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by ed5000
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

ed5000, your tankless water heater is drawing 112.5 amps at 240vac?? :o Wow! Makes our car charging currents seem puny. Just how big is the circuit breaker for this thing? Good that you relocated the water heater location. When I designed my house, I located my (electric) water heater centrally wit...
by ed5000
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

ed5000, does your water heater have a heat pump? I have a GE GeoSpring, but it had issues and I've modified it for TOU. Sorry Joe, I should have elaborated a little more on this. I have a tankless 27 kw electric water heater. So no heat pumps on these (that I'm aware of). The way my house is set up...
by ed5000
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

I installed a 4 by 10 foot (AE40) solar water heating panel on my roof 12 years ago with two 55 gallon storage tanks in the basement. Total coast was about $3K but I got half that back when I filed my taxes. It has paid for itself many times over and I figure the electricity it saves me is about th...
by ed5000
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

I want to try solar power but I find it expensive Around here it's expensive with or without solar. I just got my second full month energy bill since installing solar. It was $180 with $150 of it being the cost of natural gas. So about $30 was an electric connection fee and taxes. I usually pay bet...
by ed5000
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: SEC-Musk-Tesla
Replies: 2
Views: 653

Re: SEC-Musk-Tesla

Nothing to worry about. Just John D Rockerfeller pulling a few "strings" from his grave. :?
by ed5000
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

Congrats on the install. 47 cents/kWh is insane. No wonder Apple went all out on solar on their spaceship. Payback must be months instead of years. One way around all the hassles of dealing with the utility would be to put battery-based solar in with the grid set up as a "backup generator"...
by ed5000
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

ed5000, congratulations! Most people I know had to wait far longer for PG&E to come out and install their new meter, all the while the old meter was not recording any benefit from the active solar for the owner. Good luck on figuring out an advantageous rate structure - All together it took abo...
by ed5000
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:21 pm
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Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Re: Got Solar!

Modern solar modules with microinverters are perfectly safe and easy to install, but the hurdles of permitting, interconnection agreements, and installing a production meter prevent most small scale solar from happening..... I'd seriously posit that a 120 VAC microinverter outputting through an ext...
by ed5000
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Got Solar!
Replies: 24
Views: 4144

Got Solar!

I have a new 5.5KW solar system on my roof and I just got PTO (permission to operate) last Friday. I figured this was a must have accessory to go with my I-meiv. Installation went pretty smoothly, even with a two week delay from PG&E due to the wildfires in Paradise which was understandable. In ...
by ed5000
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: I-MiEV Asheville
Replies: 3
Views: 906

Re: I-MiEV Asheville

My brother in Greenville, NC has a black 2012 i-miev but in checking google maps I see that you're over 5 hours and 330 miles away! A long ways for being in the same state. Let me know if you have any reason to be out that way.

Ed

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