Episode25

In this episode Macy grills Ryan about the details of setting up a solar array and all the decisions that go into that.  We get into how to calculate size needed, costs associated, how you can conserve power in easy ways and more!

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Ryan Mitchell

Macy Miller

Show Notes:

  • Setting up Solar
    • What types of solar are there (pros/cons)
      • electrical – What we will be focusing on
        • grid tied
        • direct coupled (source to power, no storage)
        • battery storage
        • hybrid system
      • hydro
      • thermal
    • Types of PVs
      • parallel vs in series
    • What are the components of a PV system
      • Panels
      • charge controller?
      • interconnect/breaker
      • Inverter
      • Batteries
      • electrical devices
    • How far is technology currently?
      • Overall payback period?  varies
    • roof mount vs ground mount – site considerations
    • How do you calculate how many panels are needed?
      • kill-a-watt
      • Energy survey
      • Apply watts (watt hours)
      • Volts, Amps, Watts
    • Costs?
    • General rules:  What should NOT run on solar? (or can you reduce your needs by altering)
      • Microwaves
      • hair dryers
      • heaters
      • Stoves
      • Water Heaters
      • Heat sources in general
    • What is the best kind of light to run off solar (energy wise)

 

 

1 Comment
  1. Get post! It seems like some has changed in a year. We learned that Tesla’s Powerwall is actually a pretty affordable solution for battery needs (3 grand) but the problem is getting one! I am building a cabin this summer and wanted to be totally off grid but as I get into real costs I don’t see how I could spend less than $10,000 to have energy. I just won’t be able to swing it. Problem is it will take me probably $4,000 just to tie into the grid. But at this point it might be the only option I can afford.

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