|solar reflection and digestion|
Yesterday, I tagged along with my friends to a neighbor who is selling solar panels. Good quality solar panels, not the junky (though usable) Harbor Freight panels that I currently have two sets of. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to purchase a high quality panel at almost wholesale prices. And when I installed it today, I almost doubled my energy. I can now harvest 170 watts of solar power every hour, enough to run multiple computers, lights, radio, power tools, and even a refrigerator.
The weakest part of my system now is my battery bank. I have two decent deep cycle batteries. Good for now, but not enough to maximize storage of all of the energy that is now available. I may want to save all this sunshine for a rainy day.
One of the great things about a solar system is that you can add on incrementally, as you feel that you need more power, and as you can afford it. It is a marvelous investment with guaranteed dividends.