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Nice, but what are all those spots on the front? I'm thinking a paint protection film is definitely something I'm going to have to look into.
I should have, though I didn't, cleaned all the bugs off the front before taking the picture. Lots of love bugs gave their life on our 200 mile trip home from the dealer.
 

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Have you thought about documenting your experience with the solar panels?
Not in great detail though I do have a blog that I started back in 2014 when we ran away from home and lived on a sailboat for a year. The blog is still up and running and it does briefly cover the solar installation. The one thing I will say, we will never recuperate our money. We don't sell power back to the grid for a myriad of reasons, mostly because we pay $.13 a kwh and the power company will buy it from us for $.01 kwh.
 

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Not in great detail though I do have a blog that I started back in 2014 when we ran away from home and lived on a sailboat for a year. The blog is still up and running and it does briefly cover the solar installation. The one thing I will say, we will never recuperate our money. We don't sell power back to the grid for a myriad of reasons, mostly because we pay $.13 a kwh and the power company will buy it from us for $.01 kwh.
Won't recoup it in selling it back to the electric company or not recoup it in terms of financial dollars spent vs savings realized? I figure replacing costly gasoline might make it competitive, but your probably right given the useful life of some panels before they need to be replaced.
 

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Bought it off the lot just over a week ago. Had to drive 200 miles to get it, but so far I'd say it was worth it. The dealer has a couple of certified pre-owned Bolts if anyone is looking for one. A 2020 EV LT and a 2022 EUV LT.

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Great car, and awesome solar array.
Any more solar photos, did you install on your own? What panels did you use, and what inverter/s?
 

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Having grass is pretty bad for the environment with all the displacement of native plants and the all the mowing.
I don't know about the OP but I have my array on the ground because my house roof is shaded at all times and my garage slopes the wrong way. Not to mention it's much easy to clean the snow off when ground mounted vs on a 12 tall roof at the lowest point.
I am completely jealous of both of your ground systems. I really don’t like walking on the roof to clean the panels, without any consideration for snow that doesn’t happen in the CA valley. I don’t clean them nearly as much as I would with them on a rack on the ground.

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Not in great detail though I do have a blog that I started back in 2014 when we ran away from home and lived on a sailboat for a year. The blog is still up and running and it does briefly cover the solar installation. The one thing I will say, we will never recuperate our money. We don't sell power back to the grid for a myriad of reasons, mostly because we pay $.13 a kwh and the power company will buy it from us for $.01 kwh.
I understand the high kWh/person in TX. You guys have a lot of stuff to power that someone like I have in the Central Valley of CA. And I stupidly stuck with NG heating which has turned out to be a mistake since NG has more than doubled in less than 2 years. My smacking myself for my lack of fore vision.

You could ROI should your price get to the stupid levels of CA. We are now basically 25 cents per. My system is half your size, and I am at 4.5 years in. I am going to ROI in less than 2 years; at least that is working out 🥳

Awesome system and awesome cars 😍
 

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Any more solar photos, did you install on your own? What panels did you use, and what inverter/s?
Panels are REC (made in China, unfortunately). Everything excluding some of the wire, conduit and schedule 40 steel pipe for the main structure was purchased through... (don't want to advertise in case that is forbidden here, will provide info upon request). They sized the system and provided all the pieces and parts we needed to do it ourselves. Note: We are out in the country, no permit or inspections required. I did involve our electrician on the AC side just to be safe. Inverters are Sol-Ark 12K All in One (both inverters and charge controllers in one). Batteries are Fortress E-Flex (5.4 kwh each). Here is my blog post on the installation.


Since our initial install we have added two more batteries and one more Sol-Ark. Mostly because of the heat this summer. Our two stage air conditioner compressor spent most of the time this summer running in the second stage which meant we couldn't make it through the night on batteries alone. That upgrade also required we enlarge our "solar annex".

Here's a picture of the solar annex as it looks now. The front half is our well house, back half is for solar equipment. Far left in the picture you can see our manual knife switch for switching between grid and solar. Behind the tree (Beaver damage at no additional charge) you can just see a piece of the generator.
Plant Tree Building Land lot Wood



Here is the mess inside the solar annex. Now 3 inverters and 6 batteries. Third inverter is not yet hooked up.
Electricity Wood Audio equipment Electrical wiring Computer hardware


And just for grins, here is a picture of the passive solar water heater we put on the roof. It's a tank out of a water heater, painted black and under glass. The plumbing looks like something from a sci-fi movie but it allows me to bypass my electric water heater and only use solar or bypass the solar and only use electric. Normal is preheat the water that goes into the electric water heater.
Cloud Sky Wood Shade Rolling


I apologize for going way off track as far as this forum being for the Chevrolet Bolt. But as you might be able to tell, I'm proud of what we've done. And if it wasn't for all this solar, I wouldn't have considered an electric car.

Brian
 

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Panels are REC (made in China, unfortunately). Everything excluding some of the wire, conduit and schedule 40 steel pipe for the main structure was purchased through... (don't want to advertise in case that is forbidden here, will provide info upon request). They sized the system and provided all the pieces and parts we needed to do it ourselves. Note: We are out in the country, no permit or inspections required. I did involve our electrician on the AC side just to be safe. Inverters are Sol-Ark 12K All in One (both inverters and charge controllers in one). Batteries are Fortress E-Flex (5.4 kwh each). Here is my blog post on the installation.


Since our initial install we have added two more batteries and one more Sol-Ark. Mostly because of the heat this summer. Our two stage air conditioner compressor spent most of the time this summer running in the second stage which meant we couldn't make it through the night on batteries alone. That upgrade also required we enlarge our "solar annex".

