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Solar Savings – Am I getting jaded?

August 4, 2018

I gotta say, I was a little disappointed in my electric bill this month. The electric utility ONLY owed me a small amount. Which is why this is so crazy! Any normal person would be ecstatic to GET money from the power company instead of owing it! I think I finally hit the point that […]

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Solar Ammo Can Disconnect Switch

July 26, 2018

On the original Solar Ammo Can project, I got a few questions about a battery Disconnect Switch. “Don’t we need one?” Well, the answer is NO, but let’s discuss this deeper. Many battery chargers can become a slow drain on a battery if they are left permanently connected, but are NOT powered up. That’s not […]

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Solar Monitoring

July 9, 2018

I LOVE my garage solar array! The only thing I don’t like is the fact that I can’t see how much power it’s making RIGHT NOW! Sure, I have software which gives me TONS of info about the system, but it requires a computer or smart phone, internet access, and username and password. Can’t I […]

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June 2018 Solar Savings

July 6, 2018

I’m weird. I know it. I look FORWARD to getting my electric bill. On the other hand, it’s gotten much easier to take knowing that it’s most likely that the power company OWES ME! In this month’s electric bill, not only did I NOT have to pay, but the electric utility owes me $18.07. That’s […]

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Ikea Solar and EV Charging

May 17, 2018

Yesterday was the Grand Opening of the Ikea Store in Oak Creek! Was I there for flat pack furniture or meatballs? Nope! Although I did try the meatballs… I was there to show support for their EV Charging stations, and nearly 5,000 solar panels on the roof of the store! This store is not particularly […]

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Spring Electric Bill

May 3, 2018

I was pretty excited today to get my electric bill in the mail. Excited? Yes. While most people don’t ENJOY the prospect of shelling out their hard-earned cash, I installed SOLAR POWER last summer. It’s finally turned to spring in south-eastern Wisconsin, and the weather meant that I was finally producing some decent power once […]

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Spinning the PowerMeter Backwards

April 29, 2018

Spring has returned to Wisconsin. Although we had a blizzard last week, we are finally in clear skies and warming weather. In fact, it’s been almost ideal weather in my area for solar power production lately. My garage has 24 solar panels, each paired with an Enphase brand micro-inverter which can output up to 225 […]

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Solar Ammo Can

March 2, 2018

With my recent work in solar, quite a few people have started asking me about designing small BATTERY-based solar systems. I thought it would be nice to work on a project demonstrating basic solar battery charging principals, and at the same time, have a handy and useful project when I was done. Thus, the Solar […]

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Snow Rake for Solar Panels

December 11, 2017

A few days ago, we got the first snow storm of the year. Not a big deal, but that was the first snow we had since I installed the solar array on my garage. I found that using a broom, even from a ladder, I could only clear the lowest of the three rows of […]

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Snow-cover on my Solar Panels!

December 9, 2017

I woke up this morning to a gray half-light, and a blanket of snow covering everything…. including my solar panels! Hmmm. What would this do to my solar power production? To find out, I thought I would clear the snow off as many of the panels as I could and see what the difference would […]

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