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Experiencing Germany With Three of My Nieces. Part 3 – Coburg

Having previously mainly arrived at Coburg on local trains from Bamberg, it was very novel to step out of the ICE right where we were going to.  Even better, my friend who had invited us to stay with him was … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 10: How Having Solar Has Changed My Habits

Part of why I opted for solar was that I believe strongly in minimizing my impact where I can. By putting a power supply on my property I not only have some degree of self-sufficiency (in terms of knowing I … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 9: Joining the Smartgrid

A few days ago a postcard showed up in my mailbox advising me of an impending deadline for an energy storage incentive for households with installed solar arrays. Interested, but assuming it was a scam of some nature, I did … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 8: Through the first year

It has now been 1 year since my system started producing electricity, which seems to be a good point to stop and look back over the data. System overview: The system is a 2.7 kW (DC) / 2.3 kW (AC) … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 7: Through the first cycle

Although my system wasn’t operational until late February of 2016, the planning for it really got underway at the end of 2015 and, since December marks the month with the shortest daylight period (and theoretically the lowest solar production), the … Continue reading

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Going Solar: Part 6 – The first MWh

67 days since going live and I’ve passed the 1 Megawatthour mark, even with a system which is smaller than desired. I’m glad I opted to go ahead and install the small capacity which the utility (SCE) allowed me to … Continue reading

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Going Solar: Part 5 – It works

Fortunatly for me, the time it took to get all the permits and approvals to install the system gave the utility some extra time to complete their paperwork in the background. This led to the Permission to Operate letter being … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 4: Installed, but still waiting

Yesterday I received a note from my solar project contractor that they had everything required for installation and would be on-site this morning to begin. I was unable to be home, but they said that it wasn’t necessary for me … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 3: The Waiting Game

Partly it was my own fault – by the time I was seriously looking into going solar, the holiday season was in full swing. That meant that trying to get real information and a formal quote on the system or … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 2: System Investigation

The first step of any project is to identify what is desired to be accomplished. For my solar project, I began with the following points: • Grid tied – I’m already on the grid, and my usage profile sits best … Continue reading

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