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Posted by Bobbi on February 4, 2004, 11:12 am
 
On 3 Feb 2004 19:24:42 -0800, dj_macintyre@hotmail.com (DJ) wrote:


Depends upon where you are. Our wind gen is at 30 feet and it works
great for us. Of course we are in an open meadow and the gen is right
in the path of ferocious winter winds. It's been running merrily along
for us now for almost 5 years. :-)

Posted by DJ on February 5, 2004, 12:23 am
 

Ten feet higher would be better for you, statistically, but I bet
thirty is fine ;-). It's just a matter of ground "noise". I think it
was in Homepower Magazine a while ago, a study, might have been
Sagrillo that did it, on efficiency versus height. 40 was good, 60 was
something like 20% better, as was eighty, and then 100. 120 wasn't as
much of an advantage.
 Glad it's working for you, though!

DJ

Posted by Bobbi on February 4, 2004, 11:09 am
 On Tue, 3 Feb 2004 16:11:18 -0500, "Mark & Mary Ann Weiss"


We have our panels mounted on an old satellite dish stand (with a new
motor in it) and are using Duane's nifty tracker which works like a
charm!! Go to www.redrok.com and check it out. Our panels now follow
the sun!

If you want to see what we are doing check out our web site at
www.ntcnet.com/~moonstrk


Do a net search you'll find a lot of them. We have an Air 403 and it
works great for us here (1/2 mile to nearest neighbor, on a plateau
and wind galore in the winter especially).

Good luck with everything.


Posted by Steve Spence on February 22, 2004, 4:40 pm
 Plasma monitors are power hogs. LCD monitors pay for them selves in 2.5
years in avoided energy costs.


--
Steve Spence
Renewable energy and sustainable living
http://www.green-trust.org
Donate $0 or more to Green Trust, and receive
a copy of Joshua Tickell's "From the Fryer to
the Fuel Tank", the premier documentary of
biodiesel and vegetable oil powered diesels.

space/bank

heaving

workstations/servers.

detail.

cabinets

locally,

increases

certainly

staying

chipping


Posted by Steve Spence on February 22, 2004, 4:33 pm
 Look at ITX based computers, and skip the dc - ac - dc transformation. These
little guys use miniscule amounts of electric, especially when combined with
a single lcd monitor and a kvm switch. I built one last week as a linux
based mail/web server. 40 watt power draw. Perfect for solar power.

--
Steve Spence
Renewable energy and sustainable living
http://www.green-trust.org
Donate $0 or more to Green Trust, and receive
a copy of Joshua Tickell's "From the Fryer to
the Fuel Tank", the premier documentary of
biodiesel and vegetable oil powered diesels.

stopped

project.


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