The total of the system and materials was $22K. I ended up spending about another $1,800 in permit fees and a structural engineer and $400 for an electrician, several hundred dollars for a guy to come help me out for the two afternoons he spent with me. Xcel Energy gave me $16,538 rebate. Fix cost based on the number of kilowatts you are installing and has nothing to do with how much you pay the permit office or the electrician. My final cost after rebate was $7,237. I started my research in solar probably about a year before I actually installed it went.
And got a couple of bids from some of the local solar people both from contractors that my friends have used as well as just searching the internet and while talking to one of the guys I find of developed a good feeling from him, and I asked the question Would it be possible to do some of the work myself and kind of learn along the way he said Sure I absolutely support the doityourselfer DIY so I said why don't you throw me bids, what it would cost just come home and have solar one day and what it would cost to have.
It done where I do some or all the work myself. And throw them both to me and I said let's try the second one. The guys name is Steve Cross from Sun Spot Solar. I gave him my electric bills and said this is how much I think I need to generate and he said I agree and lets do these types of panels 180 watts each, you will need some where around 19 to 22 we figured out 21 fit pretty well. So I went and got all the permit information from Golden, filled it out. He came by 12.
Hour one day he type all the Xcel application on the internet and I kind of ran the process and when I had a question I would just send him an email and he helped me out. I think in parallel we order the equipment he dropped off in my driveway. Then one of his installers came out and helped me for two afternoons and I pretty much myself put in the whole rack system on the roof and the installer came out and helped me kind of a two man job carrying the panels up, putting the panels down and bracketing them down.
Comparing Kyocera KD140 Solar Panels
Hi, I'm Amy from the altE Store. The Kyocera KD140 solar panel is very popular for DIY off grid solar. It is available in two different versions, the SX and the GX. So what's the difference and when should I use one over the other The solar cells and frame are identical between the two. The only difference is how you connect them to your solar system. The KD140GX comes with a sealed junction box on the back with about 3 feet of PV wire coming out of the back with solar connectors known as SMK already.
On them for plus and minus. This makes it very easy to wire them in series with other panels, and then you just take an extension cable, cut it in two, and use the resulting 2 cables to wire to your combiner box or pass thru box to continue on to inside in conduit. If you are just wiring 2 in parallel, you can optionally use a coupler to connect the pluses together and the minus together. The GX is also nice for if you have a portable system, such as on a boat or RV, and need.
To remove the connection. With the key, you can just disconnect and store the panels. The KD140SX comes with a junction box, or Jbox, without cables. This allows you to open the back and use your own wire to wire up your system. This can be an advantage when you are installing the solar panel on a boat and want to use marine grade tinned wire. It is also great for a small solar system with only one or two solar panels, you can just wire them together inside the junction box.
By getting your own PV wire and lugs, you can wire them together without needing to have the specialized solar connector cables. Note that the SX comes with 2 water tight strain reliefs tucked inside the jbox to provide a watertight seal around the wire. If you found this tutorial helpful, please like and share it. Please watch more of our tutorials here and subscribe to our channel, altEstore, to be notified as soon as we release a new one! Also visit our website at altEstore, where we have been making renewable doable since 1999.
DIY Emergency Fire Starter Char Cloth
Before the discovery of matches and other modern conveniences, fires had to be started in more primitive ways. Like rubbing sticks together, or burning wood with a magnifying glass. But anyone who's tried these methods know it's extremely hard work to make a fire, especially in an emergency situation. Luckily, there's a way to cheat, and it's called Char Cloth. To get started on this project, I'll sacrifice one of my little boys shirts, and a can of tuna. This shirt is 100 cotton, and that's what we need, so now we can focus prepping.
This can. I'll grab my wife's can opener and a small screwdriver and get to work on removing the lid. The lid lifter cuts sideways, and removes the top portion of the lid just below the rim, and that's perfect because we'll want it to fit back together later on. Ok, the tuna comes out, and after a little cleaning, our char cloth maker is nearly complete. Let's cut off about 4 pieces of shirt and lay them on the lid, then the bottom of the can fits over top. To finish, we can punch a small hole in the top with this screwdriver to act.
As a vent hole. To char this cloth properly, we'll need to heat this up over 400 degrees Celsius, and that can be done with the Solar Scorcher. It's about 7pm and the sun has nearly set. I've found the focal point and am happy to see there's still plenty of heat. The little flame shows that the cotton is charing and releasing hydrogen and methane gasses through the hole in the top. Alright, the flame just went out, so that means it's done, and we'll need to carefully cover the hole with some aluminum foil to.
Prevent air from leaking in and causing a flashback. Now that it's cooled down, we can remove the foil and the cover to see how our cloth turned out. It's completely black. Totally charred, but not burned, and that's just what we needed. The fabric's still pliable, but is now extremely sensitive to heat. Just a few seconds with the sun and a water bottle, and we can easily make a fire! Your water bottle can also be used to make a fire without the char cloth but it takes a lot longer, and is much more difficult. Ok, so it's the next day and I'm making another.
Batch, this time with an open flame! This method works super well and only takes about 2 minutes to cook all the gasses out of the fabric. When it's cooled down and the foil is off, i'm really impressed at how much the fabric has shrunk from the original size. Now I'm wondering if cotton balls will work, so my little boy is helping load a batch, and after 2 minutes in the fire they're all done. They're looking great and I'm interested to see how they'll compare to the cotton fabric. To test the quality, let's brush the side.
