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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Cutler-Hammer 50A GFCI $175 Emporia level 2 direct wired charger $399 R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    What I was driving at is that the GFCI breaker is to protect personnel at the outlet. With the cost of a 250 volt GFCI breaker it might be cheaper and a safer install to buy a direct-wired wall unit. Less prone to overheating and failure as a 50A outlet and the wall unit, if UL listed, has...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Even better still would be to take out the outlet, check feeder wire type and size, and put a directly wired charge port on the wall. Failures are common with cheap outlets. ( I don't know if N.E.C. requires a 2-pole 50A GFCI for an outlet but it seems to ring a bell with me) For direct wired...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Since your car choices resemble those I've made, I thought I would add my 'two-cents". I had owned a 2015 Ford C-Max,(non-plug-in) hybrid for 8 years. One of the more dependable cars I've had. Best acceleration of any 4-cylinder I've ever had, great heater, and I could put ladders and even 10'...
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    The day the music died.

    One of the best for decades. He will be missed.
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    Starlink

    This is the new gen 3 router Starlink is offering: I bet their website shows much more info in its specifications. I have the original starlink router with cat cables running to (Unifi) wireless access points to upstairs/ downstairs and 2 detached garages. I had this equipment on-hand...
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    Starlink

    Does anyone have experience with the new Starlink router? Good, bad or otherwise? I'm wondering if it is worth the money. regards, R
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    More electrical woes

    It does sound like the utility has a "dropped" (disconnected or poor connection) neutral. R
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    More electrical woes

    Now days, due to AFCI (arc-fault) circuit breakers required in residential circuits, a separate neutral wire is run for each.
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    Starlink

    I was used to access via desktop computer and when it didn't work I checked all network and security settings to see what had changed. Thanks ponytug for the reminder. regards, R
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    Starlink

    I just got through on the phone app. Thanks for reminding me. R
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    Starlink

    Web interface for dishy. Using desktop computer. I cannot get to the router either. (192.168...)
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    Starlink

    Has anyone else using Starlink having issues with using their link? I'm just getting their logo when I try to go to their site. Not showing status, network or speed test. Haven't changed settings or anything on my side. Regards to all, R
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    Solar goes positive.

    The current output of our 7.5 array. Produces about 9 mega-watt-hours per year. Net out-of-pocket cost was $9,400 in 2019.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    We are one of the few people that have both an EV and a PHEV. SWMBO got a Mitsubishi Outlander phev in 2021. It is AWD, gets about 22 miles on battery only. (The newer models get more) The AWD gives greater confidence in snowy Minnesota. This has been really trouble free and used for road trips...
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    Solar goes positive.

    My 7.5kw is going positive too. (A little harder in central Minnesota.)
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Kilowatts in electricity... or kilowatts in gasoline... or kilowatts in diesel... And then apply efficiency ratios. go figure
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Top one is a 2023 Chevy bolt EV Next one is a 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Shooterdon: We are in central Minnesota and use both a hybrid and a and an EV. SWMBO drives a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV AWD. it drives very well in snow and the heat/AC work well. She came from a Nissan Rouge and there was not a great deal of difference. Good crash ratings and depending on how...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    Here is a Momentary snapshot of power generation and use. 7.5kh solar array that generates just short of 9 mega-watt-hours per year.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    This is kinda hard to say but in summary: Residential energy rates are June-September kwh costs are 13.1 cents per kwh. Other months kwh costs are 11.4 cents per kwh. At the end of the year we get what Ponytug called a "true-up" check that is calculated at 7 cents per kwh. However...
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    Starlink

    I have not seen that but starlink has updated their unit 3 times in the last 30 days. One of these increased performance to as high as 200 down/30 up. regards, R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I won't climb into the ball-pit. I stand by my figures. You can have yours too...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Everyone has to stop drinking the orange cool-aid. see this: https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/02/the-us-added-1-2-million-evs-to-the-grid-last-year-electricity-use-went-down/ Science is not a left wing liberal conspiracy. Take all the time you need with your calculators regards, R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Re: Driving on sunshine Our home array is 20x375 watt panels, 4 years 3 months since online. Grid-tied inverter, self-installed (retired electrician). 7.5kw. This has generated about 9 mega-watt-hours per year, 750 kwh per month, 25 kwh per day. In the frozen tundra of central Minnesota. After...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Compare the land mass and population to that of Australia. The amount of solar and battery deployment there should be an example. They do well there. America's milage may vary.
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    Another brutal day in the desert

