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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Solar Array (34 panels, 11.9 kW). The total cost of $33,977 is fully paid for without having to borrow. Our objective is to produce or offset 90% of our energy needs. Thanks to the … Continue reading
Tuesday, representatives from Oakdale Electrical Co-op inspected and commissioned our new solar generation. Bob from Ethos was on hand to explain and then finish programming the system, including wifi monitoring. The array was online — grid connected — around noon and has been producing since. With mostly sunny weather, we are getting 75-80 KiloWatt hours/day generation, which is more than we use during the day and offsets what we use at night. Excess day production is sold to Oakdale for around 6 cents/KWhr, while we purchase from Oakdale at about 11 cents/KWhr when our array isn’t producing. We will have to wait and see how much summer earnings cover winter usage and fees. So far, we remain happy with the decision to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.
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David, the solar project’s master electrician, and Shane from Ethos were here Tuesday to complete the wiring among panels and the connection to the main electrical panels on back of guesthouse. These cover all our buildings in the vicinity: founder’s … Continue reading
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Delayed by the snow storms of April’s first half; then, after a quick melt with dry, sunny weather; the solar installation started April 25th. On hand were Alicia the main contractor, Shane, Eric, Isaac, and Shayna. All the work went … Continue reading