#1
i've been thinking about installing solar panels at home and i was wondering if anyone had any experience with it. i've googled and there is so much info that i was hoping that someone who has actually done it to help break it down for me.

thanks in advance
#4
I know they are expensive a ****. But they save on your monthly electric bill!
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I know they are expensive a ****. But they save on your monthly electric bill!

I think that's kind of the point.
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You stick them on your roof and then it makes the world happier.
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I think that's kind of the point.



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they're expensive and have crap efficiency

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He is unfortunately right about the crap efficiency, if you're somewhere with a lot of sun exposure then it might be worth it, but in quite a few cases it can have a long payback period as they are so pricey
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#13
they take the suns happy dust and turn it into electricity for your internet porn
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#14
I only know a little...


Direct thermal solar panels. Black panels with plastic tubing attached to the roof surface. Water flows through the tubing to heat your pool or preheat the water going to your hot water tank. Not terribly expensive. Good energy savings for specific applications.

Crystalline structure electric panels. Most efficient of the electrics. Also very brittle and easily damaged. Very expensive.

Amorphous structure electric panels. Less efficient than crystalline, but also less expensive. Very durable and flexible.

Electric panels alone aren't very useful. You can power DC devices directly from them and only when the sun is shining. A rechargeable battery array makes them more useful. Add to this a power inverter and a power management system to tie it into the AC power distribution in your home, and it gains more use. But this is a complicated, expensive system. The initial cash outlay takes years to recover. Some government programs will assist in the initial cost by making a tax credit available to homeowners.

That's about all I know.
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Well, the mechanics of how it works is pretty basic.

Solar power either heats water inside pipes and turns a turbine, or, takes the solar cells and turns it into hydrogen.

As far as being useful, it can be if you use it right. For instance, you can have it set so you use it through the day and you don't run off of your power-grid, and then come night, you can use whatever is left from the day and combine it with the power-grid power.

If you live in a super sunny place and have high powered solar panels, then you'll actually get more electricity than one can normally use in one day, and therefore, you can transfer the leftover power and put it on the grid, thus conserving power through out your community.

It's worth the investment if you can afford it.
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#16
you guys are both wrong
Bands I must see in concert
Silvertide
The Black Crowes
Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry
AC/DC
StoneRider
Freedomhawk
The Darkness and/or the sideprojects of the band members
Buckcherry
The Answer

Theres more. But those are the main ones
#17
thanks for the info SYK and Weeping Demon. i didn't really know how it worked. i have a friend that repairs what i think are the crystalline or the amorphous types so i can get the panels cheap. the setup is the part i wasn't sure about.
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thanks for the info SYK and Weeping Demon. i didn't really know how it worked. i have a friend that repairs what i think are the crystalline or the amorphous types so i can get the panels cheap. the setup is the part i wasn't sure about.

You can have the company install it. Also, it's typically tax deductible in the USA.
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#19
yes i have had experience with the panels


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placement is incredibly important.
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