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Solar for houses #291594
08/03/08 01:43 AM
08/03/08 01:43 AM
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San Pedro, Belize
jenni sharp Offline OP
jenni sharp  Offline OP
Is anyone on the island savvy on hooking up a house with solar power? I'm thinking of bringing down pannels from the US but wondering if its worth it????? With the cost of electricity down here, even if i could just run part of the house it must be a drop in the bucket.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: jenni sharp] #291606
08/03/08 08:58 AM
08/03/08 08:58 AM
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South Ambergris Caye
JZB Offline
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Contact Eddie Halliday. He'll tell exactly what you need, what it will cost, and if its worth it to you. There is a lot more involved than just the panels.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: JZB] #291617
08/03/08 09:54 AM
08/03/08 09:54 AM
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shuffles Offline
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True JZB...the biggest drawback I think is where to store the batteries. Unless you have a giant house with a spare room, that would be an issue.

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Re: Solar for houses [Re: shuffles] #291620
08/03/08 10:15 AM
08/03/08 10:15 AM
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San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
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I tried solar for 5 years as did all my neighbors because at the time land lines didn't reach my northern location.
It sucks compared to land lines . I trashed it as soon as I had an option. expensive and produces low voltage only, inverters loose power in the proces of inverting, batteries are expensive and 'life is like one big science project' is how my neighbor described it.
Having said that please let me say, a mixture of land line power, gravity feed water supply solar water heating and a few solar lights might be the perfect world, as long as good old fashioned hot AC wires are an option and not excluded.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: elbert] #291860
08/05/08 09:51 AM
08/05/08 09:51 AM
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Consuelo Offline
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The show Living with Ed featured a solar home - possibly Tiger Woods, and the batteries were small and really efficient - the show itself is pretty educational about what is out there.



Re: Solar for houses [Re: elbert] #308472
11/02/08 01:02 AM
11/02/08 01:02 AM
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Posts: 4,262
St Louis, Mo., USA/San Pedro
Laguna Punta Offline
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Elbert: Put that dog to work spinning the wheel. Bill

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Re: Solar for houses [Re: Laguna Punta] #308531
11/02/08 02:41 PM
11/02/08 02:41 PM
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San Pedro
pamkillen Offline
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I think that the solar technology has advanced significantly in the last 5 years. It may be a different experience.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: pamkillen] #309487
11/07/08 01:56 PM
11/07/08 01:56 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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How we remember Elbert's one battery and DC power --- the 45 minutes of light from a dim bulb each evening ------ yes, we admit it, he was our LANDLORD.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: Diane Campbell] #309488
11/07/08 01:58 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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if you don't know Young Frankenstein that last part may not be so funny --- if you do, think Frau Blucher.

Re: Solar for houses [Re: Diane Campbell] #309495
11/07/08 02:07 PM
11/07/08 02:07 PM
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Posts: 12,382
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
are you guys picking on me?
That was a decade ago Diane, my hair was black then and yours was blond.
Bill my new cabana has Air Condition run by city power.
I haven't been Robinson Crusoe for a long time now.:-)

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