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Going Solar Voltaic
January 6, 2015, 5:10 pm
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Monday, January 5 found four electricians scurrying about my machine shed, in temperatures well below freezing, putting final connections to controls for a photo voltaic system.  I am  about to start producing my own electricity.

OK, let’s back up a bit.  Those of you who have been on my farm have noticed several solar collectors that gather heat from the sun to warm my house and shop.  These air-to-air systems have been at work for over 30 years now.  For more than that time I have been watching the solar electric industry grow and become more efficient.  This year I decided to take the plunge.

The system is an investment that, like many farm investments, will take years to pay off.  In the mean time, I’ll be producing about 2/3rds of my farm sites annual electric usage using the sun.  Once the system is paid off, I’ll have many more years of free electricity.100_3073

My roofs were evaluated and measured and a deal was set.  Trenches were dug and equipment was delivered.  With the nasty November we had, we were all glad to see a warmer December as construction progressed.


Soon tracks were installed on the roof, panels and wiring soon followed.


The last panels were placed just before Christmas.  Wires were left hanging for the electricians to tie into.


Monday, as the snow began to fall the electricians made the final connections.


Now there is a bank of hi-tech electronics on the side of my machine shed waiting for final inspection.  Once the inspectors are done and final paper work with the electric company are signed I will be producing most of my own electricity using the sun.

Give me a month or so to get the last details worked out and come on over to check it out.



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