Brian's Solar Electric System
(All panels are installed and producing, 3120 Watts Peak)

date
range
KwH avg
per day
2012-08-01 - 2012-08-06 16.36

array of solar panels
solar output hourly chart solar output daily chart

What wisdom can I offer in having done this?

Spreadsheet of Components & Costs

California Solar Electric System Incentives

State of California's Power Production (Stage Alerts, etc)

Overview

I started this project in 1999. My 2400 Watt system went online in 2000 and for 6 years it was pretty much a disaster. On August 13th, 2007 I discovered that the manufacturer of the panels (Kyocera) was willing to swap the defective panels they had sold me for new ones. I still wonder why Arizona Wind & Sun never mentioned this known problem to me. Time will tell if things have improved.

News

07/30/2017 My 1998 Trace Engineering SW4048 Inverter repair

07/15/2017 My 1998 Trace Engineering SW4048 Inverter repair 07/10/2017 My 1998 Trace Engineering SW4048 Inverter failed 07/10/2015 Using Phillips LED Bulbs now 06/15/2015 my CREE LED Bulbs are failing at a very high rate 12/07/2013 LED Bulbs vs Incandescent cost effectiveness depends on climate 11/26/2013 More cool CREE lightbulbs 8/22/2013 Understanding step-up transformers 6/15/2013 LED lights that I like 5/28/2013 Fully self-contained 3/1/2013 Downgraded Inverter 10/08/2011 System is again online 11/16/2008 6 months of good production 03/26/2008 First semi-real time charts 03/05/2008 Swapped out Trace C40 for Tristar TS-60 03/03/2008 20 of 24 panels up and running. 02/03/2008 Brian ends his moratorium on Fluorescent light bulbs 09/25/2007 Wow my meter is going backwards 09/22/2007 Installed 16 of 24 panels

09/18/2007 Replacement panels were delivered today

09/14/2007 Replacement panels from Kyocera

09/14/2007 No replacement panels from Kyocera 08/19/2007 08/15/2007 Sent paperwork to Kyocera 08/13/2007 Kyocera may replace all my panels
08/12/2007 Still less then expected performance.
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19.15 17.71 18.90 15.77 18.00 7.90

5.65 5.74 5.81 4.83 4.99 0.00

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19.11 18.69 18.88 16.22 18.30 18.30

5.11 5.77 5.78 5.60 5.75 6.00

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19.00 18.68 16.26 18.70 17.00 19.70

5.90 6.00 6.10 5.85 5.15 6.06

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19.21 18.11 17.49 16.22 18.00 16.87

6.24 6.15 6.00 6.46 5.40 5.54







at C40 panel





watts 264 265 52 158 0 0
amps 5 5 1 3 0 0


05/18/2006 7 of 24 panels performing poorly 05/08/2006 Very poor output this year 02/05/2004 Moved 07/10/2003 Scrapped my Staber 2000 washing machine 03/14/2002 Panels doing better than reported earlier 03/03/2002 Well this is unusual: 01/03/2002 Saved $500 in electricity costs in 2001

11/06/2001 Got my CA rebate check!

9/22/2001 Where is the power going?

9/03/2001 All panels online

8/25/2001 Rearranged my panels

7/17/2001 Trace Engineering vs. Vanner

7/10/2001 Install of another Solar Electric System

6/18/2001 My first component failure

6/11/2001 Why is my production slowly going downward?

5/19/2001 Changed array to Spring/Summer Angle

4/24/2001 Loss due to tree estimated at 30%

4/23/2001 New panels online

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