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Old 06-06-2010, 10:41 PM   #341 (permalink)
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SMAridge01: I'm still grid tied. I do have battery backup so I could go off grid in the future, as well as for back up in case the grid goes down, like during a hurricane. To date, I'm generating over three times as much power as I'm using, so I am selling power back to the power company.

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Old 06-06-2010, 11:55 PM   #342 (permalink)
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SMAridge01: I'm still grid tied. I do have battery backup so I could go off grid in the future, as well as for back up in case the grid goes down, like during a hurricane. To date, I'm generating over three times as much power as I'm using, so I am selling power back to the power company.
This is a great success story. Please share some of the details with those of us sitting on the fence about installing on of these systems.

What was the total cost? What did you get back in rebates, tax writeoffs, etc.?

When do you feel you will reach the break even point savings vs, cost of the system.

What type of batteries do do you have and what are the potential maintenance problems and possible hazardous substances involved?

Generating three times what you use. Pretty good. Is that based on a peak or a 24 hour average?

Not doubting your claims but it would be nice to see about a years worth of electric bills before the installation of the PV system and as many as you have after installation.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:57 AM   #343 (permalink)
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:06 PM   #344 (permalink)
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:24 AM   #345 (permalink)
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Taredog:

I have a bunch of articles on my website that discuss the system in detail, but as I understand, I'm not yet allow to post any links.

The system cost about $26,000 and was commercially installed. I'm getting 30% back from the federal government as an income tax credit. I'm also on the waiting list to receive $8000 back from the state of Florida as a rebate if and when they get more funding. I have generated more than three times as much power as I've used total since the system was finished being installed back in January. My electric usage was incredibly low (for a US household, not so impressively low compared to households in other industrialized countries) before I installed the system, typically about 1100 kW-hr a year. The rest can wait until I'm allowed to post links.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:55 PM   #346 (permalink)
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...you close to Ardencaple, Ayr or Prestwick?

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Old 06-13-2010, 03:52 AM   #347 (permalink)
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:28 PM   #348 (permalink)
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My real passion is long range drives. Used to "commute" back and forth btw 29464 and 11010, 757 miles door to door. My records were 36.5 mpg and 10 hrs and 15 minutes! OF course these 2 records were exclusive of each other! Current "commute is 275 miles btw 03911 and 10017. 4.5 hrs and 36.88 best so far.

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Old 06-13-2010, 04:11 PM   #349 (permalink)
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:24 AM   #350 (permalink)
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...you close to Ardencaple, Ayr or Prestwick?

...recognize the clan motto: "Dulce Periculum?"
I live about 3 hrs from Ardencaple, and just over an hour from Ayr and Prestwick. I was born in Ayr and lived in Prestwick at the time and moved to Ayr shortly afterwards. I wasn't aware of the MacAulay clan motto but google is very helpful . I see your AGM is in Pitlochry this year. I love Pitlochry. It's a cracking place to explore the highlands from.

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