Dan's Solar Blog
My solar panel installation day and experience with going green.

May
15

Here is the graph that shows the annual production from August 2010 to December 2015. In 2013, the modem was out and so it did not report for a month which is why 2013 seems a little low. I was not living in the house at that time and had not know of the downed internet till Sungevity called me asking why there were no daily reports.

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May
15

Here is April, 2016 solar panel production results graph.

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May
15

My home is in the Moreno Valley, CA area if you need a sense of location. Throughout the year the weather influences the production, shading from nearby trees and power poles, but from year to year it is pretty steady. By the way my referral code is 27596 to get extra money off the purchase or lease price.

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May
15

Here is the graph for the solar panel production for February 2016.

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May
15

Here is the graph for the year 2015. So each year the total production drops a little bit as the panels age. In 10 or 20 years it will be interesting to compare the total production and percentage of decrease. I have a friend in Arizona who uses his 40 year old solar panels and they provide 100% of his needs most of the time with addition of wind power he usually gets all he needs for his home. So I know from his experience that solar panels do not become useless after 20 years. Yahoo!

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May
15

Hi and welcome to my blog on using solar panels on my home. I now have over 5 years of solar panel use and my blog was daily for the 1st year and then less often as time has gone on. If you have many questions, maybe some will be answered by looking at year one which is August 2010 to August 2011. The discussion of various aspects of having solar panels and videos of the their installation are on the 1st year. Enjoy!

Here is the graph for January 2016. What is also fun is to compare the year before or the years before for each month since weather contributes to the ups and downs of each day, week, month and year.

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Jan
13

Here is December 2015 solar panel output graph from Sungevity. In December it rained hard on numerous days so the numbers will be less than November. Remember there are good deals for purchase, lease or pre-payment.

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Jan
13

Hi all,

Here are the stats for November 2015. It started raining more in November and more clouds so that does reduce the total energy production for the month. Remember, you can save extra money by using my referral code 27596.

 

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Nov
15

October 2015, how time flies. October 2010 was when the system and So Cal Edison were officially connected and I started seeing it on my bill. Wow what a big difference that was to see my bill go down to almost nothing. During my first year, my share of the electric bills were between $3 and $85, compared to the prior year of $50 – $300, big difference. Check out more details of my first year by checking out the archives of August 2010 to August 2011. By the way, I posted here every day for the first year with videos and photos of the equipment and installation.

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Nov
15

In October 2015, Sungevity held a local solar celebration for all those going solar with them over the years in the local area, Inland Empire and beyond. Sungevity provided music, catered gourmet food and gourmet drink. The beer and wine were rated carbon friendly and the food was amazing. The staff from Sungevity were friendly and helpful, answering any of our questions. One of my Sungevity reps was there Courtney Hyde, coordinator of the event, with help from Neusa, Melissa and many others. Courtney had answers for all my questions and did a great job with the Sungevity team providing us with great food, drink, fun and conversation.

There were awards for those contributing to helping spread solar in the area, solar-themed games for the kids and trivia games (with prizes) for the adults. We all had a great time. I was there with Robert (mr. pip) and we had a great time.

Funny thing, the location of the event was in Etiwanda at a church where I was married at back in the 70’s. So I gave Robert a tour of the koi ponds, chapel and grounds since he did not know me back then.

It was a great afternoon and I hope they have this as a yearly event and have more of these events around the country.

Robert and I have had our solar panel system since 2010 so we are now five years into our helping the planet and helping save money. Go Solar!!!

Below is the ad for the event.

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