Friday, September 14, 2012

It's Solar Time!

Well, the power-pigs have been turned off and we're now into the long stretch (about 8 months) where we'll produce more power than we use and have some to sell back to the power company.

The new meter isn't as hard to understand as it looks.  It has a simulated rotary dial indicator on its digital screen, so it's easy to tell at any given moment whether we're importing or exporting.  Not as cool as the spinning metal wheel, but it works.

It also indicates how much power has been imported and how much has been exported since the meter was installed.  As of a few minutes ago we've imported 1603 KWh and exported 1017 KWh since the meter was installed in late July.  That's not too bad, considering it was heavy AC season.  I'll take a guess that it'll take another week (if it stays sunny and reasonably cool) before the exports exceed imports, and it'll probably stay that way forever.

3 comments:

Solar Panels said...

Solar Energy does not contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog.
It actively contributes to the decrease of harmful green house gas emissions.

Harlan Tenenbaum said...

Dave-
Just found your blog. Trying to get a true understanding of costs and benedita for installing solar on our home in NJ. Any counsel would be appreciated.






off grid solar power said...

Thanks... solar energy is much needed for long time to reduce global warming...