Do You Generate Solar Power

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    roadrunner

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    Curious how many here have solar power panels on their roof tops to generate power for home use?

    I'm curious, because I keep seeing articles that claim how cheap solar power has become. Is this true?

    Do you feel it has paid for itself? And how long did it take for that to happen?
     
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    Rajesh Sethi

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    Battery costs more!
     
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    We looked into it and found that, as Rajesh said, the storage battery is expensive. Also the panels and installation were costly.
    However, about a mile from us a solar energy generating plant is being installed. A company bought about 20 acres and are putting in solar panels. They will sell electricity on the grid when they get set up. We'll look into their pricing and may switch companies.
     
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    I am a ham radio operator and use solar power for my equipment. Most new rigs run on 12 volts and will run right off the battery bank. When I want to fire up one of the older 110 volt AC rigs I use an inverter. All the power equipment except the batteries and power regulator came from Harbor Freight and has worked flawlessly.
     
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    zigs Naughty Cactus Moderator Moderator

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    I got panels and a wind generator.

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    I am similar to Zigs As I power my Caravan By wind and Solar & store it in Battery's Got the panels Cheap off eBay as they where second hand & look vary much like they came off a light house. The windmill came off a boat and cost me 20pounds I'd imaging it would of cost more like 500 new:) The expensive bit was the Batteries, but as they been in about 6 years now they have Been worth the investment & still work like new(y)
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I wouldn't say it is cheap, but as it continues to become more and more popular, the prices go down. It'll also become more efficient as technology continues to improve on it.
     
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    Esther Knapicius

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    would like to, but too many shade trees.
     
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    Never even thought of a situation like that. Leave it to California to have a law about it!
     
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    If anyone is really interested in learning more about alternative power a great way would be to join a "makers" group.
     
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    We have 28 panels on the huse, but here you tie into the electric grid and they bank your output, then let you draw on the excess during the winter to offset the shorter days. It's called "net metering" and is very popular in this area because you don't need storage batteries. We haven't paid for power in three years. We also have solar chargers on most of the heavy equipment so there's no problem starting things in cold weather. Backhoes, skidders, loaders,and dump trucks all seem to do well with them.
     
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    Another alternative to explore is wind energy. Some of the more creative folks I know have taken propellers and attached them to car alternators to charge batteries.
     
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    We also have a small hydro generator at the outlet to the pond that uses an alternator and battery to run the chicken coop.
     
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