    Hope your solar array can keep the heat on... regards, R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    With all the panic about Electric Vehicles using up all that electricity I urge you to look at the ridiculous amount now being used for bit-coin generating, server farms etc. The amount and the increase in power they need makes ev charging look like a spit in the ocean. " they neither sew, nor...
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    electric vehicles

    Who you gonna believe? Says the EPA: "Nationwide, particulate matter— especially the fine particles such as those in diesel exhaust—cause 15,000 premature deaths every year." The treatments that diesel exhaust requires are not a handicap: death is. regards
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    The day the music died.

    Melanie Safka passed yesterday. "I've got a brand new pair of roller skates, you've got a brand new key' Us old hippies may remember.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Go to PVwatts.nrel.gov, enter your address and configure a solar array. You can see how many kwh you could generate in a year. You may see how I generate 9mwh per year, 36mwh in 4 years. If you don't believe in rebates, incentives or tax breaks, never look at a farmers tax return, a oil...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    My facts do not concur with your statements. Component costs are less today. See solar panel costs. My 7.5kw array has produced 36 mega watt hours in 4 years. This has effectively taken the electric bill off the table in these past 4 years. See cash flow. In about 3 months time it will have...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Here is what I did (and some of the 'why') YMMV I purchased a new 2023 Chevy Bolt 2LT $32,600 Trade-in value -9,000 Federal tax credit -7,500 State tax rebate -2,500 This...
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    Don't you think that perhaps the defense establishment is looking forward for better ways? Remember Patton's 3rd army, the tanks held up in battle by fuel woes? More recently, the Russian vehicles held up on the way to Kiev? Alternative energy could be made to be deployed for defense. Maybe...
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    I can only ask that you take a closer look at subsidies. The solar and EV and wind subsidies are minuscule when stood against existing oil, natural gas and nuclear. Take as long as you want with that. All these are out of D.C. regards, R
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    Please refer to post #30... R
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    Good for you getting your KWH usage down. We have used an average of 25KWH per day, 750 per month, 9000 KWH per year. Our 7.5KW solar array produces about 9000 KWH per year so it has been a wash, (not counting the myriad of added fees, charges and so on that make up our bill.) After doing a...
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    Will UAW Strike?

    5030, A lot wrong here but you stated that the firm you worked for "paid the union's scale". Who do you think established that? The $110,000 per year you pulled down, plus benefits in todays dollars would be more than $284,250 dollars. So maybe the UAW is not asking that much. To worry about...
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    Hosspuller, I find errors of fact and understanding of how distributed energy resources work in your description of my array. First, ALL energy resources are to some degree subsidized, rebated or credited for investment in some manner. The gas in your car, the diesel in your tractor and most...
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    Mission solar panels, (made in Texas), Solaredge inverter, optimizers (Israel)and Iron Ridge mounting racks, USA. Remainder of installation materials purchased locally. It was a priority of mine to buy American. Probably more domestic content that todays tractors or Harleys. (Just so's you know...
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    Cutting power use to the bone.

