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Solar contractor #8313 03/18/02 03:34 PM
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wire654 Offline OP
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Is there anybody out there that installs solar electric systems in the mid-atlantic area?

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Re: Solar contractor #8314 03/18/02 04:55 PM
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I've put in a few small ones to provide power for remotely located instrumentation, but "whole house" PV systems aren't really big around here. I don't think that the Northeast gets enough solar radiation to be a practical location for "off-grid" living. [Linked Image]

Re: Solar contractor #8315 03/18/02 05:17 PM
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Thanks for answering NJ. I just started an electrical contracting business a few months ago and would like to get into renewable energy. I believe it is possible for PV to work in this part of the country. I'm trying to find somebody to work with so I can get some practical experience.

Re: Solar contractor #8316 03/18/02 06:07 PM
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wire654,
ironocally the 'alternative' biz is fueled by the grid giants zeal for $$$ & the fed's disdain for the nuke plants.
( I believe we in VT are #3 @ 11.7 KW & Yankee {nuke plant} day's are ###'d...)
it's a growing biz, you can learn more Here
[Linked Image]

let's try that Again

[This message has been edited by sparky (edited 03-18-2002).]

Re: Solar contractor #8317 03/18/02 08:40 PM
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Hi sparky
Thanks for the message board site. It looks like I can spend days there.

Re: Solar contractor #8318 03/18/02 11:02 PM
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Would love to get involved in that kinda work (unreconstructed hippie that I am [Linked Image] ), but haven't had any calls for it. The biggest RE project I have been asked for was a 240V line into a garage to power an EV charger.

HomePower magazine has a lot of good practical information, including a monthly column on the NEC and how it applies to RE systems.
http://www.homepower.com

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Re: Solar contractor #8319 03/20/02 02:13 AM
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Take a look here for information too:
http://www.solarexpert.com/

They've got a lot of great info there. I've been meaning to delve into that area for quite some time, but haven't gotten around to it yet. (This Year!) Our Local Utility (LIPA) is giving instructional seminars I think and saw that they are giving rebates of $6 per Watt as an incentive to install solar.

Bill


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Re: Solar contractor #8320 03/20/02 06:55 AM
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Thanks for the info Bill. I wish our utility (PECO Energy) would give rebates. Their net-metering regulations are a little discouraging.

Re: Solar contractor #8321 03/20/02 08:20 PM
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Approx. 10 years ago we installed a 6KW Power Company interactive system in one of our Nature Reserve Facilities. It actually did help reduce our monthly electric bills. The Power Company was very helpful.


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