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Old 01-27-2013, 9:01 AM
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Any good source for those? Was thinking about installing those on my house just to be a tad self sufficient.
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Old 01-27-2013, 9:56 AM
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Costco has the solar panel kits on their website, Fry's sells the Windmils in the store. Good Luck!
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Be aware of the state and county regulations in CA for wind turbines. I have heard that you cannot have them in CA unless you are on a lot of at least 1 acre in size. Not sure if this is true because I haven't looked into installing one.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:18 AM
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Any good source for those? Was thinking about installing those on my house just to be a tad self sufficient.
Depends what your definition of self sufficient is. Do you want to be able to keep your refrigerator running if the power goes out? For how long? You need to scale the batteries to support the duration you want to be able to provide power. Adding the wind turbine is a good idea - I don't think I got any charge the last 3 days - crappy weather in SoCal. But I am also not in a good place for wind power so I don't have one. Point being you should have or plan on a generator if you really want to be covered. You can save a lot of money the more you can do yourself. I installed 3kw worth of panels about ten years ago - I had a solar contractor come and do the grid tie part but saved a ton doing all the panels and inverter install.

On the inverter side consider whether it supports automatically starting your generator if the batteries are getting low - this may be a higher end feature but it's nice to know if stuff happens while you are out of town the system will take care of it.

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Check google for your local wind speeds, don't expect Union to be friendly with you getting off the grid nor approve your install to connect to the net.

Standalone sys, odds are fair to build your own system.

Consider a boat sized spinner, about $1500 will get you something efficient in the 40" size. A helix is a cool twist.

Don't go cheap on an inverter, buy quality and get better efficiency and reliability.

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I have a Skystream 3.7 and whisper from Southwest windpower. They work great and at the time had very good incentives. You have to be in a good location though. The 3.7 has an integrated inverter so you can wire it directly in to your houseline.

Since I installed it, did the foundation and engineering it really only costed me $8k. Normal installations are around $21k. I have a lot of water pumps, lighting, and machinery on my property so it has been very cost effective. Especially since PG&E raised rates on tiers 3 & 4.

The whisper powers my battery system, and dc aparatuses in my chemlab.

I also have a very old wind turbine from Southwest that came with my sailboat. but it is old, and loud...sounds like a helicopter taking off. So I dont use it, the others are very quiet though.


Solar system have changed immensly and you can beat most wind turbines in production and cost now....and you don't have all the legal hurddles that getting a wind turbine does.
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The whisper powers my battery system, and dc aparatuses in my chemlab.
Chemlab? Whatchoo cookin' up there?
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Chemlab? Whatchoo cookin' up there?
He could tell ya, but then...
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Chemlab? Whatchoo cookin' up there?
I do contracting for various companies concerning fuel cell membranes, and reformers; and fischer tropsch syn fuel generation research. I also do lube oil analysis for a variety of high speed berring applications in the marine and tech industry.

DC is used in a lot of reactions and equipment.


Its also a great way to have fun and explore.
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arizona wind and sun

http://www.solar-electric.com/
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I got two panels from Costco and very happy with them. They are used to charged my 5 Costco Deep Cycle batteries...
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I've always had this dream of building a solar (and maybe even fireplace) powered stirling generator. Maybe one day...
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I do contracting for various companies concerning fuel cell membranes, and reformers; and fischer tropsch syn fuel generation research. I also do lube oil analysis for a variety of high speed berring applications in the marine and tech industry.

Its also a great way to have fun and explore.
Cool job you have. I've always had an interest in chemistry, dabbled in the pharmaceutical-kind when I was younger, but more interested in energetic materials now...
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http://www.solarblvd.com/

Done business with this place, highly recommend them. Plus you can get panels for around $0.70 - $0.80 per watt.
They are located in southern california and depending on where you live, you might be able to pickup the panels at their store saving a lot of money vs freight shipping.
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