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February 18, 2016, 10:58:21 PM
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buysolar and philipma1957  (thats me)  are building and setting up a solar array.

I went to his place today.  I am posting a few photos.

General info etc.

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my knowledge of solar is meh  buysolar has the brains here so I do not know what every photo is



this meter is for kwatts earned  with the array
43,870 kwatts



a wall of various solar + power equipment



sma converters etc



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outside shots more to come but dinner calls


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February 18, 2016, 11:00:05 PM
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this is going to be interesting i bet phil

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February 19, 2016, 12:31:20 AM
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and now the array the row on the left uses the low end mounting method more photos later
the row on the right uses a corkscrew method thus round poles



this cement base method below is the most costly



here are shots of us installing the low cost posts  there are reasons of all types of install maybe buysolar will chime in as to the why.

Note I am taking the photos



a paving tamper a ladder and buysolar in a hard hat using a level  we knocked off  this work in 1 hour -2 hours



panels waiting install



a few rows are done



we hope to use

one 2880                  finksy j4bbrwock    psu --------------- 2880 watts  ------- gold/silver
three 2980                finksy j4bbrwock  psu's -------------- 8940 watts --------plat
one dual 2000/4000  finksy j4bbrwock  psu ---------------- 4000 watts --------gold/silver  just under 16kwatts

2 x 30 amp pdu's

1 x 20 amp pdu

5 avalon 6's

1 s-7

the gear above is all in hand .

this should use 6kwatts

leaves us 10 kwatts for a sidehack and team   bitfury miner farm to be added see this link

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1368507.0

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February 19, 2016, 01:54:17 AM
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i would love to know how much a 2 killawatt setup would run i dont know much about solar

what i have is a 45 watt solar array from harber fright (spelling)

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February 19, 2016, 02:03:48 AM
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i would love to know how much a 2 killawatt setup would run i dont know much about solar

what i have is a 45 watt solar array from harber fright (spelling)

not my knowledge base,but a lot depends on buy back rules in your area.

this array is mixed use with the power grid..

There is a meter that counts the kwatts you over produce. and the power company pays for that power.

so a 60kwatt array  uses up to 16 kwatts for mining. 4 kwatts for home and sells back 40kwatts.  the goal is to zero out the power bill.

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February 19, 2016, 02:04:27 AM
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Thanks for sharing Phil,

I will follow this thread with most interest !
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February 19, 2016, 02:29:10 AM
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thanks i wish i knew who to talk to here in missouri or knew what to do to get a solar setup here at my house cause my electric bill is almost freaking 500 dollars - 600 a month

mind you my home is full electric no gas at all

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February 19, 2016, 02:40:53 AM
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thanks i wish i knew who to talk to here in missouri or knew what to do to get a solar setup here at my house cause my electric bill is almost freaking 500 dollars - 600 a month

mind you my home is full electric no gas at all

yeah the mixed use grid is nice if you get a good pay back  from the power company.

this array is not typical for a home owner  as buysolar has some land to build it on.  He was able to go beyond his power needs and setup a good sell back deal in a state that is good about power companies buying excess.

of course he is in the business so all gear is self installed and purchased wholesale.

he may have contacts in your state send him a pm and ask.

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how much was the initial cost for that set-up?

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February 19, 2016, 02:52:15 AM
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Wow nice setup! Yeah curious to know the initial price of all that.

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February 19, 2016, 03:09:18 AM
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What type of panels are those.  They look just like mine!
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February 19, 2016, 04:37:40 AM
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Beautiful, he definitely does good work.  I can only wish for something like that  Wink

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February 19, 2016, 05:08:30 AM
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i would love to know how much a 2 killawatt setup would run i dont know much about solar

what i have is a 45 watt solar array from harber fright (spelling)

Here is a good calculator for estimated system output in kWh and $ wise.

http://pvwatts.nrel.gov/pvwatts.php

For example, my 10.65 kW rooftop solar system will produce anywhere between 18,112 to 19,237 kWh per year. S7 consuming 1400 W will need 12,264 kWh/year, so my system will be able to power 1.5 S7s for free. Installation is the biggest portion of the initial cost, you can look up eBay for solar panels. Good panels w/ 25 year warranty runs anywhere from $.55-$.85 per watt depending on density (higher wattage ones are more expensive). Here in SoCal, the requirement is a C-10 electrician and someone with roofing license for rooftop installation.  You may want to contact your County or City building and safety department for specific requirements. and don't forget 30% federal tax credit.

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February 19, 2016, 05:32:03 AM
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This is a good link for people in the US trying to find out about incentives that might be available in their area: http://www.dsireusa.org/
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February 19, 2016, 05:38:27 AM
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Beautiful setup the solar does look amazing.   What is timeframe you think till you get all solar gear paid off and running on complete profit?

Best of luck with it would love to see you guys doing great on this.
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Very cool! People should really take such things seriously. This would be a worth investment for the government, if only they have realized this.
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February 19, 2016, 04:32:49 PM
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I love it! Wow I wish I had that on my home. You are the man.  Wink

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February 19, 2016, 04:51:28 PM
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Beautiful setup the solar does look amazing.   What is timeframe you think till you get all solar gear paid off and running on complete profit?

Best of luck with it would love to see you guys doing great on this.

The warm weather helps as you see the photos of driving in the posts.  We also had a big time rain a few days ago.  Ground is softer.

Buysolar thinks we will be able to move all the miners from my house to the array in under 2 weeks.

We will be under capacity  once we do this as the   5 avalon6's and 1 s-7 = about 6 kwatts.  We can do 16 kwatts.  So we are going to have to decide on how to ramp up from the 21-22th or so.

I really would love to get a bitfury or 2.  
Maybe a bw,  but we simply may add used avalon6's. Kilo17 does have some avalon6's

When we hook up the miners short term over heating is not an issue, but summer comes we need to get a few fans for the barn that will house the gear.

The ideal setup would be 6 to 8 kwatts of .3 watt gear and 6 to 8 kwatts of .1 watt gear

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February 19, 2016, 04:59:25 PM
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That is one really nice setup. Can't wait to own land so I can set something up like this. How long will it take to break even or even start seeing ROI?

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