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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I finally bought a solar panel. In all honest, I do not know why I waited so long for. It is a Nekteck 20 watt solar panel. Before I bought the panel I asked myself, what purpose will the panel serve? I decided to go with a foldable solar panel with USB outlets for recharging flashlights, AA...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I just found this article by Steve Chastain; http://bestcentrifuge.com/running_on_waste_oil.pdf Everything someone might want to know about preparing waste/used motor oil for use in a diesel engine. I have been thinking about this for sometime. I even remember seeing an episode from "Doomsday...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I got my sump pump in today, its a Superior Pump 91330 1/3 HP. The next step is to get the solar panels, charge controller, battery and inverter. To prevent damage to the motor, I would like to install a Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) that will kill the power going to the inverter. The main...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    It isn't on the roof, it IS the roof! Finally, Solar power looks just as good as it works. It looks like a typical roofing shingle. It’s even durable like a regular shingle. But DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles provide dual functionality. They can withstand varying temperatures, wind, hail and...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Any problems, downsides, alternatives?
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was at my local Costco (Torrance, Ca) and came across these Goal Zero Nomad 7M Sherpa Portable Solar Power units... comes with a bunch of accessories- they are only $99 bucks. I bought one. Curious, I looked these up on Costco's website and they show $139.00. Couldn't find them cheaper on...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have had this wheeled battery cart with an inverter for some time but wanted to expand it to include solar panel inputs and add other capabilities. ^^The cart is a standard hand truck available almost anywhere. Although the battery makes the rig heavy, it still for the most part portable...
  8. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    Ok. I have read that solar panels performance degrades in sunlight over a period of 15-25 years. My question is, do they degrade on the shelf, if you are not using them? If I am storing solar panels in their packaging, do they naturally degrade as well? Thanks in advance. CSM101
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I recently installed a new bimodal solar system (grid tie, and non grid tie with battery backup). I have 33 X 230 watt solar panels. For a total system of 7.5 Kwatts. The problem is that I'm not generating the power I expected. In a weeks time (of relatively good weather, two mornings of...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Some will not be convinced there is free energy out there to be made. I don't want to get into a long debate or argument and people are welcome to their opinion. I just know after researching Tesla I was convinced it existed, but I wasn't going to spend a lot of money rebuilding his inventions...
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Has anyone ever heard about, or tried to setup a Bedini Monopole? My step son told me about the Bedini Monopole / Bedini Wheel today, so I decided to look at some youtube videos. I see people charging small 12 volt batteries with the wheel, but I do not know how its practical application is...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Have been looking into alternative energy sources and energy storage and I have some basic questions. I have a delicate understanding of electricity stemming from my navy cross training. I am trying to price out a battery bank and a solar array with a possible supplemental generator and/or...
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    There has been a lot of talk on emergency power,these systems will run small appliances,laptops,radios,etc.this is just one of the backpack solar units. http://www.ctsolar.com/ Cheaper source...
  14. General Discussion
    I have lived of the grid for almost 15 years with a combo of solar and wind power which provide almost all the power I need for my entire house. I am more then willing to share any and all info about this to help you avoid the costly mistakes I have made over the many years of experience doing...
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Harbor Freight is selling their solar panels on October 1, 2, & 3 for $150. Great price, good time to buy. http://www.harborfreight.com/retail-flyer?utm_source=itc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3710B Get 'em while they're hot!
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hey Folks, Saw this Solar Panel on sale at Harbor Freight, and was wondering if anyone has one, and their thoughts on it. Since I'm in the suburbs, I'm looking to go more low-pro than with the noisy, gas consuming generator, and it looks like I can hook it up to car batteries (specifies 12...
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi All, As I'm going to purchase an off grid set-up I would be very interested to hear which brands/models are particularly well made/durable, as replacement post SHTF may be tricky. . . Which brand/models have you used for Solar Panels Deep cycle batteries (AGM ones) Pure Sine Inverter...
  18. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I cannot seem to find a dedicated thread for this, so I thought I would inquire. I am looking for a reliable dedicated hydro power solution. Preferably in stream, Here, but re routing an above ground line through a generator for easier repairs. Here is a nice site for hydro...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I found this on DealNews: http://dealnews.com/Sunforce-12-V-400-W-Wind-Generator-for-500-free-shipping/284439.html Sunforce 12V 400W Wind Generator Amazon.com offers the Sunforce 12-volt 400-watt Wind Generator, model no. 44444, for $499.99. With free shipping, it's the lowest total price...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Here is a video of our solar setup and our back up generator at our survival retreat. Check my other treads since I will be posting the story of our survival retreat in a little while. Wes
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