What is the last thing you would expect to see in Hollywood?

engineerengineer Registered Users Posts: 13 ✭✭

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  • myocardiamyocardia Solar Expert Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
    edited October 19 #2
    engineer said:
    What is the last thing you expect to see in Hollywood?
    I'd say, right in Hollywood, I'd least expect to see a wind turbine, but since both Ed Begley, Jr. and Jay Leno live in Hollywood, and they both have VAWTs, they both beat us both to it. Ed Begley had a HAWT well over a decade and a half ago, btw. He's also had solar panels since he bought the house, back when he was a big star* on St. Elsewheere, in the mid '80's.

    edit: Not that he was a huge star, mind you, but he was a huge star at the time, more so than he was before or after the show aired.
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭
    I bought the old Solarex 60 watt panels off of Ed Begley's house when they did a tear-off and new roof. 

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • myocardiamyocardia Solar Expert Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
    I bought the old Solarex 60 watt panels off of Ed Begley's house when they did a tear-off and new roof. 
    Roughly what year was this?
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 20 #5
    I bought them about 2 years ago.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • MichaelKMichaelK Registered Users Posts: 48 ✭✭
    I can tell you with authority that the bogus pic in the ad is no-where near Hollywood
    15 Renogy 300w panels,  Midnight 200 CC, 8 Trojan L16 batteries, Schneider XW6848 NA inverter, AC-Delco 6000w gen.
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,303 ✭✭✭✭
    This is Ed talking about the trackers I an others use for clients and at home sweet home.


    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
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  • softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭✭
    I bought the old Solarex 60 watt panels off of Ed Begley's house when they did a tear-off and new roof. 
    Those panels are pretty old. How are they holding up now? After how many years of use?

    I wonder what they used this time?
    First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 150 watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭
     Yes they were old panels. There were some that the backsheet was delaminating in large portions. I left them behind. I'm sure the ones I got are still doing fine. They have long ago went on to new owners on RV's and boats. Solarex panels were well made and all the modules I purchased were testing right up to where they should have. IMHO other than lower efficiency the panels from that era are as well made as any today. They will be the first ones that will be still working after 40 years and proved the evolution of PV panels was mature enough to warrant them for 25 years.

    Haven't got a clue on the new system.  

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • myocardiamyocardia Solar Expert Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
    edited October 22 #10
    softdown said:
    I bought the old Solarex 60 watt panels off of Ed Begley's house when they did a tear-off and new roof. 
    Those panels are pretty old. How are they holding up now? After how many years of use?

    I wonder what they used this time?
    He bought the house in 1988, and says that he immediately starting insulating the crap out of it, and had a PV array installed. With how expensive panels were at that time, I'm sure that the 60 watt Solarex were the first set. I would also like to hear how they are holding up. This time, he went with "normal" roughly 300 watt, 60 cell panels, like everyone else.
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭
    myocardia said:
    softdown said:
    I bought the old Solarex 60 watt panels off of Ed Begley's house when they did a tear-off and new roof. 
    Those panels are pretty old. How are they holding up now? After how many years of use?

    I wonder what they used this time?
    He bought the house in 1988, and says that he immediately starting insulating the crap out of it, and had a PV array installed. With how expensive panels were at that time, I'm sure that the 60 watt Solarex were the first set. I would also like to hear how they are holding up. This time, he went with "normal" roughly 300 watt, 60 cell panels, like everyone else.

    Wow I guess his RE agenda is so well documented that this info is out there for the curious. I've never really inquired.

    See my previous entry for the outcome of the panels.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 3,303 ✭✭✭✭
    There were plenty of bad stories in the marine world with Solarex. Buying something that old that has been out in the sun thermal cycling
    is always a risk if you depend on it. If you have the time to deal with that kind of stuff I am sure E-bay can help ;)
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
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