Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#333728 - 04/18/09 04:00 PM Wind and solar power for homes  
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 55,642
Marty Offline
Marty  Offline
from the Chamber of Commerce....

Tom Vidrine presented some information on wind and solar power for individual homes. The cost of the systems has come down dramatically over the years and the criteria to design your own system is more readily available and easy to understand. The costliest part of the system are the batteries and a discussion ensued about having the excess power generated sent back through the power lines to BEL. In the states, this is done and your power meter runs backwards thus alleviating the need for the power company to change their billing or install new equipment. Tom said he would look into BEL being open to this and if the currently installed electric meters would run backwards.

Here is some discussion on Belize Forums....
CLICK HERE

#334015 - 04/21/09 09:50 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: Marty]  
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 515
CaptOneIron Offline
.
CaptOneIron  Offline
I would be interested in hearing more about this subject.


Captain One Iron
#334243 - 04/22/09 04:59 PM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: CaptOneIron]  
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 80
gabby Offline
.
gabby  Offline
I'm planning to convert my house to wind and solar energy, so look forward to hearing/reading much more about this.

#407388 - 05/10/11 10:24 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: gabby]  
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 91
JdeVerteuil Offline
.
JdeVerteuil  Offline
The meter does not go backwards. There is a seperate meter the calculates the amount sent into the system. In the states this monitored thru the connection, hence the reason no more meter readers.
There is an additional cost but depending on the kw cost and your reduced usage it can pay itslef off in 5-10 years, even less if you add a wind turbine for night time production.


John deVerteuil
#413981 - 08/16/11 09:23 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: JdeVerteuil]  
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 26
wolfgang1 Offline
.
wolfgang1  Offline
My meter here on the island turns backwards all day, as long as the sun shines.

I have installed a:
7.5K solar system, grid tied, 32 panels
0.5k wind generator, grid tied

ww

you can also go up to the windmill house, ca. 5 miles N. of San Pedro. He has a large wind generator installed and a small solar system. Whenever the wind gusts the meter starts turning backwards.

Last edited by wolfgang1; 08/16/11 09:32 AM.

Wolfgang
#414103 - 08/18/11 05:18 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: wolfgang1]  
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 597
ron Offline
.
ron  Offline
I didn't think that this was possible in Belize. As I understand it, BEL doesn't buy power from individuals like in the states. Has the law changed?

#414130 - 08/18/11 10:38 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: ron]  
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 61
PJBELIZE Offline
.
PJBELIZE  Offline
Ron I understand it the same , that Belize does not require BEL to BUY BACK your excess power . I believe all meters will run backwards . I sent a note to PM Dean Barrow on facebook suggesting ,to promote wind & solar Belize should do 2 things . (1) drop all import duties and GST on all wind and solar equipment and promote the fact that Belize is encouraging GREEN living . (2) Require BEL to buy excess back at lowest generation rates .These 2 actions would create electric generation in Belize and reduce the amount we would have to buy from Mexico .

#414166 - 08/18/11 08:00 PM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: PJBELIZE]  
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 597
ron Offline
.
ron  Offline
I'd like to see them really look into wind farms. But at the small scale, everyone could be a producer for a small capitol outlay. It would make a big difference if it was possible. It'd let my turbine run even when I'm not there, but now I just shut it down. I don't need the power to keep the batteries charge, the solar works to do that.

#422287 - 11/16/11 02:29 PM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: Marty]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 52
Indiana-Jones Offline
.
Indiana-Jones  Offline
I found some interesting information on wind, solar, algae biodiesel, diesel generators and even HHO generators for the car that can save money on gas on this particular web site. Seems that the writer on this site has eliminated the scams and found real devices that can help the environment also. You need to cruise around the site to find everything but it is there:

http://www.egeneratorsforhomeuse.com

#437718 - 05/11/12 03:09 AM Re: Wind and solar power for homes [Re: Indiana-Jones]  
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4
TMG Americas Offline
.
TMG Americas  Offline
This link may be interesting in this topic:

//ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/437596/Generator.html#Post437596

Last edited by TMG Americas; 05/11/12 03:09 AM.

Links
Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!

Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
Paradise Guy Event Calendar

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
November
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
Mini Chat
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 211 guests, and 4 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics65,625
Posts466,456
Members18,955
Most Online1,262
Jun 10th, 2007



AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0