Mark Fox wrote: How painful is it to be without (much) electricity at night?
John Weiland wrote:The latter problem could be somewhat ameliorated by having them placed in some sort of earth-bermed shelter that would buffer the temperature swings more.
John Weiland wrote:
The transfer switch at our power pole allows me to disconnect the mains from the utility and use my generator for times when the power is out. Assuming enough solar panels (+/- complementing wind turbine) were installed and were producing enough AC power (via inverter) to feed into the house, one might simply disconnect from the utility in the morning and use the panels by day to run low-load appliances and re-power a few batteries. High-load appliances would be turned off during this period. Does anyone know of any rural cooperative utility law (USA) that would prohibit one from doing this on a routine basis? Does anyone's rural coop have a clause(s) about minimum KWh usage or frequent disconnect that I'm not aware of? Thoughts about an automatic transfer switch that might do this?....Clearly, this would be different than a "true" grid intertie set-up.
John Weiland wrote:Just a FWIW, it's probably been mentioned before, but there are those small thermoelectric "six-pack" coolers that draw ~50 - 60W that may be of use for some small refrigerator-storage applications.
John Weiland wrote:
I rigged up a string of 150W incandescent flood lamps (8 bulbs) over a remote space for feeding some geese and drove these with a 12V/~30Ah battery running through a 1500W modified sine wave inverter.....would leave the lights on for several hours while they fed and was pretty impressed with the output, duration, and robustness of the system.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Capacitors are an alternative power storage mechanism. They could easily hold enough electricity for LED lighting into the evening, and can power surge-loads during the day.