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Old 02-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Plus house and vehicles as well.

This photo was pre Karma of course and the lawn won't be in any condition to stage a new photo for some time. The Karma is my third plugin vehicle or fourth if you count my riding mower.



And the required photos to prove it really did happen!



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Nice ... is the smaller panel water-heating?

(I'm doing solar PV and hot water here, in the remodel...)
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Very cool! How much of your total energy use does it generate per year?
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Nice ... is the smaller panel water-heating?

(I'm doing solar PV and hot water here, in the remodel...)
Yes, I installed the solar hot-water when I switched from natural gas to geo-thermal heat about 6 years ago. The geo provides domestic hot water during operation and the solar works well to complement that.
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Very cool! How much of your total energy use does it generate per year?
My original install as pictured was a 13.5 kW system and produced about 85% of my total use which includes my heat and 18K electric miles per year. I have since added an additional 2.7 kW of panels to bring the total to 16.2 kW.

I expect to produce 100% of my use for a year with an average winter. This year has been extremely mild so I will have a considerable surplus for the year.
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****, that puts my old 3kW system to shame. Congrats!
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Perfect Don. You're clearly showing the route we should all go. This is the future!

Are those SunPower All Black-panels?

I'm charging my Karma daily at my company with the 12 kW-system on the roof (which from next week will also charge my brother's Opel Ampera aka Chevy Volt). And within 1-2 months I will have a 4 kW-system on the roof of my house as well for the daily charging session at home (I drive 2 x 42 miles with the Karma).

Driving on sunpower, what more can we wish for?!
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Plus house and vehicles as well.

This photo was pre Karma of course and the lawn won't be in any condition to stage a new photo for some time. The Karma is my third plugin vehicle or fourth if you count my riding mower.
Absolutely beautiful cars and home. Congratulations!
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Plus house and vehicles as well.

This photo was pre Karma of course and the lawn won't be in any condition to stage a new photo for some time. The Karma is my third plugin vehicle or fourth if you count my riding mower.
Absolutely beautiful cars and home. Congratulations!
Solar was to be my next endeavor any suggestions on name brands or install co's to get me ahead of the curve? Would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for the complements everyone!

Electric powered driving is addicting and producing your own is even better![hr]
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Perfect Don. You're clearly showing the route we should all go. This is the future!

Are those SunPower All Black-panels?

I'm charging my Karma daily at my company with the 12 kW-system on the roof (which from next week will also charge my brother's Opel Ampera aka Chevy Volt). And within 1-2 months I will have a 4 kW-system on the roof of my house as well for the daily charging session at home (I drive 2 x 42 miles with the Karma).

Driving on sunpower, what more can we wish for?!
Yes, those are the SunPower all black 225 panels. As you can see they where an almost perfect fit for my roof area.

I also have a 21 kW system on my office and am installing a charge station for the Chevy Volts I have purchased for two of my employees.

So yes, driving on sunpower has become a bit of an obsession for me.
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Thanks for the complements everyone!

Electric powered driving is addicting and producing your own is even better![hr]
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Perfect Don. You're clearly showing the route we should all go. This is the future!

Are those SunPower All Black-panels?

I'm charging my Karma daily at my company with the 12 kW-system on the roof (which from next week will also charge my brother's Opel Ampera aka Chevy Volt). And within 1-2 months I will have a 4 kW-system on the roof of my house as well for the daily charging session at home (I drive 2 x 42 miles with the Karma).

Driving on sunpower, what more can we wish for?!
Yes, those are the SunPower all black 225 panels. As you can see they where an almost perfect fit for my roof area.

I also have a 21 kW system on my office and am installing a charge station for the Chevy Volts I have purchased for two of my employees.

So yes, driving on sunpower has become a bit of an obsession for me.
Any DOE money out there for the sunPower....?

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