- 1/30/2015 9:35:58 AM
The extra power is a saving for the rainy season literally. The amount of power generated during rainy days is not enough to cover the power needed. On such days we use the accumulated power.
- 1/30/2015 9:17:19 AM
@Magneticnorth Currently the electricity board in Sri Lanka does not pay for the extra power generated. Instead it is deposited into your account. It's like a savings account at a bank. You can use your stored power when you need it.
- 1/30/2015 8:22:45 AM
@phoenix That's great. Some folks here actually generate enough power with their panels that they earn by selling their excess to the grid operator. Of course, that also means you need a heck of a lot of panels, which calls for a major investment. I live in a condo so I'm still searching for ways to put panels on the windows in a safe way.
- 1/30/2015 7:17:48 AM
@magneticnorth The current maximum capacity is 3.5KWp. It's more than enough for our needs. The average is around 3.2KWp. We have a whole roof covered in panelling. It's sunny all year round. The power generated becomes lower during rainy/ cloudy days.
- 1/29/2015 12:51:12 AM
Impressive indeed! May we know how many watts' worth of panels you use that you can power airconditioning? I'm also in the tropics, but I doubt I have the space for all those panels.
- 1/27/2015 8:58:37 AM
We recently powered our house in Sri Lanka with solar power. We are still connected to the national grid and when there is excess power the grid stores it and we can use it later. If we run low we get power from the grid. Although the initial capital investment was high since we are in the tropics we generate enough sun light to power the whole house with solar power. Even air cons.
- by Robert Allison, Blogger
- 1/27/2015 8:06:52 AM
Yeah, it appears a lot of cities don't like people "going off the grid" :\
Per the guess on my location - nope! ... here's a hint: it's in approximately the same longitude as the SAS Headquarters (ie, approx. same longitude as North Carolina).
- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 1/26/2015 11:20:19 PM
Let's see. I'm guessing the location in the photo is the Black Rock Dessert in Nevada.
One has to think before putting up a solar panel or windmill. Unfortunately, some cities have given residents trouble claiming zoning laws or being a nuisance. A current case is Jay Ngygard in Minnesota. The courts ruled in his favor because it says that residents can go off the grid, but the city is still threatening him with six months of jail time.
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