Solar Power?

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  1. Ranger-1

    Ranger-1 New Member

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    Solar Power

    Anyone out there have it, Thinking of going for it, Any bad things about it? Please no jokes, Ya I know no sun no power....lol

    Batters stay good or die out quick? Needed to replace often?
    Money wise, is it worth it?
    Spend about $85.00 in elect each month in the winter and $165.00 + in the summer I love my AC...

    I live in the desert, Hot in the summer, Dam cold in the winter.....
  2. Bobitis

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    Look into passive solar. In the desert it would be a great idea.
  3. Ranger-1

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    What is passive solar?
  4. jack404

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    how about a solar powered wind generator ??

    no foolin 16-18 hours a day of pwer generation and plenty of stored battery power too

    if your interested let me know

    cheers

    jack
  5. Ranger-1

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    Let me know....
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    If your bills are that low I don't think the cost of a full solar setup would be a good idea. You would probably be better served by putting that money into closing up any air leaks in your house and adding a radiant barrier in the attic or an energy star metal roofing material that will reflect the heat from the sun.
  7. Bobitis

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    Instead of using solar to power grids of electrical cells and batteries, use it to heat things (heat sinks). I did a thesis paper on it many years ago in college and got one of two A's in my class.

    There's a ton of research/info out there.
    The internet is your friend.

    There will be construction costs, and tons of ways to go about it.
    A commmon misconception is when living in the desert, you'ld think the summers would offer no relief from the heat. Not so. You can actually use the sun to cool your home.
    It just needs to be built correctly.

    I spent hundreds of hours doing research in the college library (no computers back then). The research was half the fun. There's so much info out there, and after 25 years, it's got to be better that what I had.
  8. jack404

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    here it is

    its a powerpoint presentation thats been zipped

    cheers

    jack

    Attached Files:

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    If you want panels...I'd wait for just a bit longer. They have developed cells that can absorb many different light frequencies now. I'm not sure if they've gone into production yet, it was maybe a year, 1 1/2? They are compact and flexible too...can "wrap" around corners if necessary.
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  10. Marlin T

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    That is way cool Jack, thanks!!
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    now if i could just finish the sucker

    a small one runs my place the 3 neighbours and all thier shearing sheds and pumps in south Australia

    it cost $35 K AUD to build but replaced 4 generators that cost $45K a year in deisal to run

    the most expensive part was getting someone to bend the polycarbonate and i'd replace that with UV stable Lexan on the next one and double the life to 35 years

    anyone know any alternate energy companies who'd like to look at this?? i aint after millions just some jobs

    cheers

    jack
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  12. Silencer

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    Have it in a format other than PPT? I'm interested in viewing your stuff.
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    sorry mate not really

    what other formats are there??
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    No clue. I only use my PC for regular internet stuff. I'm not a "PC Guy."
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