    I will challenge your statement that green energy is not real. In November this year it will be 4 years that we have had a 7.5k solar array online. At that anniversary I expect to have generated 36 mega-watt-hours of juice. About 22 kwh per day average. This has completely offset the monthly...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Our electric bill total for last year would have been about $1,800. We ended up about $230 ahead for the year. We wanted to use up excess production for a couple of reasons and this explains our move to a EV this year, ('23 Bolt). We will have a net electric bill next year but gasoline savings...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Grumpycat: Since the 2020 NEC a disconnect is required for all new installations, exterior, at the meter. Rated for voltage and interrupt level at the dwelling. I installed my array in 2019 so my new meter socket, required by the utility, did not come under this. But here the disconnect is the...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Our solar install has a bi-directional meter. One of the reasons for our purchase of EV/PHEV cars was to use up any overproduction. We will have an electric bill again but our gasoline costs will be way down. R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL AWD PHEV $34,000 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT2 $32,675 Both are sitting in our garages The conclusion to be made is we are below average or that I am the only thing getting cheaper nowadays. My wife will vote a certain way, I...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I know that battery back up and storage can double the price of a solar installation, maybe more, easily. I do not know what all the business added costs and overhead could be. I do know that I got 3 bids for a complete install of 7-9.5kw array before I installed mine ( I held a journeyman's...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Anyone choosing to install an electrical service, separately derived system, distributed energy resource or any electrical circuit or device requiring wiring is supposed to comply with NFPA/NEC. If foolish or foolhardy people connect generators, solar arrays, car chargers without legal permits...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Grumpycat: First, if you can find out where this engineer from the utility went to school and was awarded a degree from, mark it down and never let any kids, grandkids or anyone that you know that has kids or grandkids even walk by that school. This is not even close to a good safety scheme...
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    Good morning!!!!

    "Lost in the Ozone Again", "Seeds and stems" and"Hot Rod Lincoln" ...my misspent youth...
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    Good morning!!!!

    "Lost in the Ozone again"
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Grid-tied array. No battery back-up. Production meter and bi-directional meter.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    5030, I have to differ with you on the solar. My 7.5kw array produces enough electricity to take the electric bill out of our monthly budget. This is in the frozen tundra of central MN. And we get snow. The production is about 9000 kwh per year, 750kwh per month, or 25 kwh per day. (YMMV...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    "Could be powered by sunshine..." Newly purchased Chevy Bolt power usage: June: 155 kilowatt hours July: 169 kilowatt hours Solar array (7.5kw, grid-tied) production: June: 1,090 kwh July: 1,100 kwh Our house usage averages about 25kwh...
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    Solar Farm #2, dangers involved.

    The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step... When automobiles first came to be, replacing horses and buggies was not envisioned. That vision would have been unimaginable at the time. So maybe you create the next wave of energy jobs. Since August of 2022, 46 new clean energy...
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    Solar Farm #2, dangers involved.

    I second the above statement about learning on the job. The Journeyman/Master/ apprentice relationship (established largely in union training) is the most effective training in a skilled labor career that matters. As a retired electrician, I can attest to the value of hands-on learning under a...
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    Solar Farm #2, dangers involved.

    And I am aware a diesel tractor is a large contributor. R
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    Solar Farm #2, dangers involved.

    The American Lung Association released a new report explaining how if drivers stop using conventional air-polluting vehicles and the U.S. cleans up its power grid, 89,000 lives and nearly $1 trillion in health costs could be saved by the middle of the century, as reported by Grist.
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    Back to watching black and white TV

    About the old shows being in black and white, I have a confession to make. I told the kids that the entire world was in black and white until Walt Disney invented color in the 1930's. And the wonderful world of color was the first tv show in color because they couldn't make color movies or tv's...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    The 1rst of July was the first month with a fully electric EV for me. (We also own a Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid.) 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Data report from GM: "Electric Economy: 23 kW-hr/100 miles MPG Electric: 145 MPGe Miles this Report: 744 miles Estimated Gallons of Fuel...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Battery based vehicles of today... Picked up a 2023 Chevy Bolt 2LT yesterday. Sticker says 120 MPGe. Full charge estimated at 259 miles. This car replaces a 2015 Ford C-Max hybrid that had a lifetime average of 40.1 MPG. (Old car was drab grey new one is ostentatious red.) Doesn't have FSD but...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Today my grid-tied 7.5kw array (in central Minnesota, no less) made 43.4 kwh and our home, with the AC running, used 24kwh as of 8:10 pm cdst. That means a 19.4kwh net. This is one of the reasons we have a 2023 Chevy Bolt 2LT showing up on Wednesday. Since I put about 10,000 to 11, 000 miles...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    There are things you have left out of your equation. Consider that solar provides the most output when demand is highest: Time of day/energy demand. Purchasing "peaking" generator plant power is the most pricey there is for the power company. Consider the capital investments of a home solar...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I do not "rob the utility" by denying they have expenses. My monthly bill says: "For an average residential customer, 49% of your bill refers to power plant costs, 12% to high voltage lines, and 39% to the cost of local wires to your home..." There are a multitude of other...
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    Fighting 'Solar Farm' Installation

