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Thursday, 01 November 2012 07:21

Sandy: We were lashed with 50+ mph winds and inches of rain, but our home remained tight and snug. While many areas along the Maine coast lost power, we were fortunate that the gird stayed 'on' - however, our backup system was ready to take over if needed. Our home is so well built that we don't hear or feel the wind until it reaches at least 30 mph.

oct12PV Output: We generated 278 kWhrs of power in October - below normal due to extensive cloudiness. This brings us to 3,739 kWhrs for the year with two months to go. We should generate more than our annual goal of 4,000 kWhrs.

evoct12Plugin Prius: My new Plugin Prius is doing amazingly well. This shot, taken on October 31st, is no Halloween joke - 112 mpg average for the first three months of my lease. Admittedly, I use the car primarily within a 12 mile radius, but even the hybrid mode (coming 'on' as it does on longer trips) produces a satisfying result of 55+ mpg and the engine remains 'off' for the first 13 miles. I am totally pleased!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:59
 
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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:12

4.6Bulletin: The Maine Solar House weathered a 4.6 earthquake on September 16th at 7:12 p.m. We could hear/feel it approaching, took a sizeable jolt and then observed it diminishing - total time around 10-15 seconds. The epicenter was 16 miles away at a depth of only one mile. I've never felt anything like that here in Maine.

sept12Monthly Report: The September sun did well by us as our 4.2 kW array generated 382 kWhrs of electricity. Running total for the first nine months is 3,461 kWhrs generated in 2012. Without a meteor striking the house, we'll easily make the 4,000 kWhr goal and then some.

Plugin Prius:  Our new Plugin Pirus, now two months old and with some 2,000 miles on the odmeter, is averaging 109MPG! What a joy to only have to buy gas every 2 1/2 weeks. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 07:44
 
Our Solar Open House was a Success! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 October 2010 17:57

The National Tour of Solar Homes was held on Saturday, October 2nd. It was a classic fall sunny day here in Maine - 65 degrees and our house was harvesting the sun at a record pace. The PV array generated 22 kWhrs of electricity and our solar thermal panels harvested 40,000 BTUs of heat energy.

Lots of good folks visited us. They either knew about solar, are using it, are about to build a new home or are just beginning to ask questions. The following video represents the comments of those who came to see and learn - they left impressed.

Thanks to those who made this open house such a rewarding experience - our visitors and NESEA, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, which pointed interested folks in our direction.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 April 2011 05:28
 
2010 Power Generation Summary PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 December 2010 18:58

pv-2010Another strong year for electrical production from our 4.2 kW array: 4,229 kWhrs! That's an average of  352 kWhrs per month.

In December we generated 205 kWhrs of electricity...on the low side, but now the days are getting longer as the sun rises higher in the sky each day.

As you can see from the chart, it's not quite a bell curve but does reflect higher output in the middle months with a decided decline in the fall through the end of the year.

We're now in our 16th year and the PV array continues to deliver electricity in the 4,200 kWhr range annually. That's some 62,000 kWhrs over the first 15 years which is, as they say in Maine, 'wicked good!'

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 April 2011 05:27
 
It's a New Look! PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 May 2010 06:23

 

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This is a new look to our 15-year-old website. It will allow you to comment on my postings , to which I will respond, and receive email updates (likely no more than one a month). It's based on the free Content Management System called Joomla!

 

But, in order to use these features, you'll need to create an account. Your email address will not be sold to or shared with any others. Let's keep the solar discussion rolling.

Importing the previous site's material will take some time, so in the meantime, you can see that material by going here. Lots of good material.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:59
 
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