- May 12, 2010
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You live in a place Solar makes the most sense. So. Cal. (My condolences)...i read all of these posts, reminding me of my excitement back in 2007 when i put together my home-solar system
i learned a lot and the first thing i learned was: They're Lying To Us
as a hobby, solar energy is a lot of fun, numbers to play with, everywhere
as a system to run our country off of? let me put it this way: if we treated solar systems like we treat driving, we'd have training classes we'd be able to attend, information and systems would be standardized and plug/play systems would be the normal
but here we've got a bunch of very high IQ people and i'm simply reminded about my excitement and ignorance that led me to spend hard earned money on a system, thinking it would work as 'advertised' while in reality, i ended up with a system that taught me to no longer believe anything about solar advertising ever again
Don't Store a Fully Charged Battery, yet, i read these lithium batteries lose a bit of their charge over time, so, in a week, these batteries will no longer be in a Fully Charged State...can i store them then?
Run Times down to 10% battery charge left: I've read, lithium batteries don't like to go below a 20% state of charge yet these machines are clearly telling the consumer they're down to 10% battery charge left...so, which is it?
Lithium batteries are expected to last between 5 - 7 years, regardless of use, even a stored battery, they're predicting will eventually crap out at about 7 years they say
and the panel outputs? what do we have: 12v, 24v, 48v, 96v...and so on, systems aren't even matched across vendors but if you spec it right, you can find the parts to make it work...yet the efficiency makes me believe it's all a lie
...and i live in So Cal
Caveat Emptor, you can end up with more electronics you can't use than Carter's Got Pills and a large hole where you're fiat used to be
...they love that when we do that, go into debt, pay them and receive little / nothing in return
it helps their bottom line
Your electricity rates are high and you get a lot of solar radiation (sunshine).
You probably have a 5-6 year ROI.