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Re: [APD] [Off-Topic] Supplementing Electricity with Solar
Energy is energy ... whether you buy it from the utility company, or
make it yourself.
Of course, implementing a solution in a practical manner is somewhat
The solution would be to charge a bank of batteries with your solar
array _and_ using a managed charger connected to the main grid ...
when the batteries are insufficiently charged by the 'free' solar
power, you buy electricity from the grid to charge them
As far as I'm aware (which I don't know that much), there's no device
that would allow you to take 'some' energy from solar and 'some'
energy from the grid, in a real time fashion.
On 2/6/06, Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz> wrote:
> There seem to be a few electricians on the list, and I have an
> electrical question tangentially to planted tanks. I want to know if it
> is possible to supplement the power on a circuit with solar power. In
> other words, if I am running 500W of lighting on a circuit, can I hook
> up 200W worth of solar panel and decrease my effective consumption to
> 300W, or do I have to supply the entire circuit from the solar array's
> inverter and switch between mains and solar depending on the output of
> the solar panels?
> Jerry Baker
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