Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.
Published on May 18, 2012 By Draginol In Science & Tech

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Generating about 2.5MWh per month in power.  Far more than I use.  DTE buys the excess energy at 11 cents per KWh.


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on May 18, 2012

Nice!  Wish we could all do this.

on May 18, 2012

Where the heck did you gat that Idea from Brad ?

What a thing to just do... Here up north in Sweden where the sun isn´t so reliable....well you get it.

I give my fullhearted -way to go bro on the whole project !!

 

neone6/Andrew

on May 18, 2012

The fact that you're electricity independent is a huge plus. That means you're not burning gas or oil, and all that entails. Wonder what the difference between the 'buy from' and 'sell to' rate is per KWh. My feeling is that you should get the same rate for the electricity you generate as they pay for the electricity they buy from other sources.

on May 18, 2012

well, they don't charge you for using their infrastructure to lug your juice to them. (or they charge you by paying less.. effectively)

do you have some whacking big energy storage that allows you to store and use the energy at night that you generated during the day? (ie.. they effectively charge you for acting as your battery)

 

i think in the uk, selling solar back to elec companies is basically gov subsidised (and the subsidy was slashed a while back when lots of people signed up for it or some such.. i think.)

the way it works (mostly) is that they (the installer? companies / energy companies?) install their equipment on your roof. it's not yours.. and there's some sort of contract for X years or some such.

on May 18, 2012

neone6: 

I can see how Sweden would have terrible solar power... Though, Michigan isn't anywhere near one of the best places in the US for solar power either. 

on May 31, 2012

Wow amazing I wish I could do the same for my house also

on May 31, 2012

In Arizona this would be the bomb. If all the houses had this, I swear we could power all of US. (Not a fact, a hyperbole)

on May 31, 2012

alaknebs
i think in the uk, selling solar back to elec companies is basically gov subsidised (and the subsidy was slashed a while back when lots of people signed up for it or some such.. i think.)

Yes....much the same has happened in Oz.....

There's even mutterings about dumping the Star-rating requirements for new home designs....[energy efficiency]....apparently cos it's too much fuss and red tape....

....and that's from an eff-wit Premier who's supposedly an Architect.

on Oct 04, 2012

How about putting a big solar array in space and dropping a power line so we can all plug in?

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