The forum changed a lot since I was absent for about 3 years

solarvicsolarvic Posts: 1,048Solar Expert ✭✭✭
I lost interest because of the bickering and banning of some people that had a lot of knowledge to share including a couple monitors that had conflicting personality,s  I see that there are lots of new members and I recognize some of the long term members.  There are a lot of changes to the form that I will have to try to learn. Is there still a way to send private messages to other forum members like before.  


  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Posts: 4,670Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, it's kinda' setup as a private chat.

    Click on the person's name who you wish to chat with and there is a message button at the top or  "add a comment" under the Activity heading.

    Welcome back!
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, ForkLift battery. Off grid for @13 of last 14 years. 1000 watts being added to current CC, @2700 watts to be added with an additional CC.
  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,873Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    welcome back
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    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
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  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Posts: 3,957Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    So where did you go?  Bill has been doing a great job and has kept the bashing and ego problems that use to be here to a minimum.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
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  • DanS26DanS26 Posts: 235Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    In the few years you have been away this site, at least IMHO, has become a mainly off grid, battery help site.  It used to be about 50/50 grid tie to off grid threads, but it seems now that most of the grid tie people have left.

    If you have battery problems.....this is the place to be.
    18.2kW Kyocera panels; 2 Fronius 7.5kW inverters; Nyle hot water; Steffes ETS; Great Lakes RO; Generac 10kW w/ATS, TED Pro System monitoring with
  • BB.BB. Posts: 27,776Super Moderators admin
    I am still here, and grid tied.

    GT is cheaper and simpler (&just works until something breaks). And the subsidies are slowly going away (Hawaii and Nevada to name a couple).

    The new code that has roof top disconnects, ground fault, fire access set banks, rate plan changes, less than $3 a watt and such... just not as popular now for diy.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • MangasMangas Posts: 548Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2017 #7
    We off gridders stick together.

    I keep a long extension cord in our tack room for my rural grid neighbors.
    Ranch Off Grid System & Custom Home: 2 x pair stacked Schneider XW 5548+ Plus inverters (4), 2 x Schneider MPPT 80-600 Charge Controllers, 2 Xanbus AGS Generator Start and Air Extraction System Controllers, 64 Trojan L16 REB 6v 375 AH Flooded Cel Batteries w/Water Miser Caps, 44 x 185 Sharp Solar Panels, Cummins Onan RS20 KW Propane Water Cooled Genset, ICF House Construction, all appliances, Central A/C, 2 x High Efficiency Variable Speed three ton Central A/C 220v compressors, 2 x Propane furnaces, 2 x Variable Speed Air Handlers, 2 x HD WiFi HVAC Zoned System Controllers
  • solarvicsolarvic Posts: 1,048Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    I was still living the last 3 years and am grid tied. My system is flawless and my power co is treating me well. Can,t complain. All think everyone in my area now has smart meters and the meter readers finished up at the end of the year. So far this year a regular lineman employee has been reading my meter and they were looking over my solar system the first time they read it. I asked the man where the regular meter reader was and that is when I found the meter readers jobs were eliminated.  He said everything checked out alright. The last couple of years the meter reading was contracted out as the power company already eliminated their employees then.   I kind of wondered why the do not just let the smart meter send power co the results like everyone else. They do,not make much money from me as My solar system makes just a little more power for the year than I use. They set my kwh account to zero at the end of april and I start out a new year building up my account.  They do not give me any money but let the money go toward my monthly account charges. I finally used that up and had to start paying the monthly charge this month. Been that way for the last 3 years. Been retired for 7 years and as long as the gas well don,t go dry and the grid tie system keeps working it helps to make my social security and small pension go a little farther. I have 4 extra solar panels and an extra inverter so I am hoping I wil not need more equipment expenses.
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