Sunday, April 18, 2010

Solar is finally completed!

As the title states, after a long wait, lots of red tape and a few dollars, the solar panels are finally hooked up and running. All 5.04 Kw. We had a great time watching the meter run backwards the first couple of days, but then the utility came and replaced it with a digital meter. Like digital slot machines this took away some of the fun and excitement, but the end result is still the same. It's been up and running for about 12 days and here are the statistics courtesy of the inverter box:
30 Kwh of electricity produced today
398 Kwh produced so far
676 lbs of CO2 saved

What would you do to celebrate? We brewed our first beer. With some help from my friend Chloe who is an experienced brewer and a fantastic local brew store (Brewer's Connection in Tempe) we now have 5 gallons of hefeweizen in the primary fermenter. Between that and the 5 gallons of honey mead bubbling in the closet, we should be in good spirits for awhile. :)

5 comments:

Steve said...

Hi rachel, I found your blog through urban homesteaders webring. I'm moving to the california desert which is a similar climate to phoenix so i was wondering if you could answer a bunch of questions for me? i started a blog too at http://iehomestead.blogspot.com

rachelbess said...

Sure Steve, I'd be happy to. :)

rachelbess said...

It might help to just email me directly, if there's a bunch. :) rachel at rachelbess (dot) com.

AJK said...

You guys ROCK! Solar and Aquaponics! Man, you are on the roll!

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