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    Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

    The Level 2 charger I picked up recently has a 25' cord. If I mount the charger in the correct location, and the wife parks appropriately, I could park behind her and still charge my car... You can also buy extension cords for the standard J1772 chargers. If you're having a 240V outlet...
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    Have we reached a tipping point?

    How many first world homes are leaking energy profusely? I'm not saying everyone needs to live in a brand new house (new homes have their own issues), but having lived for more than 20 years in a house built close to 60 years ago, there are plenty of opportunities for making old homes more...
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    Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

    That article was a good read. Using FuelEconomy.gov anyone can calculate the cost per mile of what they currently drive versus an electric. When I ran my own driving habit numbers through the website in August prior to purchasing my e-Golf, I was astounded how cheap it is to roll down the road...
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    Smart meters - good or bad or neither?

    Like others, it must be a decade now we've had smart meters, and I'm on my second one. The first was programmed for single direction feeding, and would continue to add to your bill if you somehow managed to back feed the grid. (Say you installed a PV array and didn't notify the utility) The...
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    Have we reached a tipping point?

    I don't see why this approach cannot be adopted by large numbers of people in first world countries. Two months ago, I took delivery of my e-Golf (BEV), and parked my fossil fueled VW (which I last refueled in August prior to hurricane Dorian). In two months, I've driven the old 40+mpg VW less...
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    Have we reached a tipping point?

    Answer to second question NO: For starters: my 4.4kW PV system doesn't have the inherent energy losses between the generation facility and my house (Grid losses). My array's cost also doesn't have the overhead for flying the CEO of the local power company over my house at 7:50AM, five days a...
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    Can someone explain this to me - hybrid/electric vehicle surcharge in WI

    That EV or Hybrid registration fee would actually just be a claw back on Maine's state income tax credit for purchasing an EV, isn't it? Efficiency Maine offers $1k-$2k credit for buying an EV, on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    The weekend my e-Golf was delivered, Dorian was hammering the Bahamas just 100 miles away. Had that storm come ashore in South Florida like it hammered Abaco as a Category 5 storm, the charging grid in South Florida would actually be more bleak than California in their current blackouts. I've...
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    Can someone explain this to me - hybrid/electric vehicle surcharge in WI

    Yeah, my Amish neighbors with the horse and buggy don't seem to do near the damage to an asphalt road that a fully loaded logging truck can do to a road. Interstate 95 north of Bangor makes my VW's wander the right lane is so rutted...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    If you have the coins for one, why not? As many (including my own parents) have proven, you can't take it with you... Is she looking to adopt any children or grandchildren to inherit that beauty? I can offer up my sister for adoption. ;) My sister wants an EV, but isn't willing to pony up for...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    Their diesels worked out fine for me. Two weeks ago, I was driving a 2004 TDI with 233k. In 2006, my wife got a new TDI which served us well and took us on travels for 169k before it was totaled in February. My sister has my old company car, a 2006 TDI with 128k (I put the first 125k on it), and...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    Other than the driveline, the remainder of the e-Golf is all Mk7 or Mk7.5 Golf parts. So, if a wiper motor goes, or a window regulator goes, a window switch fails, or the rear view camera acts up, it's nothing the tech's haven't seen on a gas or diesel Golf. I've debated going and parking it at...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    Ironically, Maine is one of the 10 US states VW actually sells e-Golfs in, SpaceBus!! Of course, what that technically means is that one dealer in your state had one in stock for several months now... I contacted the dealer and offered to take that car off their hands, but dealers closer to D.C...
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    Tesla Model 3 Parked in Our Garage

    Around the middle of last month, I managed to convince my wife to come with me to test drive an off-lease 2016 VW e-Golf. (A car most people don't know exists, the all electric VW Golf) The test drive paperwork I signed clearly said we had "up to 5 miles, and up to 15 minutes" before we needed...
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    Ironic conundrum

    On my first trip to mainland China back during the recession, I was there for 3 weeks. I never saw blue sky that entire trip. The daytime sky was always a hazy form of yellow, almost like an overcast day that never went away. You got used to wearing your dust mask that covered your mouth and...
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    The cost of renewables drops again

    This is what I've been doing since I installed my PV array in 2013. I grab some liquid sunshine (orange juice), and watch the sun come up every morning... After the sun comes up, the magic starts happening, every day! ;) My father, who originally trained in electronics back when vacuum tube...
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    New roof!

