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Posted by Eric Miller on December 28, 2003, 10:22 pm
I've always loved the idea of Solar power and a recent home purchase has
finally given me the opportunity to pursue it.  I'm just starting to
research the technology, so I'm pretty ignorant to many aspects.

I live in Maryland and I hope to install a 1 - 2 kW grid-connected system
and size it up to 3 - 4 kW over a couple of years.  I do not plan on using
any batteries.  My basic question is how much effort and money is required
to maintain a PV system after it has been installed?


Posted by SQLit on December 29, 2003, 2:55 am

grid tie and no batteries,,,, yikes. Call your utility and start the
questions there. They should be glad to help you. They are here I know.

You get to pay for all of the equipment needed for the grid tie, you get to
maintain it. You get to replace it if anything goes wrong. Oh  and you get
to certify all of the regulation at least once a year. I suggest that you
concentrate your efforts on reducing your dependence on utility power until
you have worked with these systems for awhile. IMO your making a giant leap
when baby steps are indicated ( at least to me )..... No offense intended.
I have spent 35 years in the electrical ( power) field and would never do
grid tie. Just to much work and expense for what your going to get out of
it. Cheaper to give your money away,  I would send you my address,,,,, humor

Posted by Eric Miller on December 29, 2003, 3:32 am
 Thanks for your thoughts, you bring up some good points.  If I go forward
with my solar project I realize that I'll probably never recoup my
investment.  I'm just wondering how much extra expense and  bother will be
involved after the initial outlay.  Alternative energy certainly isn't a
necessity in my case, I think I have to approach this as more of a hobby.
Maybe I would get more for my money and incur fewer headaches by investing
in a solar water heater system.  As a family of five, we probably expend a
good deal of energy just heating water.



Posted by offgridman@cs.com on December 29, 2003, 7:34 pm
 Solar water heating will be a better return on investment if that is the
main criteria for your selection.

Myself, I love PV and thing the rest of the population should experience
what is just now becoming affordable in this low polution electrical
energy source.


Eric Miller wrote:

Posted by SQLit on December 29, 2003, 11:32 pm


I will be surrendering my solar hot water system in February, this house is
sold. New house maybe. Solar water heating I figure is worth the effort.
Especially here in Arizona. It is so nice to spend long showers knowing that
very little fossil fuel when it its production. I figure on a yearly basis I
get about 75% of the hot water supplied by the sun. Watch out in the summer
time it really works well then.

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