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Solar energy is more affordable then ever!

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Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Author:
Ken

I caught up with an EV friend who recently installed a 3.6kw solar system with Solar City. His cost was less than half of my solar panel system of the same size (3.6kw). His payback should be less than 5 years since he also drives his converted all electric Volkswagon Passat to work everyday for [...]

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Solar net payment to PGE.

Posted on:
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Author:
Ken

We ended up needing to pay about $250 for using more energy than we produces on our 3.6Kw solar system with the full years use of my EV. My netsavings from gas on the MR2 was around $1500 for 2012, so my net savings is still hugely positive. The results are captured in a graph [...]

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Good site on installing solar panels

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Author:
Ken

If you ever get inspired to want to install solar panels. Here’s a site that does a great job explaining step by step how to do it yourself. Bill Crozier (the owner of the site) takes Do-it-yourself to another level! Installing solar panels

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Solar Panel Payback

Posted on:
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Author:
Ken

Here is a compelling calculation for those of you that are contemplating the purchase of solar panels. We purchased our 3.6KW solar panels almost 4 years ago for a net cost of $22,500 after tax incentives. In the 4 years, we’ve saved an average of $90 per month on normal electricity usage. That’s $1080/year savings. [...]

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Its raining in California!

Posted on:
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Author:
Ken

After a drought of about 7 months, we are finally getting rain! Good for our water reserves but not so good for solar power generation. I’ve updated the solar performance page with the latest data: Solar System Performance Data

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Pigeon problem resolved!

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Friday, September 12th, 2008
Author:
Ken

After going back and forth with Borrego Solar’s service rep for a couple of months trying to decide the best way to clean up the pigeon nest underneath the panels (pigeon droppings can cause serious health problems if not handled with proper respiratory protections), they sent a technical rep (Benjamin Baker) out to help me [...]

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