Saturday, 25 March 2017

Almost April and another snow storm here in Canada.

View out the front window this morning ...

We are March 25th and still getting snow here in Eastern Ontario Canada, about 20 minutes from Upper State New York.

Maybe we have 12 more weeks of winter up here ???

My Empire Apple Tree and a few spruce and pine trees in the yard.

Saturday, 4 March 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, 3 March 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