Since I generally work in the field of electronics, there's much that requires stable electricity around me. Computers, lights, security cameras, freezer, dvr, server, modem/router, washer/spinner, and more run for free, as already stated. But even those items that are not ordinarily used every day also run perfect such as saws and drills and weedwhacker and compressor and soldering irons and blender and food processor and bread maker and basically the adjustment period is over in Ohio for the most part ';-)
Solar panels aren't prone to fail. I've lost one in over a decade....a tree had to fall on it at the Crow's property located 1335 North Limestone St. in Springfield Ohio.
However, the loss showed me just how durable the panels really are. Only ONE panel broke!
***Please note that the video DOES NOT PLAY ON MOBILE OR TABLET DEVICES.
About the only item you'll ever need to replace in an off-grid power system are the batteries; every 5 or more years the batteries may begin to depreciate. At which time, replacing them is a real treat. I'm on my second round of a total change-out. However, the first batteries WERE NOT crackped-out at all. Fact is, I had to sell most of them at the Crow residence just to make ends meet (that old building was not at all good for me so the time-frame of eventual replacing all the batteries doesn't count).
Contrast the investment with the yearly amount you will have thrown away to an entity that may bribe with their "lobbyists" (that bring bagfuls of money to "our" representatives curtailing their better ethics, manipulating their decisions), and you have aided and abetted your own demise as the monopoly raises its rates at will, and send your children off to create their wars, their invested interests.
Choose to leave something good behind on this earth that will outlive you and me so as to not be so easily forgotten after your death.
As it turned out, the inability for me to "legally" place the panels on the roof as I was free to do down in Florida, turned into a blessing....bye-bye snow. Push-Broom works perfect. There are three main types of solar panels presently:
Monocrystalline (costs more, usually yields more)
Polycrystalline (costs just a tad less than the monocrystalline panels, and under certain conditions will even out-produce the Monocrystalline)
Amorphous (these are the least costly panels and usually poor producers)
So the Kenny Quick-Pick-Scale has:
The worst type of solar panel are the Amorphous, also referred to as "thin-film", or "man-made material Panel"
The highest energy producers are Monocrystalline.
Below is my plug:
Monocrystalline Solar Panel $169.00
4 or More Solar Panels $144.00 each!
Trojan 360ah deep-cycle batteries Total $386.00 each.
2803 Troy Road Springfield Ohio Solar Panel Connection
FIRST SPRINGFIELD OHIO SOLAR TRACKER ERECTED ONSITE, June 30, 2018 !
The first Solar Tracker has finally been erected! It's been a long-time necessity to get a solar tracker up and operational, but has been deferred due to the larger priorities around here. This is one of the smaller trackers put together (only 200watts), but since it has the ability to always be facing the sun whether in the morning eastern sky, or western nightfall, it will easily rival the production of an array with double the panels.
(photos coming soon)
Having just finished moving the last of the solar panels toward the new sun has given me an idea. Since I'm getting older by the minute, maybe it's time to automate the process somewhat. Ideally, it would simply follow the sun, but in Ohio the sun is all over the place. Summer is virtually flat-level panels and winter is almost vertially aligned. In Florida an array of solar panels could simply be set to the mid-variance of the solar seasonal spectrum and you're done....for life. Not so in Ohio. Setting the panels has been streamlined from four-times per year to three. that's finding the tools and time to go out there and turn a bunch of nuts, bolts, and clamps around.