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Why do You want Renewable Energy? -select up to 2 choices-

As a Hobbyist
19 (27.1%)
Remote, No Grid Power
11 (15.7%)
Backup Power
14 (20%)
Being Earth Friendly
5 (7.1%)
Reduce Electric Bill
8 (11.4%)
Grid Tie Profits
0 (0%)
For Education
4 (5.7%)
Planning for Future
9 (12.9%)

Total Members Voted: 42

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Offline Wolvenar

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Re: Why do You want Renewable Energy? -Poll-
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2015, 10:18:16 AM »
Yeah no doubt, yet they will STILL want to regulate and tax us.
Mostly because its not funding some big conglomerate that lines the gov coffers and pockets.
Trying to make power from alternative energy any which way I can.
Just to abuse what I make. (and run this site)

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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2015, 02:49:19 AM »
I am in my fourth semester of studying Sustainability Technologies. I was always interested in renewable energy but now I have career interests.

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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2015, 02:55:48 AM »
Hi Jethro, and welcome to AP.

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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2015, 07:32:11 AM »
    As Steve said, Welcome Jethro.  You will find a fair amount of diverse knowledge here,
and some very helpful people.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2015, 08:55:02 AM »
Thank you folks!

I'm already having a great time lurking around and reading various threads. :)

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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2015, 02:09:15 AM »
RE for me is a way of life and a necessity, no grid power here, not that I want it since RE IMHO is equal in cost with mains power with far greater reliability if one knows what one is doing.

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2016, 04:20:50 AM »
when i was building my holiday house the local electricity provider  the hydroelectric commission condemned my power poll in error and cut off the electricity, it was the best thing they ever did. After starting with 2 x 12vtelco batteries and a couple of solar panels we have gradually graduated to a 1600w 600amp 24v system, and as we had warning we took into account the need for some 24v power circuits, ie to run the fridge full time with no inverter involved, and Led lighting etc.
we love our off grid house and fully intend to live there full time, still on solar.

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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2016, 08:05:18 PM »
I worked in (small) wind when I was young.  That's when I got hooked.  I carved my first blade on a picnic table for fun one day.  Put it up on a mast on the peak of our barn and watched it spin.  It was there for years.

I used to read Popular Mechanics/Science, and one day I read this article about the NASA program, and how they were using these new, space-age solar panels to convert light to electricity.  They had a picture of one.  It was about 20 watts and cost $1,800 IIRC.  I thought...this is going to change the world.  I was right...it just has taken a little longer than I'd expected.

I started experimenting with RE more and more.  We started seeing/selling some rotary inverters at work.  My first inverter was a hoot. It was 12V and used about 20amps just to light the damn thing up.  It also cropped the screen of a small TV.  Still, I was proud because cobbled up a latching circuit to turn it on from multiple sources.

As crazy as it all seems, I now work for a small, rural Coop.  I'm still off-grid.  And guess what, solar has taken off, we're looking seriously at distributed storage, and new 'electro-technologies' (like cold-climate heat pumps, induction evaporators - for sugar-makers, EV charging...and I thought I was just out there.  Well, okay I am, but so are you if you're reading ;>]

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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2016, 10:06:48 PM »
LOL kitestrings... I can vouch for the very last part...

Why I started and why I'm still in it are almost two different things... but the common element is that magically pulling power out of the sky was just too irresistible to ever ignore. It all started with that little solar motor kit that radio shack had, along with those little radiometers found in novelty shops.

From there, my first "real" panel was an 8W jobbie scavenged from a solar sunroof vent that I got for dirt cheap while working at a tint shop... that thing sat atop more experiments than I can even count nevermind remember... and then one day I was given a couple of 30W 12V nominal panels... and that was the beginning of the end... I nearly completed a "solar theater" (power control/management for a tiny laptop and a small amplifier).

Somewhere along the lines, they needed to be repurposed to keep a cell phone charged (well, one actually... the other didn't make it..  a sad sad story). This grew over time into what it is today... 800W sitting on top of a uhaul that's been converted into a life raft, and as of this writing, has a week under it's belt completely out of testing and running in "fly or die" mode. It's a rough ride but also a lot of fun. Sure have learned a lot about not just what's necessary but myself as well... and there's no end of any of that in sight ;)

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