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Lead Acid or Lithium Batteries for off-grid storage?

Photo by Adobe Stock/haitaucher39I bought my first solar panel in 1989, a 50-watt Solarex photovoltaic module. Along with an old motorcycle battery, some DC car lights, and a small radio, I created an off-grid room in the house I was renting. When the power was out, and even when it wasn’t, I had lights and music operating on stored solar energy.When I built my home in…See More
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Lead Acid or Lithium Batteries for off-grid storage?

Photo by Adobe Stock/haitaucher39I bought my first solar panel in 1989, a 50-watt Solarex photovoltaic module. Along with an old motorcycle battery, some DC car lights, and a small radio, I created an off-grid room in the house I was renting. When the power was out, and even when it wasn’t, I had lights and music operating on stored solar energy.When I built my home in…See More
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Paul Scheckel replied to Kyle Baker's discussion Off-Grid Applications?
"What's available at the site? solar, water, wind, biomass, human power generation, are all options, though not all will be cost effective or worth the effort. I've used most all directly (no hydro power resource here), and have had the…"
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Independent efficiency and renewables consultant ; author Homeowner's Energy Handbook, Home Energy Diet
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Lead Acid or Lithium Batteries for off-grid storage?

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Photo by Adobe Stock/haitaucher39

I bought my first solar panel in 1989, a 50-watt Solarex photovoltaic module. Along with an old motorcycle battery, some DC car lights, and a small radio, I created an off-grid room in the house I was renting. When the power was out, and even when it wasn’t, I had lights and music operating on stored…

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Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:20pm 0 Comments

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do I read about fossil fuels?

Allow me to propagate a radical idea that I hope will change the way you think and talk about energy. First there was solar energy. It remains as steady, predictable, and powerful today as it has for the past five billion years (give or take a few creationist theories). No life form on earth relies on any other form of energy other than what…

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Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 9:10am 22 Comments

Comparison Between LP Gas Range and Induction Burner

Admittedly, this is a simple and very limited analysis, but it does offer some useful information. I wrote about induction cooking 2 years ago, the cost has since come down enough that I recently bought a single coil, counter-top unit, and after a week of use, the numbers are in.

As a…

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Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 8:11am 0 Comments

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…

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