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  • Post in thread: 14.4 KW solar, 40.96 kWh backup, 2 solark 15k inverters, off grid family home, doable or delusional?

    My 2 cents. prioritize air sealing the house. Put more budget toward air sealing and insulation...the kind that you can spray. We live in central texas...similar in many ways...just not as much humidity as y'all get. Manual J calcs are nice, but they are not worth much unless you have a...
  • Post in thread: My Base Electric Rate is Increasing by 31.5% Next Month

    In all fairness, I am pretty happy we have the ability to flip a light switch and have the lights come on...whenever I want. There is a cost to everything. I have certainly been to other countries where that is not a certainty...nor is fuel. Everyone needs to eat and put food on the table...
  • Post in thread: My Base Electric Rate is Increasing by 31.5% Next Month

    That is just the base rate...but, I think we end up around 10.3 cents per. Let's all be honest...I don't think we are doing this for the investment. :) The last few years the power has gone out for extended periods...this year's ice storm knocked out our power for 5 days. It is a big...
  • Post in thread: Shipping Container solar AC

    I have two 20’ containers. We used Tiger closed cell spray foam to seal up the inside after tension fitting 2x4 wall and ceiling framing and wiring. Sealed it up with drywall, etc. We mounted a window unit into the front (wood framed) wall. We set the front wall back a couple of feet to allow...
  • Post in thread: Just finished my solar mount!

    most structural steel can be purchased by the pound...if you can find the regional supplier. I paid 0.82/lb two weeks ago. 3" (3.5"OD) Schedule 40 pipe is 7.58lb/ft. It is not some flimsy fence post...it has a wall thickness of 0.216". Shape is not relevant when you get to a good source, they...
  • Post in thread: Trench and conduit advice

    Depends on what kind of soil you have, how deep you want to have the finished trench to be. Other considerations are obstructions, how close you are to buildings (and other things you don't want to destroy), and how much actual work you want to do. I have done a fair amount of this in our...
  • Post in thread: Signature Solar

    Well, I had thought about starting one of these threads, but didn't see a lot of upside...but, since it is here...:) Honestly though, the sales experience has been pretty darn crappy. I ordered inverters, charge controllers, BCS, etc, etc on the 7th...and I can't get a response as to when my...
  • Post in thread: When a solar enthusiast and a welding enthusiast really love each other (Warning - Photo heavy!)

    Maybe weld on a lift ring so you can pick ‘er up with a crane?
  • Post in thread: EG4 new AIO rated 12K output and 18kPV aka "EG4-18Kpv-12LV"

    Has anyone tried to replace fans with something like the noctura brand fans? I remember my TiVo fans being pretty noisy at times and someone suggested a noctura fan…it was night and day when I replaced them. Fans seem to be a recurring theme on these forums
  • Post in thread: My Base Electric Rate is Increasing by 31.5% Next Month

    The first part was really why I posted this. If the cost of electricity is causing a 30% increase in the cost of base generation, then I would think that would be an indication of what others may be seeing soon as well. On the investment side, I see it as more of a hedge or insurance...which I...
  • Post in thread: Here we go again... Another 400A split service setup with Sol-Ark 15K

    What are you running out of each 200a panels? And, do you really want to run everything in a grid down situation? I am working through a similar situation. In my case, I will have some significant shop tools in a large garage/shop and would like to have a dedicated 200a service for it. But...
  • Post in thread: Looking for Your 12am SOC

    I am putting together my super duper deluxe solar spreadsheet. Included is my Emporia Vues' usage data, PVWatts estimated solar output for my location (average of first week in August for now) with 6,12,18,24kwh solar arrays and I am trying my best to size battery banks based on 280ah...
  • Post in thread: My Base Electric Rate is Increasing by 31.5% Next Month

    And so it begins...
  • Post in thread: My Base Electric Rate is Increasing by 31.5% Next Month

    My well pressure pump froze and cracked. Ordered a new one the next day. It sat in a ups trailer for almost three weeks before it made it here. Once it did, I had it in place in about five minutes. That’s when my daughter let me know that there was a “waterfall on the back of the house”…the on...
  • Post in thread: Just finished my solar mount!

    Looks awesome...and the view too
  • Post in thread: The Solar Pergola Project - Repurposing a pergola I once built to power our home

    Yeah, no doubt they are going to be way more than that. Looks awesome.
  • Post in thread: Off grid with code approoval in Southern California

    Anything is easy with the right tool... https://www.ditchwitch.com/trenchers/ride-on/rt80/
  • Post in thread: Sol-Ark + Solar Assistant + Home Assistant - Question for those who know

    I think the issue is that you are selecting the wrong display type. Use the History Graph Card and select the same sensor you have already and then put in how ever many hours you want it to display. I use that to display a week's worth of data for many dashboards
  • Post in thread: Sol-Ark + Solar Assistant + Home Assistant - Question for those who know

    Ahh sorry. just re-read your initial post. I think the Energy dash is where you want to live. I know you are looking for something in your own dash. But, getting the energy one setup is pretty nice. The Statistic Card doesn't do that if you select "change" and "Today"?
  • Post in thread: Sol-Ark + Solar Assistant + Home Assistant - Question for those who know

    Is there only one sol ark sensor available in the HA sensor list?
  • Post in thread: Who is still building DIY batteries

    Also, how many batteries are ok to buy before you have a solar system?
  • Post in thread: Is this typical for a one line diagram?

    Ok. Thanks.
  • Post in thread: Sol-Ark + Solar Assistant + Home Assistant - Question for those who know

    I think wattmatters' suggestion to create a Meter Helper (Settings -> Devices, Helpers -> Meter Then use the Statistic card with Today & Change. I think that will get you there EDIT: I think you should still look into the Energy dash. Reset it if you already set it up empty. The refresh on...
  • Post in thread: Anyone buying these 305ah envision cells?

    Was just watching the assembly video they have on the EEL youtube channel. Looks like the battery mount front plate (the one inside the box behind the outer front plate) screws on and could possibly provide more room if the cells are swollen? How long did the shipping take when you ordered...
  • Post in thread: Austin TX Area: Need Electrician for Permit only

    Is this for the City of Austin or are you working in the county? There are people in Austin that allow people to use their license. Last time I heard, it was around $500 to have someone do that.
  • Post in thread: Who is still building DIY batteries

    bummer about the wires...but, it looks like you could set that mini-van on top of that box no problem. How thick is that plate?
  • Post in thread: Looking for Your 12am SOC

    I think I need to show you guys what I am doing. :) I will try to make a video tonight and walk through what I have so far...I think it is pretty cool. The goal is to use my ACTUAL usage data. I have three Emporia Vue monitors in use right now. I get to capture every watt used here...and LT...
  • Post in thread: Here we go again... Another 400A split service setup with Sol-Ark 15K

    I hear ya. I know the 400a service gets stuck in my head. The energy monitors I bought, plus the graphing available in Home Assistant have helped get me focused on the peaks and what my actual needs are. As many people have said, and will continue to :), you are not likely to max out your...
  • Post in thread: Off grid but still receive a utility bill

    we pay around $25/mo for the connection. That is far less than I pay for just about anything on a monthly basis...and living without electricity is not I am interested in doing. I see it as a $300/yr insurance policy
  • Post in thread: Another Parallel Sol-Ark 15k Thread

    Hi all, been lurking here for a while, watching and re-watching every solar video on YouTube, etc. I am trying to wrap my head around how to get to the finish line and start spending a bunch of money on solar equipment. We have an existing 400a service that we paid to put in a couple of...
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