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Re: [APD] [Off-Topic] Supplementing Electricity with Solar

OK...time for me to chime in...

Take a look at this thread: 

Let me know what kind of questions you've got.


On 2/6/2006 11:19 AM Gordon McLellan said the following:

>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
>more difficult.
>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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