Sweet First Post!!!

SystemSystem Posts: 2,511 admin
I got in first!!!!!!!!!!!

Neat to see new places open up. Esp those to help grow new users...

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  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    Yup, we are getting about 5x as many users here as we were a year ago, so time to rearrange the board a bit to make it more beginner-friendly.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,812 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    Can a couple of stickies be made for the common questions - just paste them in from some of the Q/A from other posts:

    Can I run my fish tank from a $5 car battery maintainer ?

    Can't I add some more batteries next year ?

    Why does my grid tie take 5 minutes to start up ?

    and so on....
    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 ,

  • Solar GuppySolar Guppy Solar Expert Posts: 1,963 ✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    Add to the sticky:
    I bought a 50 dollar solar panel off eBay, I got it real cheap as it's cracked from a drive by in his hood, but seller says its A'ok, where do I plug it in so I can call the electric company to turn off the power, I was told by the eBay seller it would power the house:roll:
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    Will see what kind of response we get for a few days, then will see what to do.

    I don't like to add too many stickies, as it clutters up the thread list.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,812 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!
    50 dollar solar panel

    Cracked, I forgot to say it was cracked, but still working, it moves the needle on the meter when in sunlight. I think its a 120V or a 1.2V panel, I cant' tell because my meter is broken.
    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 ,

  • nigtomdawnigtomdaw Solar Expert Posts: 705 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    We all started some where guys,! No doubt excluding SG who was probably born with silicon flowing through his veins :pl
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,812 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!
    Windsun wrote: »
    Will see what kind of response we get for a few days, then will see what to do.

    I don't like to add too many stickies, as it clutters up the thread list.

    How about a "New to Alternative Power - read these FAQ's First" forum ? populate it with several links to some of the better posts on the basics, and lock it to read-only.
    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 ,

  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    I can make a sub-forum of this one for that. If we keep getting sufficient participation will probably just do that.
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    i thought that is why you created this page of info for.
    http://www.solar-electric.com/
  • TelcoTelco Solar Expert Posts: 201 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    Subcategorizing a forum too much will drive people away, as it's too hard to keep track of things. I've been on forums for a short time that have some 30-50 categories, they were a full time job to keep up with posts on every forum, and since there were so many categories one interest would be spread across several. Not to mention that as someone's interests change they will concentrate on one subforum, then drift off to another subforum, taking their knowledge along with them. This forum, in my opinion, is at the max number of categories needed to sort different information to specific areas. In fact, I kinda see the General forum and the Advanced forum as duplication.

    Just my thoughts, to be taken or ignored as needed. :D
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!

    If I did a subforum, it would just be for links and stickies, no general posts.

    But not going to do anything for at least a couple weeks, to see how it goes.

    I may change the "general solar", not decided on that yet. Trying to avoid too much overlap, and as you say - too many categories makes the board seem dead since posts get scattered all over.
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: Sweet First Post!!!
    niel wrote: »
    i thought that is why you created this page of info for.
    http://www.solar-electric.com/

    That is actually moving gradually to www.windsun.com

    Solar-electric is a shared host URL with the main store, and it has some limitations because of that.
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