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isakshisinghal

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Hello Scott.

Thanks for the introductions. I am working as a renewable energy researcher and learning various aspects of solar energy. Happy to become part of the community and would love to learn and grow as a community member. Thanks a lot.[comp]


Looking forward to interacting with you all. [biggrin]

genclark

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Welcome nice and informative welcome ,Scott! Thanks!!

Newly 65 years of age...I have been researching on youtube and found the solar collector an awesome opportunity to save on your utilities and in my case much needed on a fixed income!! I have seen your videos many times and keep looking until I can afford the materials and gain confidence to proceed. I am happy to be here... I could not figure out the "join our email group"...finally found the yahoo group but it not let me join there so finally landed here. thanks for having a place to come and get the wealth of info that I know holds within!!
Gen

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Welcome Gen. Scott's job is keeping him super busy so he's not around much right now. Not to worry as there are plenty of others here who will help you with any questions.

Mike

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Genclark-

Welcome! Scott switched his Yahoo group here over 5 years ago as the Yahoo site was very limited and overwhelming as EVERY post was sent to your email inbox. So you can imagine how frustrating it was to receive dozens of emails each day about topics in which you had no interest. Now you have total control about which topics you wish to follow.

Many, if not most of use solar to save some money. But I enjoy it as a functional hobby as well since I like to tinker in my workshop. DIY solar can be very simple or very complex, depending on your abilities. But anyone with even minimal DIY skills can handle most solar projects. If a project seems a bit overwhelming, don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions. This is a good group for knowing or getting you the answers and what isn't know can usually be solved by the group. Can you tell us about what your goals are for using solar? Are you looking for winter heat? Hot water? Solar electric power your home?

Greg in Minneapolis[wave]
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Another new boy here. I've read through a bunch of your topics and there is a lot of great info out there. Hope to be able to add some of my own in the future. 

A little background: I have done some minimal PV installs in the past, under 400 watts mostly. I've been following solar PV since the 1970's back when it still cost a hundred bucks a watt installed. I keep planning on installing a set of panels at the house but as cheap as solar has become I still can't quite justify them because I am pretty frugal with energy use in the first place. Average utility bill is under $50/mo and that is here in California where electricity is 20 cents/kwh. 

This winter I built a 4 x 8 air heater just for testing. It needs some upgrading for better output but on a sunny day here in Sacramento it helps heat a 350 sq ft. room from 60 degrees in the morning to 68 to 70 degrees in the afternoon on days when the high temp is in the low 50's F to low 60's. So that is pretty helpful. 

Once the heaters I build get to the 50-60% efficiency level then I plan on building them and giving them away to people who need help saving money. You might say "how can someone afford that"? Well the internet is a wonderful tool. Living in somewhat of a metropolis it is pretty easy to find most of the materials needed for free on CL. The hardest part will be the glazing material. I do see the occasional tempered glass sheet but not as frequently as I would like. I will contact some of the window installers in the area. Many times they will give away windows they have removed from upgrades rather than having to pay to have them hauled off.

There are a few reasons I want to give away the heaters. One is to help people out who need it. The second is to cut back on waste going into land fills. Third is to help offset the need for fossil fuel usage. Hopefully I can do some good.

Oh, also I have have been car free for the past four years getting around on my Catrike Expedition. Guess I'm going to have to buy a truck to be able to collect the building materials I'll need to make this happen.

John J. In the future to be known as JJ

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genclark

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Thanks Mike!!


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Welcome Gen. Scott's job is keeping him super busy so he's not around much right now. Not to worry as there are plenty of others here who will help you with any questions.

Mike
genclark

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Thanks Greg!!
Let's see.. I want to use the sun during the day to offset the need and cost of heating my home and by design I(pulls the hot water from ceiling to the outside) found also help with cooling in summer. Also like a solar hot water and finally get brave to tear apart son dead big screen TV for the lens to play with( I would not let his toss is...lol.

I put together window screen cooler pads and had the submersible pump on solar/battery but after 3 pumps changed and had it just water drip and diverted all water to the garden for double use. Idea came from looking at my swamp cooler... will see if I have a picture I can share
Happy To be Here!! No One Will Call Me Crazy !!
Gen


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Genclark-

Welcome! Scott switched his Yahoo group here over 5 years ago as the Yahoo site was very limited and overwhelming as EVERY post was sent to your email inbox. So you can imagine how frustrating it was to receive dozens of emails each day about topics in which you had no interest. Now you have total control about which topics you wish to follow.

Many, if not most of use solar to save some money. But I enjoy it as a functional hobby as well since I like to tinker in my workshop. DIY solar can be very simple or very complex, depending on your abilities. But anyone with even minimal DIY skills can handle most solar projects. If a project seems a bit overwhelming, don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions. This is a good group for knowing or getting you the answers and what isn't know can usually be solved by the group. Can you tell us about what your goals are for using solar? Are you looking for winter heat? Hot water? Solar electric power your home?

Greg in Minneapolis[wave]

genclark

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Hello JJ... I have a JJ but is-a-she 😉

Biggest things I wanted to say is WELCOME AND.... KUDOS To You For Planning On Helping Others With Your Builds!!
I Too want to get this done and successful, then work to get builds to those who need a break on the electric bills!
Gen

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Another new boy here. I've read through a bunch of your topics and there is a lot of great info out there. Hope to be able to add some of my own in the future. 

A little background: I have done some minimal PV installs in the past, under 400 watts mostly. I've been following solar PV since the 1970's back when it still cost a hundred bucks a watt installed. I keep planning on installing a set of panels at the house but as cheap as solar has become I still can't quite justify them because I am pretty frugal with energy use in the first place. Average utility bill is under $50/mo and that is here in California where electricity is 20 cents/kwh. 

This winter I built a 4 x 8 air heater just for testing. It needs some upgrading for better output but on a sunny day here in Sacramento it helps heat a 350 sq ft. room from 60 degrees in the morning to 68 to 70 degrees in the afternoon on days when the high temp is in the low 50's F to low 60's. So that is pretty helpful. 

Once the heaters I build get to the 50-60% efficiency level then I plan on building them and giving them away to people who need help saving money. You might say "how can someone afford that"? Well the internet is a wonderful tool. Living in somewhat of a metropolis it is pretty easy to find most of the materials needed for free on CL. The hardest part will be the glazing material. I do see the occasional tempered glass sheet but not as frequently as I would like. I will contact some of the window installers in the area. Many times they will give away windows they have removed from upgrades rather than having to pay to have them hauled off.

There are a few reasons I want to give away the heaters. One is to help people out who need it. The second is to cut back on waste going into land fills. Third is to help offset the need for fossil fuel usage. Hopefully I can do some good.

Oh, also I have have been car free for the past four years getting around on my Catrike Expedition. Guess I'm going to have to buy a truck to be able to collect the building materials I'll need to make this happen.

John J. In the future to be known as JJ



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Just found your forum yesterday and have already did lot's of reading on solar systems. Probably just enough to be dangerous 😁

I found a couple other formus, but reading though some of their posts, it led me to believe they weren't really for beginners and i was a little worried about posting "beginner" questions

Bill

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