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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by jillianjiggs, Jul 17, 2005.
What is the best grid-tied solar system for your buck?
I'm curious/interested too. Hope someone replies to this thread!
I am interested in this too.
Here is a Mother Earth News article from earlier this year:
Also, there are many articles on solar published here:
Hope this helps.
When you say 'grid-tied' do you mean you
want pv power to supplement grid power or
are you thinking 'net metering' ie where the
local utility buys your power when you're producing
it .. in effect you get a 'credit' on your normal
electric bill for the value of the power your
pv system produced ??
I'm personally interested in the 'net metering'
approach on the assumption that my local provider
allows/offers it .. no investment in batteries
with this arrangement ..
Try bp solar. lot's of people up here have it, and they say it gives the best teck support plus price. my friend runs his house and barn on it and has 3 kids with all of the TV's and play stations and so on. more then I need
ok. do you mean battery powered solar or bi-polar solar?
Recently Mother earth news did an article saying that on the grid solar is much less expensive, less complex and less apt to break down than off the grid solar. What do folks that have those think?
I think I'd still like to be off the grid solar because there is no telling if we will be here long enough to recoup our money anyway. It's about self sufficiency too.
I have a couple Bp solar multicrystalline panels,excellent quality.BIL offgrid with Kyoceras,also very good quality.
................The economics of off-grid solar says that you intentionally purchase a piece of property with diminished value because it DOESN'T have access to the grid , telephone , water , etc. and then you use the Savings to help defray the Initial investment in a solar system that provides for your needs . Obviously , if you buy property with immediate access to the grid as your main source of power all you really need is a backup solar system to "maintain" your lights , etc. until the main power is restored . fordy..
Here's the deal. My FIL is a contractor, and is going to build a home for us. We're looking to buy enough land for a few homes, subdivide, and build on the other lots once ours is finished. We'd like to supplement our power w/ solar, and 'sell' back the extra when it is available. (it's HOT here during the summer, and the average energy bill is about $300 if you keep a 1500 sq ft home at around 75-80* during the summer months) The few solar communities built around here have sold before the models were even up. So, what would be the best system for that?
The new issue of Mother Earth News has a letter buy the man that wrote the article previously mentioned by Mid Tn Mama. He's got more info and a place you can e-mail him. He's going to put out a packet of info since he's gotten so many requests. He's even spoken to Pres Bush about this as so many "seniors" are interested. He says a person can build a home for $100,000, solar included (no land).