    I will use your annual market return figure: My solar array, installed by me, had out-of-pocket cost of $9,400. 9400 x 8.91% = $837.54 divided by 12 (months) = $69.80 My electric bill prior to going solar averaged double that. That bill is now gone at the end of the year. (I admit we have...
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    Fighting 'Solar Farm' Installation

    The App works. Can't defy logic or science or math. 25 KWH/day, average 25 x 30 = 750 750/month (750 x 41=30,750) (1000 KWH =1 MWH) YMMV regards, R
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    Fighting 'Solar Farm' Installation

    I have stayed out of this conversation but feel the need to post this. I have a 7.5kw solar array on a detached garage that has been producing for 41 months. To build this garage we purchased a 1 acre lot next door to our house. This lot had to be cleared of rubbish and was overgrown with...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    The reasoning behind providing any advantages to small solar, wind and alternative energy providers or any rebates for electric vehicles is to provide a voluntary incentive to adopt these technologies. It is not a mandate. These are a carrot-on-a-stick method to make it a more livable world...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    I respect you having a viewpoint. I don't share it. Your perception is your reality and you are welcome to see things as you do. Does this mean all subsidies, tax breaks, bidding advantages and any other government advantages are to be cast aside? Farmers have millions of dollars of acreage...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    The reasoning behind providing any advantages to small solar, wind and alternative energy providers or any rebates for electric vehicles is to provide a voluntary incentive to adopt these technologies. It is not a mandate. These are a carrot-on-a-stick method to make it a more livable world...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    There should be other things in the equation: Does the solar or wind producer have to support the executive and shareholders (over)compensation? Does the alternative energy producer get to sell the REC's that are produced? (Renewable Energy Credits) Many car makers sell EVs at a loss to utilize...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    Power availability at night goes down for other reasons: peaking plants shutdown, not importing purchased power from afar... EVs could be a resource to redistribute power during necessary times. R
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    Let us just say I am selling a used car and I'm buying a new car. State laws (or utility rules) will say I have to sell at wholesale and I have to buy at retail? How about a fair or negotiated price for solar or wind arrived at with a fair accounting of the costs of transmission and delivery of...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    You are correct and I wasn't careful with my phrasing. More accurately, our electric is a privately held ( with shareholders) publicly regulated utility. regards, R
  74. R

    another hiccup to going solar?

    Cannibalistic socialism I meant. A cabal is something else.
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    I have no issue with profit. I have an issue with predatory capitalism the same as my issues with cabalistic socialism. Either way the individual is harmed. See "the dramatic increase in return on investment of utility shareholders" regards, R
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    Would the incentive to go solar only be tied to installed batteries? What would the pricing look like? As a hypothetical example: Suppose you have an electric vehicle. That vehicle has 50 or 60 or 70 or more kilo-watt-hours. This means a stand by power source, as in vehicle-to-home. Or sell...
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    another hiccup to going solar?

    I do not have sympathy for the power companies "having to" pay par rates for distributed energy production. Their infrastructure and sunk-cost investments exist; are the cost of doing business for a publicly held utility. These companies profit from both the wholesale power suppliers and the...
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    My Micro Hydro Project

    KTMrider A couple of questions about the project come to mind: What voltage do the turbines generate? what voltage do the solar panels generate? Does the inverter have to 'play nice' with both inputs? Does the voltage drop on a 360 foot run require increased wire size? Is...
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    Started my solar project

    Solar Array: 7.5kw, Solaredge inverter (20-375 watt panels, on a 4/12 pitch roof) Installed in 2019: average output 25kw hours per day over this time. I sometimes clear the snow, sometimes let the sun clear it. Located in central Minnesots regards, R
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    Started my solar project

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    Anyone have a small hydro electric system?

    I am a believer in lithium battery storage but found them to be too high priced. Even with a tax credit, it was not a good fit for my grid-tied system. I bought a 5200/4000-watt inverter generator to be used in case of a power outage. We have lost power rarely here, except for intermittent...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I would love to buy an EV (Watching 2023 Chevy Bolt). I replace cars about every 8 years. A couple things stand in my way: -I am diametrically opposed to paying MSRP, or more, for a new car. I have purchased more than a dozen in my days, never have, and it just gets me in the donkey...
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    Anyone have a small hydro electric system?

