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Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Tommy, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

    I have around $4000 to invest in a grid tied system. What solar
    equipment should I buy to get me started? I want this system to be
    easily expandable, or upgradable. Maybe a wind generator. $4000 is not
    much I know, but maybe it will get my foot in the door. I will be doing
    all this work my self. I am a industrial maintenance mechanic, which
    should make this project a little easier. Any tips, and info will be
    gratefully appreciated.

    TIA Tommy
  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    If your objective is to be more 'green' (you're on-grid so you don't *need*
    to generate your own electricity), by far the best thing to do is reduce
    your CONSUMPTION of energy.

    Look at ultra insualation for example.

    Generating your own power is a horribly INefficient use of resources when
    you have grid power available. Reducing your power USAGE is the bestt hing
    you can do. Insulation is invariably the best way to do this.

  3. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

    Thanks for all the imput so far. Keep it coming. Far as being green, I
    was applying that concept since 1970 to different areas of my life.
    "Still" working on that. Solar electric is a small part of getting my
    ducks in a row.

    Solar collector, and wood furnace is in the works for my hot
    water/heating loop. My home is buttoned up. Began using CFL's around 11
    years ago. I use 3 power strips, 2 plug in timers, and daylight
    sensors. I recycle Jeeps/parts before they go to the crusher. I'm also
    an organic gardener.

    The bad! Is that I have a gas guzzling tow rig. Still use a electric
    cloths dryer for convenientence. Some other things that I'm not 100
    percent sure on yet.

    Thanks again, Tommy.
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