a month. We could maybe get our usage down to 1.5kw but that's still a lot of money for power and I'd prefer to be able to run more computers and an ac unit for the office.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2008-02-14 10:57 pm (UTC)
Homemade my butt. That power was imported. From 150Gm away.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-15 12:31 am (UTC)

But the import is an electromagnetic wave, not an electric current. I guess he runs a refinery for imported crude electromagnetism?

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[User Picture]From: jahiel
2008-02-15 02:46 am (UTC)
Friggin' awesome.

I want to play with rainwater collection and reuse.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2008-02-15 06:03 am (UTC)
start small...
pee in the shower.
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