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FYI: increased duties on solar panel importers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Stevenson Jun 20. 1 Reply

This is just a heads up - got an email from a vendor I've done business with. Dear Friends,On Tuesday, June 3rd 2014, The United States Department of Commerce successfully imposed increased duties of…Continue

Off grid system at camp saved my son's job

Started this discussion. Last reply by jpf Oct 14, 2013. 3 Replies

Ok not really or directly but it sure helped the situation. Precursor; just as I go on vacation - camp my son's truck transmission goes out. He needed to borrow my truck for a while. At camp I have…Continue

Idea for winter battery box heater

Started this discussion. Last reply by John J. Apr 1. 14 Replies

I got this idea to get a little warmth into the battery box just through winter. Not looking to 'heat' the bank so much but just to try and take the edge off.Using two sealed bulbs, similar to how…Continue

Solyndra 4 Watt CIGS Cylindrical Solar Tubes

Started Jan 17, 2013 0 Replies

A company called HSC Electronic Supply has apparently got ahold of a few hundred of these modules. They won't ship them - but if you happen to be in Santa Clara or Rohnert Park, CA you might be able…Continue

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Carl Stevenson replied to John J.'s discussion FYI: increased duties on solar panel importers
"I'm in Canada. I wonder if there will be anything like this levied against our panels? We may end up with cheaper panels if not..."
Jun 20
John J. posted a discussion

FYI: increased duties on solar panel importers

This is just a heads up - got an email from a vendor I've done business with. Dear Friends,On Tuesday, June 3rd 2014, The United States Department of Commerce successfully imposed increased duties of approximately 21.89 percent to importers of solar panels, asserting that foreign manufacturers had benefited from unfair subsidies.The decision, in a long-simmering trade dispute, addresses one of the main charges in a petition brought by the manufacturer SolarWorld Industries America. While it is…See More
Jun 12
John J. replied to James Nelson's discussion Disappointmentville, Ohio
"The short of it is; the h/f kit is a trickle charger. Leaving your inverter 'on' probably uses more power then the light bulb.  May I suggest; if you cannot move the charging kit close to where you want to use the power - rig DC…"
May 22
John J. posted a status
"Picked up some 2 gauge copper ring terminals from Advance Auto - fyi they also sell bulk 2 gauge stranded for making custom bank cables."
May 6
John J. replied to Gary's discussion Polycrystalline vs Monocrystalline
"It is my understanding that monocrystalline has a slightly higher max & peek efficiency over poly. However I would think that with today's manufacturing processes that the difference is negligible."
Apr 29
John J. posted a status
"1st set of the 6v GC2's are in - battery bank upgrade at camp in progress."
Apr 22
John J. commented on Dale Marshall's photo
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3.6 kw Installed Final Stage Done

"nice work. I bet your neighbors are envious."
Apr 16
John J. replied to ART SMITH's discussion Thank each and every one of you who had a say in getting me accepted on this solar forum.
"Hello Art, welcome.  Off topic; in the mid 80's when I got out of the navy I spent a few months in Parker, AZ not far from Lake Havasu. Your post brought back some memories. I wonder if they still hold the jet boat races below the…"
Apr 16
John J. replied to John J.'s discussion Idea for winter battery box heater
"Yes I did in fact, good mention. They would use less power but far less heat in return. I don't know if they would even function in sub freezing temps."
Apr 1
Bill Tomlinson replied to John J.'s discussion Idea for winter battery box heater
"Have you considered using the 12V compact fluorescent lights that come with a Harbor Freight Solar kit?"
Mar 31
John J. replied to John J.'s discussion Idea for winter battery box heater
"4 month report on this project; First a quick video on this, putting the idea into a functional test. http://solarpanelkitatharborfreight.ning.com/video/12v-off-grid-camp-battery-bank-heater-project?xg_source=activity In brief - it appears to have…"
Mar 31
John J. replied to paul peterson's discussion the begining
"That's not a bad plan. Start with lighting, led if you can, and work into the system learning it's capacity.  Then expand. So many people get into solar and try to feed the energy hogs first and risk being shaort changed and…"
Mar 18
John J. commented on John J.'s status
"Thank you Dale. This is where I suspect a few of my older h/f's have failed. If it is a bad terminal - wiring then there's a chance I can get them back in service."
Jan 1
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Dec 30, 2013
John J. posted a status
"Does anyone have a pic of the back of 15 watt (metal) panel w/ open junction box?"
Dec 30, 2013
John J. replied to Bill Tomlinson's discussion Connectors in HF Solar Kit?
"They are commonly called 2 way trailer connectors, 2 pin quick disconnects, 2 way flat wire connector / harness, sometimes 2 way disconnects. Amazon & elsewhere. 16 awg / 10 ga"
Dec 13, 2013

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Another Solar Power Goal Achieved!

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Refrigeration, no Ice at Camp! It took a quarter kilowatt to do it but I’m very pleased. Actually closer to 300 watts but that’s beside the point. I’m able to keep food, beer, and beverages cold & fresh now just using Solar Power my system generates. No more soggy foods. I don’t have to drain coolers or toss plastic ice bags into the trash. I use the thermoelectric chiller to transport to and from and a …

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90599-D

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 5:57pm 0 Comments

Well I may have used my last HF coupon for a kit today. Took advantage of an inside track coupon and bought one final metal frame kit. I've become friends with one of the cashiers, when the kits would go out the door she would say something like 'the guys love `em.' Well after a breif conversation about the changes she wasn't so sure anymore.

This gives me 10 15w panels in total. And the truth is where I use them amorphous makes more sence. So I should have the amps I need now. The…

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6th.Panel is in.

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 5:24pm 3 Comments

Picked up another single 15w HF Panel today. I'll install it horizontaly over the other two singles.

This should give me about 4-5 amps on good days peek hours. The singles come with some extra hardware, disconnect wiring & 3 adaptor connections. Also if I consider or need to…

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At 7:44am on July 11, 2011, Rodney Lingenfelter said…
Fridge is a dorm size AC off of an inverter and the fan was also AC . We are looking at DC fans and some day down the road Natural gas fridge because of the gas well we get 200,000 Cubic feet of gas free a year.
At 6:35am on August 15, 2011, Carlos Beato said…
Its charging two six volt golf cart batteries wired to be 12v.

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