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  1. Owner

    Boryana Straubel dies while cycling

    No wonder I couldn't find it. I did a search also.
  2. Owner

    Boryana Straubel dies while cycling

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Boryana-Straubel-38-Dies-Founded-a-Green-16288722.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-Editors-Picks
  3. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    No attic! Flat roof. No crawl space. Large overhangs to keep heat out in summer...
  4. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    Yes, there is a rebate thing going on. Thanks for the tip on the Rheem. I now need to find an installer. Okay, so how is technically 70% of the energy solar??? If I have it in a utility closet?
  5. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    Latest Update on trying to figure this out. I called a number of solar companies yesterday. Very few will upgrade any system unless they installed it. One company who says they will do it will install a second system in parallel. But they were not very enthusiastic about it and did not...
  6. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    From the consultant I was talking to he implied that the only reason they haven't taken off in the US is that we have insisted just basic solar to simplify the message. So glad to hear this is successful in France! I found a contractor that has been around the block for a long time and is...
  7. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    Substantially inland. Almost no fog. Even overcast seems to have died down completely in the last few years! Climate has drastically changed. Solar in general works great here.
  8. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    Good points. But could make sense if I can't add to my existing panels... in a sense buy electricity again rarely use A/C -- so summer I generate a lot of excess power Flat roof -- more than enough space for expansion
  9. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    3.8 KW 27 Sharp NE-17 15 years old
  10. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    My county has a new rebate program and an actual consultant team you can call for free. I explained my situation and they pointed to Solar Thermal and/or Vacuum Tubes. https://www.sunmaxxsolar.com/product-info/evacuated-tube-solar-collectors/...
  11. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    Well last time I checked and called around I was told 'your system is too old' we would just have to start from scratch. I think that was Tesla....and maybe a second person not sure. I think I may have found someone that will upgrade my solar. They have been around for 30 years so they may...
  12. Owner

    Solar Thermal or Vacuum Tubes

    I have had solar for 15 years now and the system cannot be upgraded. I have been waiting a while to heat the house with clean energy. Throwing out perfectly good panels (or donating them) seems a bit extreme, and running the electric heat pump on grid energy seems like a weak choice. I have...
  13. Owner

    Should i buy it. Model s 2019

    Sounds like someone with an insane amount of money and a large car collection. For whatever reason, he/she/they are "downsizing".
  14. Owner

    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    I have looked at that route in the past and ended up never doing it. Keeping your speed under 50 the whole time would be really really long, and would likely annoy those behind you. Definitely not in the winter. that is a lot of uphill and likely up and down and curvy roads. My gut says no --...
  15. Owner

    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    ? Are you saying your aging 2012's battery is too degraded?
  16. Owner

    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    I was a bit curious about showering since your not staying in hotels...
  17. Owner

    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    wow you made it to some of my local ones that I haven't gotten to. But I stopped playing pretty much after 100. I did just go the Cupertino Steven's Creek as I needed something from Target. :p
  18. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    I know this is off topic, but so on these trips you are just driving driving and driving? And then sleeping for short periods in the car? are you exploring or going out for walks or anything?
  19. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    Yup, staying at home. California has banned short-term rentals -- hotels, homes etc.. Although yes one household temporarily staying in another location likely carries little risk. Although there may be 'safe exceptions' and truly 'essential travel' -- people in general should not be traveling.
  20. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    I agree that 'can happen' but it is not very common for folks to be car camping solo or just in their 'car group from the same household' -- especially during the winter. I've seen youtube videos of folks camping and rv - ing. Most of them are meeting up with others and in and out of each...
  21. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    Unfortunately it is useless to discuss things with someone who does not believe in facts. You might need to do some real research on what you believe is true or not. I'm ending this discussion.
  22. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    San Francisco (the city itself) has and still has the lowest COVID rates and deaths in the nation. Folks are for the most part are following the rules.
  23. Owner

    What is your plan B?

    Hey we are in a raging pandemic. Stay home.
  24. Owner

    Supercharger - Kayenta, AZ

    I have no plans of going any time soon or even any year. I'm being a good citizen during the pandemic. I just love this part of the country and I'm a bit burned out of playing the charging game...
  25. Owner

    Supercharger - El Portal, CA (location speculation, permit not found)

    I am hopeful that this one will happen. This will ease the difficulty with Yosemite particularly if you go up to Tioga and over to 395. Tiny little Lee Vining has a charger now but not a supercharger. My older 85 is down to 83% of its battery, so the more superchargers the merrier.
  26. Owner

    Supercharger - Kayenta, AZ

    I just saw that. :( Guess my next trip will be in an ICE.
  27. Owner

    Superchargers in Northern California (location speculation)

    Yreka will be great offering flexibility going up I5 El Portal and Mariposa! Those will help with Yosemite flexibility too
  28. Owner

    Washington Post Tesla Fire hit piece

    I agree, I thought this article was not well served. What is the point other than to scare away the general public? It would be one thing if the Washington Post talked about electric cars regularly and this was one of 50 articles.
  29. Owner

    Latest Rivian news

    I want something for doing long road trips that are comfortable for boon docking. Don't expect to use 4WD but unpaved roads. Want to be able to carry paddle board, bike and sleep in the vehicle. -- not at the same time -- Having some storage, refrigerator, sink etc... is nice but not a...
  30. Owner

