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Budget solar install

+28-23   I love seeing how other people do their solar systems, especially those who create and maintain their systems on a shoestring budget, which is how we do things around here. A quick search on YouTube for solar power netted … Continued

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Solar powered pyramid

00    Ever see an off grid pyramid? Well you are about to. This is the video story of Greg Grant, who began his off grid existence slow and small. He didn’t put a lot of money into his project. … Continued

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Utilities enter the Death Spiral

00   Electricity and water rates are set to rise sharply because so many households and business are now generating their own power and managing their own water supply. The Utility company fixed costs are not going to change however many … Continued

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UK solar homes pass 500,000

00   Recent data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that nearly 460,000 homes across the UK have solar panels installed, and that does not include off-grid homes, since these do not show up in official stats. … Continued

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Energy from neighbors, not utilities

0-1   A new study reported by Northwest Public Radio has found a growing trend for small wind turbines in the USA. These are mostly single turbines in people’s backyards, on farms, or supplementing power for businesses. Meanwhile in China, Xinhua … Continued

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Solar Charge Controllers

00   If you have a simple off-grid setup with just one panel or even a few solar panels and several batteries, the other vital ingredient is a charge controller that regulates the power going from the panel to the battery … Continued