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Posted by me on February 22, 2009, 9:28 pm
I live alone so electricity needs aren't as big as some

I currently have a south facing back porch with outside
120 vac plug in on wall of porch

I'm needing advice on small solar panel and grid tie
system that I can just plug in to that outlet to slow
meter down


Posted by news on February 22, 2009, 9:41 pm
On Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:28:41 -0600, me@privacy.net wrote:

Grid tie does not come in simple packages that plug in to an available
outlet.  You're looking at several thousand dollars (US) for any type
of grid tie system.

Your south-facing porch could provide space or water heating for much
less than it costs for a solar system that can provide significant AC

Example: Enclose the porch with glass to make a sun room, put tile or
brick on the floor (if not concrete) and use the mass of the material
to collect heat during the sunny hours.  Then use fans to transfer the
warmed air to the rest of the house after dark.

Posted by me on February 22, 2009, 11:15 pm
 news@picaxe.us wrote:

Posted by BobG on February 22, 2009, 11:18 pm
 Sounds like you need a couple of 120 watt panels from Northern Tools
and one of the 250 watt grid tie inverters from Buyers Island. I have
one, and it works, but I only have ir running from Harbor Freight

Posted by me on February 23, 2009, 1:12 am

Yes just want a "beginner" system..... not looking to
power the house.... but just slow down outside meter

You make it sound like Harbor Freight panels are not
very good. If yes, how come?

And.... is the grid tie inverter above a good one?

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