On Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:08:12 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
From what I see the only real thing that changed was the government's
attitude on monopolies. Evidently they are just ignoring them. At the
rate we are going we are going to end up with 2 or 3 unregulated phone
companies instead of the 2 or 3 regulated ones we had before 1978.
The situation with Microsoft and Apple/Linux et al is certainly
analogous to IBM and tit's competitors in the 60s ... or even the 50s
when the first anti-trust suit was filed.
The real problem with solar or wind being a significant part of the
grid is that you still need virtually 100% of the generating capacity
available to kick in at a moment's notice unless you are willing to
tolerate brownouts and blackouts when a cloud comes over or the wind
In fact if you watch wind turbines for any length of time you will see
them feathering the turbines to handle load variations while the
fossil plants continue to run.
You are also going to have your whole grid running at the mercy of the
maintenance habits of thousands of homeowners. I wonder what the
reliability rate will be in the out years. You can hate the evil
utility all you like but they do have better maintenance regimens than
the average homeowner and they are better equipped to recover from a
The unsolved problem with automotive alternators is a horrible
efficiency ratio. With a petrol engine providing massive amounts of
power for a relatively small alternator draw, they do not care much
about how efficient it is. The automotive A/C units have the same
It is the amount of lost power they give up. There are several
articles on the green power web sites explaining this.
I was surprised myself. It looked like an easy solution and if maximum
efficiency is not your goal they are cheap.
Good plan. Regarding the gun: get two. A long gun and a pistol.
Also hoard a vast quantity of ammunition, at least a thousand rounds for
In a complete breakdown of society, ammunition is the new gold.
With sufficient bullets, all other things are obtainable.
yes. they're warranteed to produce 95% of rating at the 25 year mark. mine
are made by one of the largest producers in the world, so i'd expect them to
be around for that long.
it's the same warrantee as any other electrical component; limited to
equipment replacement, not warranteed for any other expenses or losses. it's
covered by normal home owners insurance (hail, loss, theft, fire, etc).
my panels went through a hail storm last fall, which is very rare in my
area. golfball sized. no damage at all.
It is plenty if the sun can keep the batteries up during the day and I
have modest usage at night. My only interest would be for enough power
to keep a fridge and a water pump going after a hurricane.
Maybe a little extra power for a TV.
That is 9 KWH or so. That is why I was looking at the 2300W system. In
an off grid configuration it would bring my batteries back from dead
in a day with some left over.
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