Is off-grid electricty stable?
In a word, absolutely!
Since I generally work in the field of electronics, there's much that
requires stable electricity around me. Computers, lights, security
cameras, freezer, dvr, server, modem/router, washer/spinner, and more
run for free, as already stated. But even those items that are not
ordinarily used every day also run perfect such as saws and drills and
weedwhacker and compressor and soldering irons and blender and food
processor and bread maker and basically the adjustment period is over
in Ohio for the most part ';-)
Solar panels aren't prone to fail. I've lost one in over a
decade....a tree had to fall on it at the Crow's property located 1335
North Limestone St. in Springfield Ohio.
However, the loss showed me just how durable the panels really are.
Only ONE panel broke!
About the only item you'll ever need to replace in an off-grid
power system are the batteries; every 5 or more years the batteries
may begin to depreciate. At which time, replacing them is a real
treat. I'm on my second round of a total change-out. However, the
first batteries WERE NOT crapped-out at all. Fact is, I had to sell
most of them at the Crow residence just to make ends meet (that old
building was not at all good for me so the time-frame of eventuall
replacing all the batteries doesn't count).
Contrast the investment with the yearly amount you will have thrown
away to an entity that may bribe with their "lobbyists" (that bring
bagfuls of money to "our" representatives curtailing their better
ethics, manipulating their decisions), and you have aided and abetted
your own demise as the monopoly raises its rates at will, and send
your children off to create their wars, their invested interests.
Choose to leave something good behind on this earth that will outlive
you and me so as to not be so easily forgotten after your death.
As it turned out, the inability for me to "legally" place the
panels on the roof as I was free to do down in Florida, turned into a
blessing....bye-bye snow. Push-broom works perfect. The
photo on the left has not been cleaned off yet.
There are three main types of solar panels presently:
(costs more, usually yields more) Polycrystalline
(costs just a tad less than the monocrystalline panels, and under certain
conditions will even out-produce the Monocrystalline) Amorphous
(these are the least costly panels and usually poor producers with a
precarious shelf-life. Amorphous are the Harbour Freights Panel Kits, or
may be found in your crappy solar calculator, or some other trinket or
novelty. In a word, corporate crap. Just like many others, sold by the
programming of media, I started with the Amorphous and soon regretted
being so duped).
So the Kenny Quick-Pick Scale has:
The worst type of solar panel are the Amorphous, also referred to as
"thin-film", or "man-made material Panel"
The highest energy producers are monocrystalline. Enough said.
The first Solar Tracker has finally
been erected! It's been a long-time necessity to get a solar tracker up
and operational, but has been deferred due to the larger priorities
around here. This is one of the smaller trackers I've put together (only
200watts) but since it has the ability to always be facing the sun
whether in the morning eastern sky, or western nightfall, it will easily
rival the production of an array with double the panels.
(photos coming soon)
This Concludes the Solar
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