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  1. schrodarkian

    Questions on contract and install mishaps

    All, Just had my new 7.56 kW system with 2 Powerwalls installed in Central California. The process actually went pretty quickly all things considered. I intended to go with a certified installer but they were so disorganized they missed 2 home inspection meetings in a row... and this before I...
  2. D

    South vs East/West Orientation

    My municipality in South Florida is denying a permit to install the panels facing south, and instead is conditioning approval on the panels facing north, east, or west. I wanted to ask if there are people here, preferable in South Florida or South Texas, that have panels facing both south and...
  3. mspohr

    Solar PV News

    The battle continues: Gov't threatens to cut solar power subsidies TOKYO The Japanese government is threatening to cut existing solar power project subsidies angering the power producers and investors that say the cuts will undermine their profitability and violate earlier agreements. The...
  4. W

    Powerwall 2 - How large of the PV system do I need to charge it? Are they in stock now?

    Hi All Looking to install a PW2 with a new PV system. Are current usage is only about 12 - 18kWh a day but it will double when we get an EV. Most of our usage is at night. I am wondering what size PV system do I need to charge 1 PW2 during the day so that I can use that power at night to...
  5. E

    Who is Solar Tax Association?

    Signed up with Tesla for solar at the beginning of the month and, according to mysolarcity, we'll be getting a call for the install soon. Out of the blue today, I got cold-called by the Solar Tax Association (Solar Tax Association, LLC) and the caller said there's additional rebates above and...
  6. _TK_

    Solar Referral Credit: Experience, Frustrations, & Specifics

    My experience thus far is with 3 Tesla Energy referrals. Things you may not know about Tesla Energy referral process: "Redeem your Tesla Credits or Check" e-mail s the first indication you will have that your referral was used. You click the link in the e-mail and you choose the $750 credit...
  7. S

    Which insulation do you use with your solar home?

    We are building a home and plan to have solar in the future. We’re going with geothermal for heating and cooling so we can really take advantage of the solar, and hopefully fully power it from the sun. Of course, one of the most important factors with that is insulation. One of the geothermal...
  8. S

    Powerwall 2 with inverter vs external inverter

    I've done quite a bit of research on this, but I've had a hard time finding reliable information. My wife and I are interested in adding solar to our home, but she is (understandably) concerned about the number of boxes that will be on our walls. I see that the Powerwall 2 comes in a model that...
  9. A

    This Week Tesla & Companies

    We welcome with open clear skies and calm waters the return of SpaceX Dragon. The spacecraft expected to reenter earth's atmosphere five hours after detaching from the International Space Station around 8:23AM EST. Anticipated splashdown off the coast of California somewhere south southwest of...
  10. Lolly

    Driving on sunshine

    Can you drive around the M25 (on autopilot) using only energy from the sun? Yes you can! Total energy used 38.2 kWh, total energy supplied to car last week from sun 49.1 kWh. video coming soon.
  11. mspohr

    The Brooklyn Microgrid

    The NY Times has an interesting article on a network of home solar installations which trade their power with their neighbors. Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves "The project is still in its early stages — it has just 50 participants thus far — but its implications...
  12. Raindog1

    Get Elon to discuss Climate Change with Donald Trump! Petition

    Donald Trump claims that he will surround himself with the best people.... if that is true then he needs to meet with Elon Musk to discuss Climate Change. If you haven't already you can check out the petition at change.org; Donald Trump: Get Elon Musk to meet with Donald Trump and discuss...
  13. jimmyjohn

    Hollow-Core Doors: Another Association? National Association of Home Builders

    I totally understand that individuals -- with expert taste and capital to apply to this taste -- will hire great architects to incorporate such Tesla advances into an individual project, but... ... what about the "...80% of the new homes built in the United States..."? Residential Building...
  14. e-FTW

    The Solar Sunflower: Tell this does not look cool and that you would not want one...

    Solar Sunflower: Tell me this doesn't look cool and that you would not want one... Seriously, these guys have the right idea. The tl;dr version: "The end result is a device that produces about 12kW of electricity, along with 21kW of thermal energy (with water temperatures up to 90°C)...
  15. Electric700

    Grid Storage Opportunity for Tesla

    Kauai now generates 80% or more of its energy from solar panels, and they also use batteries to compensate for the drops in solar energy output at nighttime and when clouds are over the large arrays. This is exciting and a great opportunity for Tesla, especially once the new Tesla Gigafactory...

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