    Give us your base charge $. PV Watts suggested your straight costs on electricity is around $0.12/kWh. However, I don't know if that includes all the transmission fees and other tack on costs?? A 4kW system, in Schenectady, NY at 36° tilt, and presumably 180° (south) facing, using a 15%...
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    Electric Lawn Tractors

    I grew up on the leading edge of suburbia, and grew quite accustomed to having parts for mower engines and equipment I was working on within a short radius drive. Going off to college was like taking a step back in time, because I moved from suburbia to a small city/predominantly college town. I...
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    Electric Lawn Tractors

    Really? I bought 15 gallons of ethanol free last weekend for $2.99/gal. (planning ahead for hurricane season) On the same trip, I bought 32 gal of diesel for $2.65/gal. (Filled up the VW TDI wagon, and stocked up three 5 gal cans of diesel for hurricane season, so technically I have enough fuel...
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    Buying an EV as a commuter vehicle - does it make sense?

    I rigged our 2004 VW Jetta Wagon_TDI for flat towing behind our 29' Workhorse chassis Winnebago... I can't share fuel between the two, but that doesn't stop me from dragging the 1.9L diesel powered station wagon along for the trip... The V8 in the Workhorse barely notices it's even back there...
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    Going solar!

    Of my present 20 "operational" microinverters, I've lost one M215 in ~5.75 years, and they sent me an M250 as a replacement. (I have 41 more M215 units, they're just not installed yet...) As for PV prices, a week or two ago I got an email with panels + M215 microinverters for $0.44/W. My last...
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    Buying a house with leased solar system, need advice

    To gauge the size of the array in kW, stand out in the yard and count panels. Multiply by 0.25, and there's your back of the napkin approximation of the kW rating of the PV array. My 220W panels were made in 2011, not long after that, 250W panels (0.25kW) were the norm, then 280W, now the norm...
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    New Solar Roof System

    I have an all electric house, and the end of the nearest NG line is 4 houses down the street. Getting NG to me wouldn't be free, and when I looked up the minimum monthly cost to have a gas connection, I was astounded to see they get $35/mo just to be a customer before the first therm of energy...
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    Just over 100 kw production on my system yesterday

    We got smart meters ~10 years ago. In August 2013, I got a Smart NET Meter. I could stall the original smart meter while testing the PV array, but it was programmed to ADD to the odometer whether it was delivering or receiving power. The power company swapped it for a different brand that...
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    New Solar Roof System

    It's probably MORE painful down here on the edge of the tropics after a hurricane when my generator and every neighbor's generator in our suburban neighborhood is screaming away at 3,600RPM, while our 4.4kW PV array on the roof sits quietly idle. That's the way we fly too... I'd look for an...
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    Smartflower Solar

    Peak, Any idea what those All Earth single pedestal trackers go for? I've debated doing one of those for a 20 panel array versus a standard fixed ground mount at our property with the 100lbs/sq ft ground snow load in northern ME... One footer properly placed, may be easier to dig in the ground...
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    Going off grid

    I thought you weren't intending to rely 100% on electric as your primary heat source? If that's the case, then an air source heat pump for the shoulder seasons has a far higher coefficient of performance than straight electric resistance heat, and works in the shoulder seasons. Randomly...
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    Going off grid

    Actually, with my brief research on it last night, it sounds much better than the Gross Metering system that went into effect in 2017. You mentioned you have some air sealing to do, that's where I'd start focusing my attack for quick results. Air infiltration is like tossing coins out an open...
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    Going off grid

    Finally!! Now I apparently have two ground mount systems I need to install...
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    Going off grid

    Google says our place is ~120 miles north of you. Fortunately for us, it's all I-95 to get to Home Depot. From anywhere Downeast around Machias, it's a bunch of Route 1 or Route 9 to get to to Bangor. There's always trade-offs with easements. My wife's employer got a check that would have paid...