    That is a great deal of power. 3000 X 24 hours equals 72 kilowatt hours per day. Solar panels: 20 X 350 watts equals 7000 watts, about 8500 kwh a year or 23 per day. That is almost 100kwh/day. My experience: 20 375-watt solar panels=7500-watt output to a 7600-watt inverter. Output is...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Before you buy your next car... Go to 'Inflation adjusted price of gasoline' Next, go to 'Inflation adjusted cost of electricity' Look at the 1978-2021 price of each. regards. R
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    THAT is the sneaky thing they don't tell you about self-driving cars.
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    Starlink

    My Starlink reception has improved in the last week or so. It used to show obstructions that would block every 3 minutes. After a software update and restart all obstructions disappeared and speed is up. Don't know if the "birds in the sky" have increased or just app improvements. Yah!
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    Yesterday. Would you buy and EV?

    "The Interstates were not built for the people that live next to them." The power grid is part of the infrastructure.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Battery cars may move power around. From Insideevs.com: "Fermata Energy, a leader in Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) services, notes that its product has been officially verified as compatible with the Nissan Leaf." (Steven Loveday) UL9741 listing approves this for bi-directional use. With the...
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    Yesterday. Would you buy and EV?

    I can say that my solar array was financed with a withdrawal from a balanced fund in Oct of 2019. With a roughly $2000 annual electric bill that is not here anymore; the rate of return is better than that money would have earned. The market fluctuations, kilowatt hour and other rate changes are...
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    Yesterday. Would you buy and EV?

    About 1952 "killer smog" took the lives of 12,000 people in England, seriously injured another 20,000. It still took them until 1956 to pass the "Clean Air Act". These kind of events in China are never brought to light So we can persist in being the frog in the pan of warming water or try to...
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    Solar Interest and Selling Power Back

    In following with the title of this thread; (but not to do with the initial question): With the gathering momentum money and interest in electric cars, it is probable that they will be common. Much is said about the coming stress on the existing power grid and all of the problem pressure...
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    Solar Interest and Selling Power Back

    I have been told that I am the only thing getting cheaper nowadays. Whatever she says, I guess. Here is latest electrical bill: 7.5kw solar array (no battery) average summer with90 degree days and humid too. I realize we use less than normal kilowatt hours but I have been on a crusade to...
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    Solar Interest and Selling Power Back

    Regarding var on a solar install: It appears that the solaredge inverter I use is correcting the PF power factor I am seeing. Does var and related power factor specifications fall into required specs for inverters put online? regards, R
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    Solar Interest and Selling Power Back

    Take a look at grid tied kits on North Arizona Wind and Sun.
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    Solar Interest and Selling Power Back

    First off, your milage may vary from mine. Second, things are 'variable' in the solar market right now. Like with today's new cars, prices may be 'harder'. Third, it is good to do your homework, check and doublecheck: Your electrical utility requirements, the local codes and zoning...
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    My solar set a new record yesterday

    Good for you! There are few things better than a credit on a utility bill. We are very happy that our 7.5 kw system takes our electric bill off the table. Happy trails to ya! R
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    You guys are very perceptive. I had the remainder of the cable in a couple of large loops. This was a case of self-induced heating and I should have thought of that. Thanks for pointing it out to me. regards, R
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    Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Maintenance run puzzle I used to load test my portable genset by plugging in a 1500w heater into each of the 120 volt outlets. No problems with this. I thought I coud make it easier. I Have a ceiling hung space heater in the garage so I connected a DPDT (doule pole double throw) switch and a...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I self-installed a 7.5 kw grid-tied system 30 months ago. Total out-of-pocket outlay was $9400. Previous electric bills were just over $2000 per year. Generate about 9100 kwh per year. (2600 sq foot house, plug-in electric vehicle and mini-split A/C) KWH rates and other charges have gone up...
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    EV or ICE- it is all about applying the right tool to the right job. Would you buy an EV? Would you buy a Lamborghini? Would you buy a quarter horse? Fit the tool to the task.
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    The vast majority of privately owned solar arrays are grid-tied. These use the utility grid for a "battery". Overproduction of AC electricity, the current that is not being used by the house, goes to the utility - makes the meter spin backwards so to speak. A Model 3 standard range charging at...
  102. R

