A very small step.

But an important one!

From the 21st November until the 23rd Sunshine Solar installed a solar panel system. But we were then told to wait until Pacific Power had come to the house to put in a new electricity meter. Last Thursday, 1st December, Brent from Pacific Power called by and replaced our electricity meter. He replaced it with a bi-directional meter that when we were producing more power than we are consuming then the surplus would be ‘banked’ to be used at times when we required the surplus.

This was the result of us investing in a ground-mounted solar system.

We purchased the system from Solar Sunshine after doing a great deal of research. Indeed Brent said that they were a great company.

The other thing that we had no choice over was to install a ground-mounted system some 120 feet from the house. Because neither the house nor the roof face East and therefore are no use for solar. But as Brent pointed out last Thursday the ground-mounted system, despite being more expensive, was a good alternative to the roof system because new roof tiles were irrelevant.

The system consists of 30 individual panels capable of producing a maximum output of 65 amps at 240 volts; in other words 15,600 watts!

Yesterday, Cory and Brandon (sp?) came out to the system and checked that it was alright. Plus they gave us an digital application so we could see how much power we were generating, plus more, and they also took some photographs, that I offer you now.

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This last photograph was one taken by yours truly with Cory on the left and Brandon on the right with Jeannie in the middle.

Finally, the ‘app’ is going to be very useful.

Already it shows that last Saturday the array produced 29 kilowatts and then yesterday, the 4th December, the array produced 22.9 kilowatts and these were by no means sunlit days all the time. That brings the total for all 5 days in December, in other words since the system went live, to 91.1 kilowatts as of 15:27 PT on the 5th.

We are most pleased with the company and the installation.

10 thoughts on “A very small step.

  1. That’s excellent news and wonderful customer service. We have solar panels to heat the water for showers etc. It works really well. It does help we have sun almost all year round in Turkiye though.

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    1. It’s early days but we are very optimistic that over time the system will be a good investment. But, obviously, our weather systems will not be as good as yours. Where in Turkey are you?

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      1. I know where you are. Many, many years ago I was living on a yacht in Larnaca and each Summer I would come up to Turkey, and Greece, especially to have a holiday with my son and daughter. They would fly into Antalya and then we would cruise the Turkish coast! Back in the years between 1978 and 1986!

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      2. Many moons ago I kept my boat in Marmaris. It’s a great place to come sailing.

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