YouTube – Wisconsin Solar Panel Time Lapse (11.5 hrs=4.0kWHrs)
Great example of how the sun travels along the southern hemisphere. The panels bask in the sun all day.
Four 160-watt Kyocera solar panels in action, March 10, 2007 in southern Wisconsin. 11.5 hours of sunlight generated 4 kW’s of electricity…way enough to power the fridge, a dozen fluorescent bulbs, the circulating pump for the radiant heat, the well pump and tv/radio for hours.
And it powered this laptop and a video camera all day as well.
The entire system was about $10,000. Everything here was bought at the Alternative Energy Store, at altenergystore.com.
Is there value here for $10,000? I suppose If you’re a hobbiest–and this was fun for you. However, a .640 kilowatt system is not going to come close in handling the needs of the suburban home that averages about 20 to 30 kilowatt-hours/day. Last July, I consumed over 100 kilowatt-hours/day! (I’ve since reduced that with an A/C upgrade, and some conservation.)