Yes, solar panels are heavy.Heck, I question if I'd be able to maneuver hurricane shutters around, from my garage, to hang them up on the windows, and if I'd have enough space in my garage to store them.
I can't imagine what it would take to remove/store solar panels that are on my roof.
That they can afford to cold-call knock at your door suggests they have a high markup to pay for their sales efforts. Visit a few "wholesale DIY" websites such as Unbound Solar - DIY Solar, Panels & Complete Systems and price out about a 10 kW system. Research how many solar hours you get per day, Sun Hours Map: How Many Sun Hours Do You Get?. Then find price your utility pays for grid-tie PV power you produce. Subtract any connection fees for having grid-tie. Budget worst case as if you sell everything to the utility. This simple research would have protected the sucker who paid $46k shown on Jesse Watters' show.The solar panel guys knock on my door perhaps quarterly, but at least every six months. After years of this going on, my wife and daughter have repeatedly "encouraged" me not to debate the value of solar panel installation with these door to door sales people.
A friend was working (and got) his PhD on "green things". Managed to "borrow" a portable PV power trailer for his research. Had 7 kW of PV panels on motorized arms much like a satellite in space. Also had battery storage and a wind turbine. Think it was a 25' trailer, about 8,000 pounds, and I doubt its price tag was less than $200,000.I've had the beginnings of an idea floating around in the back of my noggin to develop some easy way of removing/storingsolar panels in a protected space when bad weather is expected.
Other factors often not considered is how your house is taxed. In Oklahoma the home value is based on the costs of improvements. So, if you have a $200,000 house and add $25,000 in the cost of a swimming pool, a shop, or solar panels, that $25,000 just raised your taxes forever, each year an additional tax.Yes, solar panels are heavy.
There are two major modes of failure of PV panels in a hurricane: being smashed by flying objects, and the wind getting under the panel to rip it off its mount. The only way to secure would be to remove the panel and hide it underground.
That they can afford to cold-call knock at your door suggests they have a high markup to pay for their sales efforts. Visit a few "wholesale DIY" websites such as Unbound Solar - DIY Solar, Panels & Complete Systems and price out about a 10 kW system. Research how many solar hours you get per day, Sun Hours Map: How Many Sun Hours Do You Get?. Then find price your utility pays for grid-tie PV power you produce. Subtract any connection fees for having grid-tie. Budget worst case as if you sell everything to the utility. This simple research would have protected the sucker who paid $46k shown on Jesse Watters' show.
Another way is to check with Tesla.com. A 10 kW system was being quoted at $26k installed last I looked. If Tesla installs in your area. Still need solar hours and utility buy rate to know if you will ever break even.
If you have 4 solar hours/day then you can pretend your 10 kW PV system will produce 10 kW for 4 hours per day (40 kWh) and nothing the other 20 hours. Thats not really the way it works but 40 kWh is what you would get on average. If the utility pays $0.05/kWh then $2.00/day, $730/year. Admittedly you will use some of your own PV power before giving it to the utility so if you pay $0.15/kWh then you can save more than the $0.05/kWh but its hard to say how much you will use while the PV system has sun. So that is where batteries come into use. But a battery system can cost more than the PV system. A Tesla Powerwall stores 13 kWh and the first unit is about $10,000. Additional units are about $7,000 each.
Actually, 22 years is/was the industry standard response on how long it takes to break even when installing whole house solar panels. It's a bogus number because of net metering laws and other costs, Break even point is always critical to sales of a new product, that is supposed to save a nickel.20 years? Who’s got 20 years?
Our interlock switch is on our main breaker panel. When we flip off the main breaker and flip on the generator switch, the entire panel if now powered by the generator. In my case, this is the entire house. You just flip off the breakers that you do not want to power. There is a 50 amp breaker switch for the AC on the main panel. The electrician said I should just turn off the AC, dryer, and oven switches as those use a lot of power. He said that everything else would be fine to leave on when running the generator.This is a comment about the central air conditioners. Many people do not know but most brands have an actual 115 Volt plug at the unit itself. Large homes may have two units, often one for the upstairs and one for downstairs or for different regions of large houses. That said, my house has a 3.5 ton ac unit which means it should use 3,500 watts or less depending on it's efficiency rating. What we found is that by running a cord directly to the ac unit we had plenty of power to run the AC or heat and then use a second long cord to run the TV and lights in the house at the same time. We would alternately plug in one of the freezers or the fridge. I do not recall anytime that we could not run the AC and TV and lights at the same time. We used a 3,800 watt genset. The key is to not have everything in the house on the line at the same time. So when people do that the startup load is so high, the AC may not want to come on.
