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Old 10-15-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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I would really like to learn more, or how to get started. Does anyone know where to start. My place is very small and I would like to make it green. I am having trouble getting started. I am open to any suggestions.

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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Net metering just means your meter runs backward when your home is producing more electricity than it is consuming. It does this because in that condition, you're actually pushing current out to the grid to be consumed by other homes in the area.

Photovoltaic systems are quite expensive. If you have a contractor install one, you might be looking at up to $16,000 per peak kilowatt of capacity. If you do it yourself, maybe more like $6000 per peak kilowatt.

You need to find out how much electricity you actually use each month, find out how much peak capacity you'll need to supply that amount in your area, and go from there.

Good luck. You're in for quite a steep (and interesting) learning curve.

BTW you can generally get much better bang for your buck by installing a solar water heating solution.

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Old 10-15-2008, 07:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. What I really want to do is connect a generater. Does anyone Know how to connect to the house
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Thanks for your reply. What I really want to do is connect a generater. Does anyone Know how to connect to the house
That's going to make your house green?
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:01 PM   #5
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What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
I bet he's going to sell electricity to the grid for profit. With a generator.

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For the generator tied into the grid you will need net metering , specal control panel and few specal rules and that have to be run by POCO to verify if they will allow it.

The POCO will have sometype of guideline telling you what they will allowed and what not.

I know alot of pepoles installed wind generators , solar panels etc etc and I all i can say there is new code written in there it should be in Art 705 and also 680 If i recalled it right.

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Photovoltaic systems are quite expensive. If you have a contractor install one, you might be looking at up to $16,000 per peak kilowatt of capacity. If you do it yourself, maybe more like $6000 per peak kilowatt.
Just throwing this out there.. My POCO was offering HUGE rebates to customers that did grid-tie photovoltaics (50% of the cost, parts and labor). That + tax benefits can make it pretty affordable. I did some calcs and got 2 years until ROI if I could DIY, and 5 years with pro install. Worth looking into to see if your utility is offering something similar if you want your house to be greener.

I know you said you want to hook up a generator.. If it's gas/diesel/NG/propane, then I'm on board with the comments above. If you mean a wind/hydro generator, then good deal.

The connection between the home's power source, the utility, and the home's load is called a grid tie inverter. (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_tie_inverter ). At minimum, you'd need one of those + you'd need to clear it with your power company (and have them replace the meter, if need be).

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The POCO will have sometype of guideline telling you what they will allowed and what not.
Definately talk to them first about what you can and cannot hook up to their grid. ^^^

Also, your local town/city/etc may have specific rules.
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I bet he's going to sell electricity to the grid for profit. With a generator.

With what? Stolen gas? That's about the only way he would make money.
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Recent large installations of renewable energy sources have helped to finalize the responsibilities of the various "Players;" streamline the interconnection; and establish metering practices. In Texas, the utility companies ["lines and poles" provider] use approved Interconnection Agreements which outline the requirements for tying into the electricity grid regulated by ERCOT.

This is a new area, but not unchartered. For detailed information, check out the response for proposals to the Goodfellow AFB PV Array project. All documents and steps are posted.

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I would really like to learn more, or how to get started. Does anyone know where to start. My place is very small and I would like to make it green. I am having trouble getting started. I am open to any suggestions.
I can help you..please feel free to contact me.
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One thing I hate that some people say is that you "help" the environment by saving electricity in your home, etc. I don't like that statement because its false. Don't get me wrong, Im totally for it....for the money you save...
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One thing I hate that some people say is that you "help" the environment by saving electricity in your home, etc. I don't like that statement because its false.
That all depends on how the electricity you use is generated.
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I can help you..please feel free to contact me.
Why don't you provide the OP with some assistance here, for everyone to benefit from? Not just now, but for anyone who runs across this thread in the future, I am sure there are others out there who would be interested...
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That all depends on how the electricity you use is generated.

Yes, but when you pull more current, the equipment that generates the power doesn't "speed up" or "slow down". Though I still think that renewable energy is important, who doesn't?

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