DIY Home Solar Power Wrap-Up

New Universe

I have come to the end of my Home DIY guerilla solar power project.  All the panels are installed and operating so here is an overview of the whole project.

There are two separate panel installations.  The first is a pole mounted tracker that follows the sun throughout the day.

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The two panels on the tracker are rated at 250 Watts.  Each panel is connected to an Enphase M215 micro inverter converting the DC power directly to 220V AC power that is fed right into the circuit breaker box on the house.

panelsUp on the roof I have four additional 250 watt panels.  Each one is also connected to an Enphase M215 micro inverter.

The panels face west rather than south but that works out pretty good for me.

I built the mounting racks myself using parts from Home Depot.  See…

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Community Solar Concept A Big Hit At Michigan Energy Fair

CBS Detroit

(Note: For coverage of Friday’s activities at the Michigan Energy Fair, click here. For a photo gallery from the Michigan Energy Fair, click here. For a video up close and personal look at a 1.6-megawatt, 300-foot-tall wind turbine, click here.)

LUDINGTON (WWJ) — Remember this phrase: Community solar.

It may just be the way solar energy finally fulfills its promise of cheap, clean electricity.

The dedication of a new community solar installation in Traverse City Friday was the buzz on Saturday at the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association’s  Michigan Energy Fair in Ludington.

Basically, a community solar installation is a lot like a community garden. A group of people pool their money and labor and enjoy the results.

In Traverse City, the Cherryland Electric Cooperative — later joined by Traverse City Light & Power, a municipality — decided to offer customers the chance to buy a single…

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