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chuckerants

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2002
Location
Phoenix
Good news is that APS (power company) has finally approved the solar panel install and all I have to do is have the solar company literally flip a switch at my house. Jst in time for the 110F+ weather this week.

The bad news is that both of my Folding rigs are in the garage where I guess it got so hot, I found both of them shut down this morning.

Assuming the panels are switchd on next week, I'll know in 2 months just how much money I save with the solar panels. I guess I also need to have the electricals upgraded in the garage for my Folding rigs and MacGuyver some kind of cooling in there.
 

WhitehawkEQ

Premium Member
Joined
Dec 6, 2010
I guess I also need to have the electricals upgraded in the garage for my Folding rigs and MacGuyver some kind of cooling in there.

You think? :rofl: I would say you need more than just some cooling, insulate that garage :)
Congrats on the Solar :thup:
 

Silver_Pharaoh

Likes the big ones n00b Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2013
Sweet!

I tried this once back a few years off some batteries and a few panels.
Lasted 2 hours running a 7850 and 6850 mining full tilt off of 2 large AGMs.

Then my dad blew up my inverter! :rofl:
 
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chuckerants

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Mar 8, 2002
Location
Phoenix
Looks like the Folders are coming in the house for the Summer. They lasted until 10AM before the garage got too hot and they both shut down.
 

caddi daddi

Godzilla to ant hills
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
trying to fold in phoenix, in the garage, in the summer..... kidding.... right?????????
I have a small, support location out in paurump Nevada, just forget that kind of stuff.

can't wait to see the numbers on the solar after a while, who did you go with?
 
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chuckerants

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Joined
Mar 8, 2002
Location
Phoenix
Solar City.
trying to fold in phoenix, in the garage, in the summer..... kidding.... right?????????
I have a small, support location out in paurump Nevada, just forget that kind of stuff.

can't wait to see the numbers on the solar after a while, who did you go with?
 

Jmtyra

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Joined
Aug 18, 2010
Location
Dallas/Fort-Worth
Congrats on the solar install. I'm jealous! :) :) :)

We've been talking to SolarCity as well, and once we get 3~6 months worth of electric bills we're going to get a quote and (hopefully) move forward.

Let us know how it goes with the billing once you go a month or two now that the system is online.
 

don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
Very cool. While solar is not ready for my part of the country, I am very interested in how it goes. In terms of your 110 degree days already, we are dying in the low 80's. I can't even imagine. Protect those folders!
 

caddi daddi

Godzilla to ant hills
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
evaps work best out in the drier parts of the country, as humid as it is here in the south east we use them.
 

wjruth

Member
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May 26, 2010
Location
Allentown, PA
I think in the south they get called swamp coolers though, right? Without grants, solar panels don't pay in the northeast.
 

montaillou

Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2006
Location
US West Coast
I put solar on my house a couple years ago. 13 panels ($20k, all I could afford) handles about 40% of my usage (single, living in an old house).

Btw, high heat hurts efficiency of the panels. Still, you probably get more sunny days than I do in the Pacific NW.
 

caddi daddi

Godzilla to ant hills
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
back in florida we called them swap coolers, because we crackers could not afford a/c.