For people who use a transfer switch, any electrician can easily wire an additional box that lets you design which rooms, appliances, etc are powered from a smaller genset. The AC usually has a dedicated line directly from the breaker box, I think that is a code requirement. That mean, there would not need to be a separate cord, the extra box provides for that.
Virtually any home can survive on a portable genset, except for total electric, which take a huge amount
Looks like an excellent design, you can pick and choose so you are not overloading the gen set, which also saves fuel. I like to run mine at about 50% capacity, that way when a freezer or fridge kicks on, there is no problem.Our transfer switch is on our main breaker panel. When we flip off the main breaker and flip on the generator switch, the entire panel if now powered by the generator. In my case, this is the entire house. You just flip off the breakers that you do not want to power. There is a 50 amp breaker switch for the AC on the main panel. The electrician said I should just turn off the AC, dryer, and oven switches as those use a lot of power. He said that everything else would be fine to leave on when running the generator.
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When I lived in the NorthEast I has installed a whole house Natural Gas fired generator (16 KW) Generac. At the timeInstalled a 22KW generac several years ago. Best investment we ever made.
Good points. And plus one about power being a security issue. We are hearing about a significant amount of looting in Florida now. Having a way to simply light up the damaged homes provides some degree of safety, at least light to shoot by if necessary. LOL.
A generator is not an investment, not sure why anyone would ever even think of it as such? What a generator is is a whole lot of connivence and to some extent security… until you sre the only one on the block that stands out like a sore thumb. We have lost power here for up to a week or more in the past. A couple of days is no big deal but a week or more is more than a minor inconvenience. Our infrastructure/ power grid is very vulnerable in this country. This is because we have extremely weak and ineffectual leaders in this state and country. We pay enormous taxes to live in a country that is compromised because of this very “leadership.”
$10,000 is not a lot of money anymore but is a solid expense when it comes to potential loss of power. People die in sub-zero temps here as they do in excessive heat. The older you are the more vulnerable you are to many hazards. Many of us have in excess of $10,000 in firearms and ammo. A generator is a sunk cost IMO very worth the expense. As far as maintenance there is not much to it. Change the oil, filters, spark plugs .check battery regularly and change it out every few years, rodents may want to set up home if you let them.
Keep leaves and debris away from it. if it has a cooling system flush it. None of it is a big deal. Really no different than any other seasonal equipment. Portables can be a PITA. Had one and never want my partner to have to deal with it again. She is not good at things like that. When the day comes she will have the service done professionally twice a year like the HVAC system. We live in a age where the irresponsible idiots running our country don’t think twice if putting the screws to us. Biden has let our critical reserves dwindle to save his hideous face and their weasel party. He has let millions of illegals into our country and dims think equity is necessary for their survival, If just one or two terrorists decide to blow up a substation people will be without power extensively. Climate change is their new religion I see multiple failures going forward and I don’t want to be anymore irritated or inconvenienced than I already have been. The system can be converted to run on three separate fuel sources so I have done as much as I can.
I have to fix the pathetic excuses for generators, that people buy, for a living. Generac, Cat, Cummins, MTU, etc.etc. Consumers will make themselves believe anything, just to feel better.Not anything I have experienced - did you buy a fake? Or do you just have a bone to pick. Might even be actionable if you can't document your issues.
So is everything besides the 1800 rpm water-cooled diesel generators junk?I have to fix the pathetic excuses for generators, that people buy, for a living. Generac, Cat, Cummins, MTU, etc.etc. Consumers will make themselves believe anything, just to feel better.
Most are poorly installed, or poorly designed. Often both.
Absolute junk, most of them.
Believe who you will. Just got my whole house LP fueled Generac serviced for the first time in 5 years. It has performed flawlessly, and will continue to do so. I will service it every other year from now on. If it fails, I'll buy another. My small gasoline fueled and dual fuel medium are for backup and other tasks. BTW, the company that services the Generac is not inexpensive but incredibly competent and worth the price.So is everything besides the 1800 rpm water-cooled diesel generators junk?
I just found out that Honda is building their new (portable) $5K fuel-injected EU7000 in India. 😭
@Zerodefect So those are the ones you don't like. Which ones do you like and why? Maybe you posted the answer elsewhere. If do I did not see it.I have to fix the pathetic excuses for generators, that people buy, for a living. Generac, Cat, Cummins, MTU, etc.etc...