    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    So again, Have someone read you my post. Veerry Slooowly.
  103. R

    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    Have someone read you my post. Costs are
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    The costs are variable: self-installed, contractor; local requirements, local utilities Your milage may vary from mine. The costs of solar have stayed nearly level from my install. The Outlander is a 2021. The cost of cars has gone ape****crazy. My yearly electric bill is now gone. R
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    I have the kind of set up you are talking about: 7.5kw solar array; Mitsubishi Outlander AWD Plug-in Electric Hybrid. It is a great combination. This array produces 9100 KWH per year and fully supplies our electrical requirements. We have no 'power wall' or battery yet but that will happen...
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    The inverters today are pretty efficient. Mine has a maximum inverter efficiency rating of 99.2%. A CEC weighted efficiency of 99% (The thing satisfies all grid connection standards, has anti-islanding, utility monitoring, GFDI and arc fault provisions. It appears that it also even corrects...
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    I am (painfully) aware of the power companies' impeding the alternate power, (solar etc.) deployment. Alas, the in place public utility monopolies cannot be fixed in a forum like this. The race would be won by putting legislation in place that would make the decentralization and interconnected...
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    V2G and G2V are just one part of a decentralized and interconnected grid that would make trying to "build our way out of" the possible power pinch unneeded.
  109. R

    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    The Ford 150 EV "house power" technology hints at this.
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    Today, would you buy an EV vehicle.

    Here is a consideration for you: Suppose that the same cables that charge the average 60kwh (+/-) batteries in EVs put power into the grid as well. Rather than building power plants for highest demand, power demand is mitigated by the decentralized population of vehicles in garages across the...
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    My solar set a new record yesterday

    The tax break on solar or battery storage is nothing to apologize for. This is a tax credit limited to 30% of total outlay. Many billionaires, oil companies and airlines evade taxes because of favorable structures of tax laws, made possible by lobbyists and sweetheart agreements with uncle...
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    My solar set a new record yesterday

    Iman: After applicable rebates and tax credits, (these credits directly subtract income taxes owed) this system costs outlay is paid for in less than 4 years. A utility program pays 7 cents per kw production for the first 10 years, in addition to the grid-tied production offset, (the meter...
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    My solar set a new record yesterday

    Just looked at solar production: 7.5KW Rooftop array, fixed 18 degree (4/12 pitch roof) 20-375 watt panels facing south in near central Minnesota. For May 1rst-24th avg 33.75 kwh per day, 810kwh so far For 2020 and 2021 annual total output = 9120kwh per year. 25 kwh per day average...
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    Starlink

    I tried to get a Unifi USG gateway to play nice with Starlink and it was a rabbit hole. Even had my very highly credentialed network IT pro son give it a shot. His advice was to watch if anybody has a solution on reddit else you will have to invent it yourself. So I took the gateway out of the...
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    The BEST HVAC system for your home, hands down

    Contracted for a Bryant 24000btu/h mini-split to replace a through-the-wall unit that is well past its prime. The Bryant specs say SEER:20.5, EER:13.0. Much better than the old one. Specs say it will heat down to -13 below F. (at a reduced efficiency.) Has anyone had any experience with...
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    Starlink

    Meant to say 280down/19up, 156down/7.4up
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    Starlink

    I seemed to lose Starlink for a few miutes this morning. A windows update occurred at the same time so I could not determine what caused the outage. A recap of my starlink adventure: Ordered dish: Feb 2021 Notified that I could buy dish: Feb 2022 Paid for...
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    The Way Back Machine

