Info on Solar Power Generators

Info on Solar Power Generators

PostBy: urdahere On: Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:41 pm

Looking for solid honest information on affordable Solar Power Generators.

After reading the article in the Binghamton Press today ( ... ck_check=1 ) in addition to just observing our infrastructure, I'm getting a bit more that concerned. I do have a gas generator, but with a total failure of the grid, a solar backup seems the way to go.

I put in a LL Pocono this past January and a winter power failure for any length of time would not make the bride happy.

I've been reading about these generators and the comments about them. I'd really like to hear from some coal users on this forum, especially those who have a SOLAR backup generator as to what you have, your thoughts and recommendations and any other information.

Thanks in advance.

Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Info on Solar Power Generators

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:47 am

Don't know a thing about them ... but I remember a commercial about them:
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Info on Solar Power Generators

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:23 pm

I have solar panels. They have been on line for just over one year. They work well. I'm looking at an 11 year pay back, but, they have no batteries. When you add batteries everything changes. I think you'll find the doomsayers and "solar generators" greatly exaggerate themselves. Solar does work, but a little panel connected to a battery is not going to be of much good as a reliable back up for what you want to do. If you want the least expensive reliable back up for emergencies that will run days or weeks, get a generator.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Info on Solar Power Generators

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:01 pm

My father just turned 70, he told me last week 40 years ago he was thinking of buying a windmill. The cost back then was $15,000. Instead he invested the money in Maddison Gas ans Electric, never took a dividend, just left it reinvest. Today it is worth considerably more than the wind mill would be.
Stove/Furnace Make: axeman anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: 130 anthratube

Re: Info on Solar Power Generators

PostBy: mudnut On: Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:10 pm

Do a little research on youtube, some really good info on there and between wind and solar you will get some good ideas. I'm planning a battery farm with both solar and wind on the cheap just to see how I like it and once I have it in place I will set about upgrading what I can when I can... There are some good and cheap ideas and designs out there. They make a good jumping off point to get something in place that you can build on with commercial components once you know what you want to do.

Good luck and remember there is a TON of free information out there.

Stove/Furnace Make: Brunco
Stove/Furnace Model: Brunco 150