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Posted by ghio on May 14, 2009, 1:37 pm

Funny thing is that steve is right about his walking the talk.

Pity he's a lame duck when it comes to actually walking the walk. And
remember, when wayne said:

"Face it man, if you were out working on an optimized TP hanger for a
bucket toilet"

He was talking about steve's Bucket'O'Shit. What a team.

Posted by Eeyore on May 16, 2009, 3:40 pm

sspence wrote:

The group's name isn't alt.solar.photovoltaic.promotion

PV solar is an absurdly expensive and inefficient way to produce
electricity for those with grid electricity available.


Posted by user on May 16, 2009, 6:18 pm
 Eeyore wrote:

It's also a cheap way to power a small cabin off grid for under $00.00.
I stayed in one a weekend in March, powered by a couple of harbor
freight panels and a one of those booster/emergency battery packs.
It ran a couple of lights, laptop and a radio with no problem.
As price drops there will be no real reason to diss it at all.
Right now you can get panels in bulk for under $.00 a watt.

Posted by Eeyore on May 16, 2009, 7:12 pm

user@domain.invalid wrote:

What do you call a 'small cabin' and how did you keep warm ?

Obviously for off-grid essential electrical energy it can be OK as long as
the sky isn't clouded over.


Posted by user on May 16, 2009, 10:17 pm
 Eeyore wrote:

It was 15' x 20' with 2"x 8" insulated walls and 16 inches of insulation
in the ceiling. It had a tiny box stove that had all the windows open
inside of about 20 minutes.( exterior temperature 30F) It had a solar
heater shower augmented by a tank and coil hooked to the stove.
We had two CFLs* off and on from about 7:00 pm to midnight for two days,
the radio and laptop about an hour a day. The place had led lights
anywhere they might be needed as a back up ( those stick anywhere LED
push button lamps with rechargeable batteries). If the amount of
sunshine was a problem it would be a simple matter of adding more
batteries or a more powerful panel.

* 14 watts each

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