    So as I recall, the phone was ringing off the hook sometime before noon on a day in February, 1972. I woke. My head was pounding like the base drum in a parade. I thought, oh crap, what is going on? I was the only one home at my parents house and no one else was gonna get it. "Hello" I said. My...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    The tax credit/rebate on the $13,400 array was 30% almost $4,000 The tax credit on the plug in car was about $6,300
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    As far as electricity goes I'll just share this recipe: I self-installed a 7.5 kw solar array on our detatched garage about 2 and a half years ago. This was as big as I could go for several reasons. I did all my calculations beforehand but still was concerned that central Minnesota might not...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    This half dead simp in the corner says diesel has killed more people than electric cars ever have. Mostly innocent kids.
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    Carl_NH, Besides getting a good lift when I open the electric bill I get a kick out of taking one bill off our desk every month. And the plug-in-hybrid goes for 24 miles before the engine is needed and the it is recharged by sunshine power at home. Another bit of savings. Of course, it's not...
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    Starlink

    Dishy 2 is rectangular and the router needs an adapter.
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    I purchased a grid-tied kit (mission solar panels, USA, solar edge inverter and optimizers) and as I hold a journeyman's license, installed it myself. (Wholesale Solar in California.) Total cost for materials was about $14,400. Tax rebate reduced the cost to about $9400. I figured the payback...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    Our 7500-watt grid-tied system was connected in November of 2019. The output is about 9000 kilowatt hours per year. The performance and output in the cloud and snow-covered hinterlands of central Minnesota was a concern before this went online. It has not been a problem. The snow and ice cover...
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    Starlink

    Just got the Starlink dish 2 weeks ago. Installed on garage roof a week later because of snow issues. Initial speed tests were from 90 to 180 mbs download. Great improvement from Centurylink dsl: 6-7mbs. Waiting for the ethernet adapter for our wired network. As I am not the patient sort of...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Just want to show you a Xcel bill. less than 50 miles from Big Lake, MN.
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    LD1 May I submit for your consideration a summary of the solar array that I self-installed and it's expected payback. Keep in mind that the extreme variation of electrical utilties' rates, incentive programs, tax rebates and many other things mean that your milage may vary. Everyone should do...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    The PVwatts site shows my array is supposed to produce 9500kwh per year. 7500 watts of panels (20x375) roof mounted 19 degree roof tilt, south facing. In the 2 years I have been producing I average 9105kwh per year. We use about 9000 per year. We have snow cover from Dec. thru Feb. or more each...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    go to pvwatts.nrel/pvwatts.php for a look at solar production
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Sorry I didn't see your post till now. We Got the Outlander in March before when car prices were just starting to go crazy here. We paid 32,200 for an in- stock car (2021 SEL model) It is all-wheel drive, good for 24 miles on electic power only. This covers alot of our grocery any drugstore...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Meant PHEV, All Thumbs in the way
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Check out the Mitsubishi Outlander OHEV. We own a 2021 (usually for short trips, but will do long ones too) Well engineered, well-mannered partial EV. One tank was 110mpg. best to ya
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Before installing a standby battery bank, I would wait a bit and see if V2G takes root here. This is Vehicle To Grid and it is being done in other countries (such as Japan). This uses the electrical vehicle battery for power to a home during outages, power use during high demand times...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    And Batteries will at least double the cost. You could buy alot of generator for that kind of money.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    If I can put in 2 cents here: I calculated our previous years usage when I was considering installing solar. This was $2,025 for that year. After rebate out of pocket cost was $9,800. About a 4.8 year payback. This does not count the 'rewards' check we get every year, about $650. (This is...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    We got 3 or 4 estimates to install, all were over $30,000. This was just for my information, as I was an electrician before retirement. The self-install cost wereabout $11,000 for the panels, inverter and optimizers. (I bought these from wholesale solar, now unbbound solar) This was a...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    We have a self-installed 7.5KW solar panel system on the roof of a detatched garage. The 20 375 watt panels face south and are only shaded by east and west horizon trees (a good site). It started producing power in November of 2019. This is a grid-tied system and relatively trouble free with...
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    E bike recommendations?

    Federal E-Bike regulations. Keep a copy with your bike. Any LEO has to abide by this. Supercedes all State law.
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    Gasing Up on Sunshine

    Gale- The title "gassing up on sunshine" compels me to add my comments: About 20 months ago we put in use a 7500 watt solar array on the rooftop of a garage at our home. The output averages about 24.6 Kilowatt hours per day. This is a "grid-tied" system. Earlier this year the boss of all things...
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