Tim the Plumber wrote:
I am very interested and impressed by your solar power information.
What do you have and how much does it produce?
Main system,8-75W Astropower glass panels on a Wattsun full tracking array to a 100 Amp power center w/lightning protector, 8-L16S batteries in 2-24VDC banks to two com linked DR2424 (Trace) inverters in custom attached shed to a standard panel inside. Power max. winter 3 KWH, summer 4.2KWH/day. Actual total power use all systems is 2.5-4KWH day, storage is for 3 days @2.5 KWH/day+, no sun. All L-16S batteries 390-410Ah. 2-4KW Generac backup generators.
Garage (attached) addition system, 366 watts of unbreakable Unisolar fixed panels to a Trace C-35 controller to 4-L16S batteries in 2-12VDC banks to A Xantrex X-Power 300 inverter to a sub panel and selectable ProSine1000 to GFI receptacle and extension cords to a number of guitar amplifiers, and effects pedals. Max power winter 1.4 KWH, summer 2.2 KWH/day.
Earthship system, 158 watts fixed on 1x1 aluminum custom mounts like the garage, to a C12 controller and 2-L16S batteries @12VDC to either a 300 watt puresine or a 75 watt fanless puresine inverter, hooked w/alligator clips to the fuzed pos, and neg lugs from the batteries. 5 outlets and 3 lights, 1 switched 12VDC Shurflo pump from the 425 gal catchments tank. More guitar amps. Max power winter .6 KWH, summer .9 KWH/day.
Plumbing is from a 280 ft. deep well into several fissures for 1.25 gpm w/1hp pump(232VAC), pressure
tank, whole house filter, 2 showers, 1 bath tub, 2 low flush toilets, 2 vanities, kitchen double sink, Staber clothes washing machine in bath #2, demand hot water propane heater, 3 vents, 2 lines to 1600 gal. septic tank and standard leech field.
Earthship has recessed floor drain for solar shower, vanity w/full filter from pump & garden drain, front garden has perf pipe to T from shower drain to T w/house foundation drain to rock pit overflow drain field. Copper to front garden hose bib, also ground for electric. Front Earthship garden 21' x 2.5', three gardens 4'x2.5' in from 3' walkway. 194 sq. ft. solar thermal gain glass at 12/6 angle.
Main custom house 624 sq. ft. frame/log siding asphalt shingle roof,1BR,1Ba, vaulted w/wall custom openings, Cozy heater. Custom addition 333 sq. ft. garage(w/pull down stairs and sq. ft. covered floor storage in attic), 1BR,13/4Ba/Lndry 240 sq. ft. hybrid frame rammed earth tire, BR hip vault, the rest flat clgs., wood stove. Custom Earthship 700 sq. ft. acrylic roof, interior 454 sq. ft. + 92 sq. ft. gardens, storage under custom tank platform/cabinet, shelf/rod system, futon bunk bed, Biolet NE composting toilet, 8 custom niches w/tile trim and other embellishments, wood stove backup. Up 3' and 6' from main house/addition, floor elevation 8,876'MSL, 39* N. lat. 120 sq. ft. framed full hipped custom storage shed.
Also, portable 50 watt mono-crystaline panel and portable 600 watt sine wave inverter for 4WD locations to hybrid vehicle 12VDC battery and extension cord to large guitar amps in natural settings for heavy acid rock/blues/metal music.
Trades done for own home: design, engineering calculations, plans drawing, location layout, backhoe/loader operation, underground plumbing, concrete forms, pour and finish, frame, finish, cabinetry, and remodel carpentry, rough and finish interior and exterior LP gas lines, drywall, tape, texture, paint and staining, roofing, rough and finish plumbing, rough and finish electric incl. solar, solar mounting, insulation, all window and door installations(incl. custom notched timber frame, angled, front Earthship windows), rammed earth tire const. done w/self invented reinforced course pour method, stucco, mechanical/wood stove installation, flooring, tile, stone retaining wall, and landscaping.
No electric bills and no mortgage payment---priceless!!! http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v699/ ... d%20Solar/