Saturday, 13 May 2017

Where to buy Solar Panels ? Best Prices & Quality

A question that comes up every day in the "Living off the Grid" Facebook Group is where is the best place to buy Solar Panels ... so I'm going to start a list here on the Group blog and will update often. You can also include your preferred place to buy Solar panels in the Comments below and I will add to the list.


USA:

1. The Top place I see Recommended by Group Members so far is: https://www.wholesalesolar.com/
They list them by cost per watt ...  https://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels
They have discounted Solar Panels you can buy by the palett (25) as low as .77 cents per watt.
So the more you buy the lower the price.  They currently have Free Freight February going on.

2. Home Depot will have sales on Solar panels that brings the cost down to $1 per watt and will offer Free Shipping. (Watch for Sales)  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Grape-Solar-100-Watt-Polycrystalline-Solar-Panel-for-RV-s-Boats-and-12-Volt-Systems-GS-Star-100W/204211365

3. Renogy is often mentioned in the Group. I know that Amazon.com sells these and includes Free Shipping:   Renogy 100W Polycrystalline Photovoltaic $126 with Free Shipping (Watch for Sales)  http://amzn.to/2kG8mMn\


4. Fabtech has new and used panels for as low as .37 per watt.  http://fabtech.net/products/  300W+ Mono Solar Laminates from US manufacturer

CANADA:


1. Solacity  in Kemptville Ontario has a 260 watt solar panel for $202 CDN which works out to 77 cents CDN per watt or 54 cents US$ per watt  ... http://www.solacity.com/product/canadian-solar-cs6p-260p/


2. SolarTrader.ca where they have panels that are manufactured in Ontario and sell for $1 per watt (Shipping is $133.64 )
http://www.solartrader.ca/Solar_Panels_Ontario_Cost__Solar_Panel_Prices_Ontario


3. Many people starting out will also buy solar panels at Canadian Tire whenever there is a sale. Regular prices are very high. http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/household-pets/solar-panels-accessories/solar-panels.html?adlocation=LIT_Category_Lifestyle_EnergyProductionCat_SolarPanel_en


Here is a Website that lists the Best Prices on Solar Panels: http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/surveys/free-solar-panel-price-survey/

Currently: Canadian Solar CS6X-320P is listed at the lowest Cost per panel at $0.51 per watt
Please list your Favorite place to buy Solar Panels in comments below with cost per watt and your commentary on why it's the best place to buy Solar Panels.

Friday, 12 May 2017

How many KWhr of Electricity do you use each day ?

The first step in going off the Electrical Grid is to understand how much Electricity you currently USE and determine how much you actually NEED.

Do you know ? You can check your Electrical Bill and it should show you how much you are presently using. 1000 KWhr per month ? 500 kWhr / month ?

The average is around 900 kWh per month .... about 30 kWhr per day.
To go off the grid you will need to get below10 kWhr/day (300 Kwhr/mo)  or the Solar -Wind-Generator Power system will cost you a Fortune.

You need to determine what appliances you will need in your  new Tiny Offgrid Home. Fridge, heater, fan, TV,  LED Lights, Internet ? You can figure out how much electricity your current appliances are using and begin to calculate how much Solar - Wind - Generator - Alternative power you will need to keep your stuff running.

The P3 Kill a Watt Electricity Usage Monitor is a Great tool used to help you determine what each appliance uses each hour, each day, each month .....

Available on Amazon for $23 with Free Shipping:    http://amzn.to/2jpMi7a

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Going off the grid - A practical Guideline by Mark Snow


Going off the Grid for the Non Grid Tied Consumer prepared by Mark Snow,
Ottawa, Ontario Canada. You can click on each slide to enlarge to full screen .....













































Poll: What is the best Value / Return on Investment as far as Technology or Strategy for Living off the Grid ?


New Year Poll:

I know that it makes a huge difference where you live, whether you have long cold snowy winters, long hot humid summers, lots of sun, lots of wind, rivers nearby ... but just to get a general idea of what people have found to be the best Value / Return on Investment so far on the things they are using to live off the Grid.

Take the poll in Right hand column   ->

Is it Solar Power ? Wind Power ? Geothermal Energy ? Micro Hydro ? Building a Tiny Home ? Thick walls with double Insulation ? Some other Technology or Strategy not listed -  Earth Ship ?

You could leave in the Comments below and I will revise the Poll at a later date ....

Monday, 8 May 2017

Dandelion Root Extract as Treatment for Cancer

University of Windsor biochemistry researcher Siyaram Pandey has the official go-ahead to test dandelion root extract as a treatment for patients with terminal cancer. Dr. Pandey and his student researchers have successfully shown in the lab how the extract causes cancer cells to go through apoptosis, or cell suicide, while leaving healthy cells alone. - 


The Dandelion Root Project is aimed at showcasing scientific evidence for the safe and effective use of dandelion root extract and other natural health products for cancer therapy. The Dandelion Root Project started in 2009 in a bid to investigate the anticancer effect of the root extract of dandelions against cancer cells in the lab (in cells and in animal models). This project started with funding from the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 9671 (Windsor) and has been sustained by funding from other sources, including Seeds4Hope Grant (local Cancer Foundation), Lotte & John Hecht Foundation, The Pajama Angels and the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Private and personal donations have been made from the Windsor local community, as well as from all around Canada.

Since the commencement of this project, we have been able to successfully assess the effect of a simple water extract of dandelion root in various human cancer cell types, in the lab and we have observed its effectiveness against human T cell leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancers, with no toxicity to non-cancer cells.

Furthermore, these efficacy studies have been confirmed in animal models (mice) that have been transplanted with human colon cancer cells. We also applied for Phase I clinical trials in 2012 for the use of DRE in hematological cancers and in November 2012, we obtained approval for the administration of DRE in human patients and currently, the dandelion root extract is under Phase 1 clinical trials for drug refractory blood cancers.

 Studies to understand how dandelion root extract can identify differences between cancer cells and non-cancer cells are underway, while at the same time, the identification of the active components within the extract is ongoing. We are excitingly awaiting the results from these studies.


How to Make Dandelion Wine :