Thanks Harry. Your experience with wide ranging aspects of
buildings has put you in a good position for taking care of your
In the US, there are regions like New England where there is an
attitude that is radically different than in more southern states
like Texas...Only in the larger cities, like Dallas, do the
I live in a wilderness area about 100 miles south of Dallas, and
we don't have many restrictions. Of course, if we burn our own
house down, we have ourselves to blame :>)))....
Those on this newsgroup that try to make the task sound like
some big deal have probably never heard of Heathkit, which sold
kits for homebuilders from receivers/transmitters to color televisions
for many decades. As a youth, I put togheter several kits of signal
generators and transmitters. Even a non-trained lawyer, doctor,
plumber, or dental hygienist could build their own color television
(in 1960) if they just followed the directions and checked their own
work.... That's the environment I was brought up in.... and
me, a PV array is child's play compared to an NTSC color
Actually, Heathkit's first kit was an airplane, which any
intelligent bicycle mechanic could put together and fly.......It all
on the integrity of the design and the completeness of the
Well, good luck and thanks again for the rundown of your
system.... It seems that you are getting a much better deal from
your government than we are over here, tho the rebates that some
posters claim are pretty good.......
However, I'll keep my 50K in the bank and pay my 10.5cents per
kwh . :>))))
Andy in Eureka, Texas .
One of my aunts, a high school physics teacher, built a Heathkit stereo
amp kit back in the 1960's and had no problem with it. Heck, there was
a time you could order a complete house kit from Sears so you could
build your own home. ^_^
Having to cut back shading can be a major issue. Several years ago a
test was done in North Fl I think near Jacksonville. Trees were
removed or pruned to allow the sun to get to solar panels mounted on
the roof. Net results were higher energy cost caused by the loss of
shade. Planting trees sounds like it may be more benificial than
installing solar arrays when used in areas where solar arrays would
operate most effectively. This doesnt surprise me since using solar
energy to directly heat something has always proven to be morre
efficent than using it to generate electricity via photovoltaics. Now
the question becomes more complex than just whether or not to install
photo-voltaic but whether to spend my money on super insulating my
home, adding solar water heaters, planting trees or maybe adding
reflective shingles on the south facing side of my house. How do I
figure out what is the best way to go?
Harry, I like that idea a lot. In my case, I put the array on my
barn since the wife didn't want a mess on the roof, and I was
only doing it on a small scale experiment anyway....
I still have the PV arrays, and have moved to a retirement house
where I have a garden, and am considering hooking them back up
to run a small irrigation pump for the garden... But, just messing....
I have no confidence in the economics of trying to run the house
with such a system....
Thanks for your input...
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Also don't forget that many states that have promised rebates have
defaulted on them. That would be a hell of a shock to my budget if I
had installed a system and counted on that money being there. I ve had
my roof replace twice in 20 years due to storms, First time was a
tornado and recently hail damage. Also over the years that have been
other hail storms that didnt damage the roof but probably would have
damaged the photo cells. I had actually planned on installing a system
at one time so I checked what it did to the value of my home. The
effect was pretty much neutral basically depending on how the buyer
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