Posted by Jim Wilkins on August 1, 2018, 10:31 pm
These people in Mt Shasta offer information and help with DIY grid tie
Posted by mike on August 1, 2018, 11:12 pm
On 8/1/2018 2:51 PM, Richard Nelson wrote:
Homework is good.
The issues that bite you in the ass are the ones you didn't consider.
Posted by Richard Nelson on August 1, 2018, 11:28 pm
Which is precisely why I read before I leap into projects where I
don't have practical experience. Reading quite frequently helps me
avoid a great number of "gotchas". I very much enjoy maps and
instruction manuals, that way I do not sprain my ankle kicking myself
in the ass.
Posted by Jim Wilkins on August 3, 2018, 12:36 am
Sorry to hear you had so much trouble with HD. I've had a custom
thermocouple probe order from Omega vanish from their system, and
tracked Amazon orders as they bounced around the country like a
pinball. A double-billing from MSC took many years to resolve. Finally
the State notified me that I had money on their Unclaimed Property
list, which was the MSC settlement.
My only experience ordering from HD has been two 100W panels last
winter and two more that arrived today, on schedule and undamaged. I
try to buy locally, paying a clerk instead of using the automated
checkout, but it's getting harder.
Posted by ads on August 4, 2018, 9:19 am
On Thu, 2 Aug 2018 20:36:39 -0400, "Jim Wilkins"
I've stopped buying solar panels online, instread getting pulls and
leftovers from local installers. I'm aware that this varies by
location, but there are lots of sources in the southeast US. I drove
about 35 miles each way for the last panels I bought (last month) but
they were 300 watt Renesola and Jinko panels for $25 each (just under
$.42/watt). Gas for my little pickup was much less than any
commercial shipper would have charged.
If there's a Craig's List group near you (check that at craigslist.org
), go to the For For Sale section and search for "soalr panel". You'll
get listinmgs for solar batteries and other things, but you can use
the Ctrl-F search of your browser to highlight the word "panel".
No promises on what you'll find or whether there will be panels
available the day you look - I've been watching for a good deal for
several months. Be sure you know what the panels you find are worth -
some people are asking Amazon new prices for used panels. Be aware
that the recent tariff changes have taken the prices of some panels up
by 20 to 50%.
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