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America in Distress : Post-Election 2016

Before you go up in arms about the title, and the featured image… Chill out a bit, and read a few lines.  This post is probably not going to go the way that you think it is.

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Solar Panel Surgery : Part Deux incoming

About a week ago, I moved my solar panels at my garden shed to get a bit better sun coverage… thinking that a primary line casting a shadow across 2 of the panels was causing my wattage output to plummit….   I was wrong; after some investigation, it’s going to be time to perform some more solar panel surgery.   Same panel, same joint, just on the other side.   Hopefully this is the last surgery that I’ll have to perform on this array.

While testing and moving the panels, I also found that I had a bad battery in my battery bank, so I’ll also need to start looking for a replacement set of batteries.   I’m going back and forth on this, as I’m not entirely sure how I want to approach my next battery bank.

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Solar Panel Surgery

So.   I have a small off-grid (for power) garden shed at a property about 600 feet from my house.  I decided a couple of years ago to cut the utility power to it and make a full solar setup.   I started with a pair of Kyocera KC120-1 panels, and then the following year, doubled it to 4 panels.    At the end of last summer, I realized that my output was half of what it was after I added the second set of panels, and didn’t worry about it.   Today it was 72 degrees out, and I decided to investigate.

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