Portugal did it!

Iceni JohnIceni John Solar Expert Posts: 103 ✭✭


So, Portugal has shown that an entire nation, albeit a relatively small one, can run off renewable energy for four days.   Yeah!

What nations will be next?   Germany, Denmark, Australia?   I suspect that USA won't be one of them . . .


40' Crown bus with 2kW of tiltable panels on the roof:

Eight Sharp 255W, two Morningstar TS-MPPT-60, Magnum MS2000, Champion C46540 generator converted to propane, eight golfcart batteries, and maybe a small Exeltech inverter for the fridger.

Southern California


  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And in the cloudy/rainy season ???

    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,921 admin
    Little old pessimist me...:


    europe power prices 2

    Another article about Germany's job/industry losses:


    High electrical/energy costs are not going to make for a good industrial/country economy.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
    The  2008 recession is still having an effect and will  ,imho,  continue for another 20 or  so years... from an Economist who said, ''ASK YOURSELF WHAT THE EFFECT WILL BE ON YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL SITUATION, AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO RECOVER THE 30 OR SO PERCENT YOU HAVE LOST?"
    I know I am still down a whack...

    KID #51B  4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM
    CL#29032 FW 2126/ 2073/ 2133 175A E-Panel WBjr, 3 x 4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM 
    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
    2 x Cisco WRT54GL i/c DD-WRT Rtr & Bridge,
    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
    West Chilcotin, BC, Canada
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