Equipment Links for Information and Specifications


Solar panels (12 panels, 105 watt version)

http://www.matrixsolar.com/products/pw1000.html
 
Solar panel tracker
http://www.wattsun.com/products/wattsun_trackers/building_an_azimuth_tracker.html
 
Tracker tech info:

http://www.pacificsites.com/~sps/info.html

Performance comparison

http://www.wattsun.com/faq/cost_comparison.html

Annual power increase with trackers

http://www.wattsun.com/faq/selected_states.html

Insolation comparison maps for various tracker/nontracker configurations (use the links at the bottom of the page)
http://www.wattsun.com/resources/insolation_maps/map_index.html
 
 
Maximum Power Point Tracker
 
What is it?
http://www.windsun.com/ChargeControls/PPT.htm
 
My unit described here: (I am using model 3048, 30 amps, 48 volts)
http://www.rvpowerproducts.com/
 
 
Wind Turbine
Our turbine is now called the Wisper 500 (Formerly called the Whisper 300 and Whisper 175)
I chose this 3kw unit because the 1kw units are too small to be useful. After years of experience I say 3kw is "not too big".
 
Batteries
I have 1,000 Amp-hours of lead acid storage. This generally powers the house for about 3 days on a full charge before a recharge is suggested. It would run the house longer without a recharge but "depth of discharge" determines battery life. Shallow discharges extend battery life to about 30 years.
 
Inverter (model 4048)
http://www.traceengineering.com/products/sw/index.html
 
Hydro (coming)
http://www.microhydropower.com/index2.htm
I have the above hydro unit but it is not installed yet. My pipe run is rather long and this has presented several technical and site challenges that are hard to resolve cost effectively. It WILL be running some time in the future.
 
Composting toilet (life on a rock does now allow a septic field)
http://www.sun-mar.com/2002/centrex3000ne.htm
and THE bible on human waste composting
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0964425890/qid=1027090041/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/102-3218898-4726531
 

Cell Sockets (Cell phones)

Add $1,000 saved on phone bills to your alternative energy account!

Our personal phone bill was $135 per month for three personal phone numbers. Cell sockets (see below) allow us to cancel two personal phone numbers (eliminating two phone bills, the Saux Head phone and the Rock phone) bringing our total phone bill down to $45 per month for a single phone number with plenty of minutes. That one change saves us $1000 per year and eliminates nearly all nuisance sales phone calls at the same time!

Here is how it works:
We now use only ONE cell phone number for ALL personal calls. Our other two personal numbers have been cancelled.

When we are away from home we use the cell phone. When we are home, we put the cell phone in the Cell Socket. The Cell Socket transfers our cell phone calls to go through our house phones. When we are home and you call us on our cell phone, our house phones ring! When we dial out on our house phones, the calls go though our cell phone! It's that simple. One phone (bill) does it all! You might want to do the same and save some big money.

Here is the Cell Socket compatibility page. (This page doesn't list Nokia Cell Sockets)

Here is the FAQ page.

Here is Buy Cell Ware where I bought my Nokia Cell Sockets.

Economics?

I have written a short paper on this issue (because I am constantly challenged on the question). If you are interested, just ask.

Back to our Energy Home Page