With a flame, and blow gently to see if it glows. Success! This fabric ignites amazingly fast, and burns impressively slowly. From this point, all it takes to get a flame is to add something flammable, like this paper, and blow. Haha FIRE! These charred cotton balls work so well, and are so cheap and accessible, that I think from now on I'm going to use them exclusively in my Fire Piston. You can see how to build this in a different tutorial. I also tried making Char Cloth using another fabric and a mint tin, a glass baby food jar,.
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Energy 101 Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy
We all know energy can come from the wind and the sun, but there's a plentiful renewable resource covering more than 75 of the planet that you might not have thought about our water! The movement of the ocean's waves, tides, and currents carries energy that can be harnessed and converted into electricity to power our homes, buildings and cities. The energy available in this moving water is called kinetic energy. Scientists and engineers are learning to capture clean renewable ocean power using marine and hydrokinetic technologies. Water currents occur naturally all over the.
Planet. Waves crash against coastlines. Tidal currents ebb and flow and large currents move water all around our oceans. We can tap into each one of these sources to generate electricity. It's estimated that along U.S. coastlines, there is enough energy in waves and tides to meet a significant portion of America's power needs. So, how does it work That depends on what kind of hydrokinetic power you're trying to capture, but the concept is essentially the same extracting power from moving water. For example, a buoy can harness energy from the vertical rise and fall of ocean waves,.
As well as backandforth and sidetoside movements. Currents and tides can also spin a turbine in various directions as water moves through an ocean power device, generating electricity. The Energy Department is supporting research on a range of innovative turbine technologies to capture energy from waves, river, and tidal currents. Devices that operate in water have to work under turbulent and harsh conditions. They must be built to withstand strong currents and impacts from debris carried in the water. Of course, they also have to be designed to preserve the integrity of the marine environment. One of the greatest benefits of developing.
Marine energy or, ocean power, is that many of our water resources are right where we need them near the most populated areas. More than half of all Americans live close to coastlines where the potential for ocean power is the greatest, and some cities and towns can use power from tidal currents. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies are still a ways off from widespread adoption. But today, dozens of organizations are already working to deploy ocean power systems throughout the world. Marine and hydrokinetic technology a new wave in harnessing clean, renewable energy.
SunZilla A DIY SolarPowered Generator To Go
SunZilla is a portable solar generator designed to replace conventional diesel generators in remote areas or outdoor events it travels in a box and the solar panels just unfold like a flower but it's even more it's an open source framework which allows you to develop your own modules We put all the different functions like inverting from DC to AC, for example we put them in standardized boxes which can be just plugandplayed to each other All the plans are open and you know exactly what you have to do.
To make a module which fits to our system and you can even adapt the code to make it perfect to your needs It's tackling 2 problems The social problem is that there's lots of people in the world that don't have access to energy you don't have to bring a whole grid to them but you can just bring SunZilla Of course, the environmental impact is there's less use of fossil fuel the diesel generator emits noise and air pollution and SunZilla does not in the bigger picture it's about making people independent again.
From big power suppliers we want to create grids from the bottom and not from the top of course, I could go to a big company as an engineer, I would earn a lot of money but this is not what I want I want to leave my footprint a positive footprint in the world and use the time I have in my life to do something great and make the world a bit more sustainable I was always looking for a project or something where I can put my energy in.
Which will provide a benefit to the environment or to people, in general, in the world for me, it feels very selffulfilling to know that we work as a group and we are deciding on what we do and why we do it You feel connected to a bigger community of people who try really hard to work on this issue it feels like, okay, we are going in this direction and maybe we'll arrive there and could contribute something to it, too life is about learning and with such a project.
How to build a DOCK BOX
Those of us who spend a lot of time at the dock know how much stuff can accumulate down here over the course of the day you know what I hate picking up after my dock side guests time and time again besides where am I going to put this wet stuff well today we're gonna work on a storage solution called a dock box to solve this problem found these plans for a dock storage box in Canadian home workshop magazine it's a pretty straightforward project I've got a couple of scraps of three quarter inch ply.
That we're going to use for the ends First we're going to rip them to width and then we're going to basket bottom profile plans call for a centre eight inches from the top of the basket and we want a six inch radius or other words half the basket width Clamp these together and cut them out with my jigsaw I'm going to give them a quick sanding just to tidy them up So, here we are we got a couple finished slats.these come out of five quarters by six cedar.
Really don't have to but it looks a lot better if you do some treatment to the edge alright ready for assembly I got my basket ends and my basket is upside down obviously We've got the basket finished time to do the legs plans call for two and a quarter by two and a quarter legs So, I'm going to have to rip this four by four cedar to that dimension So, I need four at seventeen These are going to be positioned like this.at both ends Here we go! Done and done!.
Now we're on to the lid! I'm gonna glue five together, good quality outdoor wood glue notice that bead dead centre that's because I know what I'm doing I'm a trained professional I've left these long because I'll cut it to length after it dries Now the worst part of this of course is that you have to wait for the glue to set.and that's going to take the good part of an hour so What am I going to do in the meantime Alright glue is set I'm just going to take the mark clamps off.
Plans call for the lid to be seventy inches in length So I'll cross cut that to length We've prompted to use these nice decorative tee hinges and most importantly They're super easy to put on could be a little overkill but I'm gonna use number nine three inch deck screws Now the plans don't call for it but you can see I added a chain stay to prevent the kids or my soninlaw from ripping the hinges out Let's get this thing down to the dock Well this dockside box sure is a big improvement.
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