    Latest Rivian news

    I guess for me I took the EV charging part as just newbies that were too lazy to do basic research. It was kind of fun watching a pre-production car. The drama is a bit dull generally, and the sometimes silly antics isn't very interesting. It would have been more interesting if they...
  31. Owner

    Latest Rivian news

    Yes, I know. I'm looking at a Metris right now and would love the EQV. probably another couple of years to hit the states.
  32. Owner

    Latest Rivian news

    I've enjoyed watching this series and it ends this week. Its not a great road trip story but pretty good. The electric motorcycles are more highlighted than the Rivians. Sadly neither the Rivian or the Cybertruck are right for my needs. I want something at a minimum that fits in the garage...
  33. Owner

    Do you need fire suppression for 3x Powerwalls in Northern California?

    Having worked on fire issues for the last year, I do know that fire departments are careful with batteries. Having the fire department approve a location for powerwalls and have a few limits on their location is entirely realistic and cautious. It is not that they are particularly dangerous...
  34. Owner

    Wiki Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software

    Actually no I had not. I just sort of read near the end and got quite confused. Interesting that I had not heard about this before. I'll need to read more thoroughly. I dislike lawsuits but this drop is really quite significant.
  35. Owner

    Wiki Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software

    Sorry to post this mid thread but I couldn't quite figure out from scrolling exactly what the summary is here? I don't supercharge much, so I have no clue on the charging rate has been in 2020. I only topped off my battery for 10-15 minutes during the pandemic at a supercharger or two. I did...
  36. Owner

    Wildfires, ash, and cleaning rooftop solar panels

    I looked at my usage and generation and it really isn't that different other than the short power outages we had. I may get out the giant ladder and just hose them off. Bad air but no ash.
  37. Owner

    Supercharger - Firebaugh, CA (I-5 / West Panoche Rd, LIVE 13 Nov 2020, 56 V3 stalls)

    I'll likely use this frequently. not a Harris Ranch fan and can't get all the way to Kettleman City
  38. Owner

    Supercharger - Firebaugh, CA (I-5 / West Panoche Rd, LIVE 13 Nov 2020, 56 V3 stalls)

    okay, so where is the location exactly? I know I can't make it to Kettleman on one charge still dreaming of a 500 mile range car...
  39. Owner

    12,305 miles over 7 weeks - Road Trip

    I was so hoping the Cybertruck would be a good vehicle for this, but I don't see that myself.... I want a vehicle that has the space all inside with a decent interior height. I am seriously considering an ICE vehicle for these kinds of trips. And unfortunately likely to buy one in the next...
  40. Owner

    Supercharger - Greenfield, CA (LIVE 15 Dec 2020, 12 V3 stalls)

    I agree. I can drive around California without a map (on screen or paper) pretty much without getting lost and I had no idea where Greenfield was either. King City, yes -- that's the 'big town' in the area.
  41. Owner

    Supercharger - Red Bluff, CA (LIVE 27 Nov 2019, 8 V3 stalls)

    Was it hard to get a campsite? How far are you from other campers? is it quiet or a 'party campground'? looking for tips! DM if you would like.
  42. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    I just got a second response for my solar. They can likely use it. Sounds like the non-profit will avoid their warranty issues by using it on their own building. The longer haul is trying to figure out how to replace the gas boiler with something electrical.... working on that slowly....will...
  43. Owner

    Cancelled Y Reservation for S. Any disadvantages over MY?

    Not a Youtuber for Tesla at least... but I did supercharger tests back in the day, they are a lot of work! Charge-off 90kW vs. 120kW it is sad that it is hard to find this stuff with google prioritizing newer information so much.
  44. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    Official nice response to why non-profits don't want old solar systems "What I learned from my team is that right now we cannot accept the equipment because there have been challenges in the past from donations, e.g. liabilities, designs, production. We also offer equipment warranties for all...
  45. Owner

    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    What do you mean by a "false alarm"? I haven't visited that one yet.
  46. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    The whole house has radiant heating already installed. It is great. You can really keep the thermostat about 5 degrees lower than with forced air. And also fine tune the heating requirements to each room a lot better than forced air. The only disadvantage I have experienced is that it takes...
  47. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    Well unfortunately there is no one that can install a heat pump for a radiant floor system. I tried 4 years ago when I replaced the water tank with a boiler (that is supposedly going to last 25 years). Still 4 years later not available. "We get a lot of requests for that but no one in the Bay...
  48. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    Its hard because I can't get calls or emails back from various contractors. The electric water heater guy will install, but then I need to find a separate electrician. getting an electrician for a small job here is tough. Heat pumps - no luck yet at all with return contact etc... that's why its...
  49. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    I don't want to find yet another 3rd party, then parallel two systems. Then later down the road want to add more panels and golly gee have 3 systems in parallel. The one person who did return my email said that turning hot water into an electric version will cost a lot more monthly. So that...
  50. Owner

    Powerwall for Planned Power Outages

    Can't "add on" ... or can't find someone who will merge two systems. According to Tesla at least "Unfortunately Tesla solar panels cannot be added to any third party solar system, you can however add more Tesla solar panels to an already installed Tesla solar system."

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