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Mid-Winter Update on Solar Power

We had some actual, much needed rain in December 2014, so power generation was reduced. Obviously the shorter days and lower sun angle also reduce solar power production in the winter. We’ve had our mid-December to mid-January bill, and so far we still have a credit with SoCalEd. It’s pretty ( more… )

Solar Gadget Charger Update

Here is an update on my home made solar gadget charger. A new voltmeter is on its way, expected to have greater brightness in mid-day sun. Meanwhile the professional solar installation on our roof is producing over 100kWh daily at this long day time of year. It’s all good.

Home Made Solar Motion Floodlights and Gadget Charger

Using found materials whenever possible, I have cobbled together various bits to make a solar powered gadget charging station with two motion detecting floodlights. It’s a very unimportant project, but it keeps me from playing in the middle of the street. The metal box was originally a sonar fish finder ( more… )

IRS Catches Up, Solar Update, EV Update

Here is an update on our grid-tie solar installation. The IRS has finally caught up with us, by having enough taxes withheld last year to finish applying our tax credits for our solar photovoltaic system. So that’s nice! We did finish our mid-February to mid-March SoCalEd billing period with a ( more… )

As Equinox Approaches We Produce Net Power

As we approach the Spring Equinox the days are nearly as long as the nights. This allows sunlight to strike our solar panels for more hours per day, and it also means the angle of our panels to the sun becomes more favorable. When you have a solar photovoltaic system ( more… )

Geek Hill Net Producer For Current billing Period

With the longest day of the year approaching and the sun climbing higher every day, we have also had moderate temperatures most days this month allowing our power production to exceed power consumption every day during the current billing period. On average we have put 26KWh of power onto the ( more… )