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Feb. 18th, 2004 | 12:49 pm
mood: happyhappy

Recently I figured out that Kyocera 120 Watt panels would fit in the east facing windows of my apartment. Those are also probably the windows that get the most sunlight. (Hmm... I did only measure one of the windows, I wonder if the other is the same size.

There's also two other windows that might get a reasonable amount of daylight.

Motivated by a combination of worry for the stability of our industrial infrastructure and irritation at the energy companies not switching to renewable energy, I ordered two panels.

The next problem is how to use the power. The cheapest thing would be to connect them to a charge controller and a battery and use it to power my home network. (Most of which can be run on DC).

However I'm a little concerned about the batteries. They're heavy and several types outgas hydrogen and so need to be vented and my current apartment doesn't really have any good places for such things. I'm also not so confident of my high amperage DC wiring skills.

Currently I'm thinking about just getting one of the utility grid intertie units as all the necessary circuity is in one convienent and overly expensive unit tested for its safety.

When I move I can try and pick a place that has a space for some batteries.

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from: solri
date: Feb. 18th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)

Those are sexy solar panels.

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Diane Trout


from: alienghic
date: Feb. 18th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)

In my brief searching they were the smallest 100+ watt panels I could find. All the others were a 2-3 cm bigger than my window.

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