50 KWH output!
Except for a short run of grounding wire (to be completed tomorrow) and screwing down the gangplank boards shown on our brand new "solar gangplank" (needed to get up there and adjust the solar panels' tilt 4 times a year), we completed our 10KW system on a bright, sunny, Autumn weekend and reaped a record 50 KWH in one day (Sat, 10/2/10), followed by 46.52 the next (Sunday). In 3 years this building's power bills have been as low as 37 KWH and as high as 356 KWH. So in one day its entire (lowest) power bill was covered, and its highest would take only seven such days. All monthly excess power gets fed into the grid so that the power company issues a check at the end of the year. Special thanks to all my friends who helped with this project, most particularly famed Gillis Springs craftsman Russell Love, Dublin, Georgia electrician Gary Lausch, "Solar Master" Jeff Kaye of Vidalia, Georgia, and Ellen G. Elze, CPA, a super-accountant who's also quite handy with a wrench.
Oct 3, 2010