Originally Posted by jck
I think some of the equipment does qualify.
And, there are places to get good deals for solar. NewEgg was just the one place I knew had one. I just haven't researched them a lot.
I know that Ed Begley Jr. has his whole house on solar and he has a really elaborate setup...and, his paid for itself in like 7-8 years.
You wouldn't have to spend nearly what he did. Plus, solar will not only give you power free but you can run tubing under the panels and pump water from your hot water heater through the tubing that will heat water and keep your water heater which save even more power.
I just posted that... the one you showed was 80 watts and $550... the one I posted was $560 and 175 watts....
Usualy to do a whole house is around 20-25K now that usualy only offsets about 50%-70% of actual usage... but there are quite a few tax rebates.
There are just a few things to remember.
- you dont want to drain batteries (even deep cycle) below 50% capacity otherwise it will cut is life by more then half.
- During the winter you will have less light then in the summer, if you want it to run year round then you need to plan on 12 hours or charge and 12 hours of drain.
- If you pull 400Watts then you will need to provide twice that so you can replenish the batteries by the time they will be used.
- so 400 watts from computer --> needs 800 watts of solar. add in efficencys though... AC-DC converters are usualy 80-98% efficent, +80% efficent PSU for computer.