Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Solar Project


Some time ago the power line from our barn to the garage fell.  Meaning a costly repair to us as the line needed to be run underground.  While we still had power in the barn, there wasn't any in the garage. Power needed for the son's small workshop and lighting in general.  

Money was going to have to be spent for repairs no matter what we decided to do.  And so, Secret Agent Farmer Man started researching solar power for the garage.  He decided to purchase a kit from Windy Nation and then spread it all out on the kitchen counter.  Because the professional thing to do is work among pasta and pizza boxes....



The four panels arrived several days after the initial kit and inspected.  You can clearly see my kitchen griddle behind Secret Agent Farmer man.  Confiscated by the Man-child for his knife making projects, it will now be powered via solar.  





The panels were attached to the garage roof  tout de suite.  


The panels send energy to the batteries which store it for use.  The box on the left gives information about usage and serves as a plug in device.  This allows our son to run his shop and light his area.  Separate solar lights provide lighting throughout the rest of the five bay building.  




All in all we spent a bit less on the solar project than we would have repairing the existing electrical line/problems.  And, we are not beholden to the electric company for any power we use in this building.....ever.  





39 comments:

  1. awesome! i hope it totally works well for you!

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  2. That 's so awesome! We are going 100% solar at the ranch we are building. Cost for us to run power to our land is huge and I'm with you. Why pay all that money and then have to keep paying monthly too.

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  3. That looks like a good solution especially since you had to spend money anyway.

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  4. Nice one and what an inspiration you are too.

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  5. I'm impressed! What a great way to handle that problem.

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  6. My uncle has this as well in his cottage, and it's working quite great for him!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  7. Smart thinking and isn't it nice to know that you're not dependent upon the electric company?

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  8. That's fantastic, Michelle - congratulations on the new solar cells!

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  9. So good for you guys to go "off the grid" in the garage! Maybe next you can do more buildings! Hubby got a solar panel for our trailer and was very pleased with how well we did camping in a wilderness camp for 2 weeks! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. An excellent choice!! You are ahead of everyone with this technology!

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  11. A good move Michelle - solar power is becoming more affordable and your hubby is obviously very handy installing it . . . :)

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  12. Looks like a great idea! He did a nice job on the project.

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  13. So many people are turning to solar power now, the way of the future.

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  14. I really like it when things work out . . .
    Especially when the cost is at a minimum and the results are positive.
    Great plan, idea . . . your husband should be proud of his success!

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  15. Michelle this is a terrific idea. Your husband makes it sound and look so easy to install -- to think that you can kiss the electrical bill goodbye for the five bay building is wonderful! -- barbara

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  16. Such a great investment-we live in the DFW metroplex and our energy bills are getting way out of hand.
    Great idea and my hat is off to your handyman hubby!

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  17. You will certainly be praising the merits of solar for years to come :)

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  18. I had no idea this could be done on one's own. Being beholden to the power company is no fun...will be checking this out soon. Have a great week!

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  19. Very smart and you will reap the benefits forever:)

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  20. Sounds like you did the right thing...even if it did add a bit of clutter to the kitchen for a while.

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  21. This is great: my compliments to the Secret Agent Farmer... Electrician!

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  22. Don't worry. In this day and age, your local SunGod will send you a monthly bill. Great work! Congrats on that $$$$ savor!

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  23. Incredible...ingenious...and in the long run, your money spent using the panels will pay for itself in the savings of the electric bill!

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  24. I wish I could do that!

    VDP is back with lots of photos of the US!

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  25. I hope they continue to perfect solar energy. How awesome that your husband is so handy.

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  26. nice...i think!?! i was so distracted by those pretty cake plates and those beautiful plum tomatoes ;)

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  27. Very nice! Need to show this to the Mr. If only kitchen tables could talk!

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  28. I love that you're doing this, Michelle. We would love to do it someday too. I hope it works really well for you.

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  29. Looks like quite the project.

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  30. A friend in NY had solar panels on her roof that powered her entire home, plus sometimes supplied extra power to the electric grid for the electric company, which she was paid for! They were fortunate to apply for and receive a grant that helped pay for the panels. I wish we could do that here as the Colorado sun is pretty strong!

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  31. I like that last line- not beholden. Boy I would love to not be beholden to the high cost of electricity! It looks like an interesting project and one that spread out a bit!

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  32. That is so interesting! Anxious to hear more from you on your satisfaction level of the project.

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  33. This is a great set up for emergency power. My hubby has a small set up with two panels and has it all wired into the house now. He wants to put the panels on our shingled garage roof that gets up to 3 feet of snow in the winter and has to be scooped off. hmmm. Not sure if this is a great idea. I've enjoyed visiting your blog. Pam

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