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Old 01/10/2008, 11:43 PM
kaptken kaptken is offline
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I wouldnt waste money on batteries. extra expense, and too much toxic heavy metal waste. just use the two way meter and fall back to the grid at night. Im practical, not a dooms day survivalist. the grid wont go away over night, or even in 50 years. but solar can first replace the day time peak demand on the grid. when that is done, then we can work on the night time base load with storage. power demand is lowest at 3-6 AM each night and rises to a peak around 3-6 PM each day . like a sine wave above the base load. perfect for solar. sun comes up, power goes up. just like the california grid.
the baseload is the low point of about 20,000 mega watts. summer day time peaks are often over 45,000 megawatts. so sun comes up, solar can make power. but sun comes up, and we turn the lights on over the tank. the sump pump is the baseload running round the clock.
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Old 01/11/2008, 07:10 AM
samtheman samtheman is offline
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If you need the net for cloudy days, how does that save energy. The net must still maintain and operate on standby, the generation that solar power displaces.
Old 01/11/2008, 02:48 PM
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solar still makes power on a cloudy day. just a little less. Haven't you ever gotten sun burned on overcast days? besides, the grid will be the levelizing tool. spare power is fed back to the grid in from homes and passed on. if there are enough small sources, odds are theres enough power available at any moment. its how the power supply will evolve. in time it will cut down the need for all those peaking units , which are not as green/. mostly gas turbines and jet engine units. less nat gas, and less CO2.
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