Month: August 2016

 

Solar Eclipse on September 1, 2016 what does it mean if you have solar power?

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Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

We will be experiencing an unusual phenomenon tomorrow, an Annular Solar Eclipse.

What is a solar eclipse or an Annular eclipse. Let’s go to Wikipedia for answers.

”  A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide.”

This eclipse should last ten minutes or less and you should be able to observe it. Look out for it at about 9:01 AM.

For people with battery based solar installations it will be a little blip, a 30% drop and an over 70% spike in production is estimated. For larger systems (utility scale) it might be an issue if there is no means (storage) by which to absorb the drop.

Wear protective lenses and enjoy nature’s magnificence.

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Living off Grid in Magboro

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Our Client Mr. Sotonye came to our office today. He has been our client since February of 2014. For the last 8 months he has been living off the grid. He has power 24/7, does normal things, like pump water, toast bread, do laundry, power his AC, run his freezer, iron his clothes and once powered his hot water heater. He started with 1 Kw and his existing batteries and a 4 kw Inverter. He replaced his batteries with 8 Trojan L16 flooded batteries and a 60 amp MPPT charge controller.

He upgraded when he moved to Magboro. From 1 KW to 4 KW in panels. He has a diesel generator for back up on days when the sun does not shine to top up his batteries. He averages 4 hours every 2 weeks during really bad days of no or minimal sunshine.

Watch the video to learn more.

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