Here's a picture of the solar annex as it looks now. The front half is our well house, back half is for solar equipment. Far left in the picture you can see our manual knife switch for switching between grid and solar. Behind the tree (Beaver damage at no additional charge) you can just see a piece of the generator.
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Here is the mess inside the solar annex. Now 3 inverters and 6 batteries. Third inverter is not yet hooked up.
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And just for grins, here is a picture of the passive solar water heater we put on the roof. It's a tank out of a water heater, painted black and under glass. The plumbing looks like something from a sci-fi movie but it allows me to bypass my electric water heater and only use solar or bypass the solar and only use electric. Normal is preheat the water that goes into the electric water heater.
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I apologize for going way off track as far as this forum being for the Chevrolet Bolt. But as you might be able to tell, I'm proud of what we've done. And if it wasn't for all this solar, I wouldn't have considered an electric car.

Brian
I have zero problem with salivating over your setup.

And it’s your thread saying what you have going on. I would think that there are quite a few people here who would like to pick your brain so they can deal with Texas-style power failures. Not trying to be a jerk, but you guys know how to go big on everything 😉
 

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Panels are REC (made in China, unfortunately). Everything excluding some of the wire, conduit and schedule 40 steel pipe for the main structure was purchased through... (don't want to advertise in case that is forbidden here, will provide info upon request). They sized the system and provided all the pieces and parts we needed to do it ourselves. Note: We are out in the country, no permit or inspections required. I did involve our electrician on the AC side just to be safe. Inverters are Sol-Ark 12K All in One (both inverters and charge controllers in one). Batteries are Fortress E-Flex (5.4 kwh each). Here is my blog post on the installation.


Since our initial install we have added two more batteries and one more Sol-Ark. Mostly because of the heat this summer. Our two stage air conditioner compressor spent most of the time this summer running in the second stage which meant we couldn't make it through the night on batteries alone. That upgrade also required we enlarge our "solar annex".

Here's a picture of the solar annex as it looks now. The front half is our well house, back half is for solar equipment. Far left in the picture you can see our manual knife switch for switching between grid and solar. Behind the tree (Beaver damage at no additional charge) you can just see a piece of the generator.
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Here is the mess inside the solar annex. Now 3 inverters and 6 batteries. Third inverter is not yet hooked up.
View attachment 47148

And just for grins, here is a picture of the passive solar water heater we put on the roof. It's a tank out of a water heater, painted black and under glass. The plumbing looks like something from a sci-fi movie but it allows me to bypass my electric water heater and only use solar or bypass the solar and only use electric. Normal is preheat the water that goes into the electric water heater.
View attachment 47149

I apologize for going way off track as far as this forum being for the Chevrolet Bolt. But as you might be able to tell, I'm proud of what we've done. And if it wasn't for all this solar, I wouldn't have considered an electric car.

Brian
Panels are REC (made in China, unfortunately). Everything excluding some of the wire, conduit and schedule 40 steel pipe for the main structure was purchased through... (don't want to advertise in case that is forbidden here, will provide info upon request). They sized the system and provided all the pieces and parts we needed to do it ourselves. Note: We are out in the country, no permit or inspections required. I did involve our electrician on the AC side just to be safe. Inverters are Sol-Ark 12K All in One (both inverters and charge controllers in one). Batteries are Fortress E-Flex (5.4 kwh each). Here is my blog post on the installation.


Since our initial install we have added two more batteries and one more Sol-Ark. Mostly because of the heat this summer. Our two stage air conditioner compressor spent most of the time this summer running in the second stage which meant we couldn't make it through the night on batteries alone. That upgrade also required we enlarge our "solar annex".

Here's a picture of the solar annex as it looks now. The front half is our well house, back half is for solar equipment. Far left in the picture you can see our manual knife switch for switching between grid and solar. Behind the tree (Beaver damage at no additional charge) you can just see a piece of the generator.
View attachment 47147


Here is the mess inside the solar annex. Now 3 inverters and 6 batteries. Third inverter is not yet hooked up.
View attachment 47148

And just for grins, here is a picture of the passive solar water heater we put on the roof. It's a tank out of a water heater, painted black and under glass. The plumbing looks like something from a sci-fi movie but it allows me to bypass my electric water heater and only use solar or bypass the solar and only use electric. Normal is preheat the water that goes into the electric water heater.
View attachment 47149

I apologize for going way off track as far as this forum being for the Chevrolet Bolt. But as you might be able to tell, I'm proud of what we've done. And if it wasn't for all this solar, I wouldn't have considered an electric car.

Brian
What a wonder system you have, very impressive.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Curious why you'd put solar panels on the ground. Maybe there was no solar-viable roof nearby? I ask because I've seen more people lately put them on the ground just to make them easier to clean and maintain. Can't say I agree with that mentality: covering green grass with black solar panels instead of using already allocated build areas. If everyone did that, the albedo may end up worse for global warming than not having them: our planet is going to end up looking "black" from space.

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You sound like you’re a lot of fun at parties.

I’m curious about your lack of social awareness. Can’t say I agree with the mentality of criticizing a setup you know nothing about.
 

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Nice array. Thought I'd share this photo since appears there's a lot of interest in the solar aspect. My 2020 Bolt LT (Cajun red) is parked to the right of our barn.
Plant Sky Building Tree Natural landscape

House roof has 3.2kw, grid-tied with 42kwh of battery backup (21kwh usable from FLA battery). Barn has 2 systems, top two rows are grid-tied only (stop producing in event of a grid outage), 6.45kw. Bottom two rows are grid-tied, 6.89kw with 11.4kwh battery (LiFePO4) backup to barn essential loads (mainly a wood-fired hydronic heat system whose pumps need to be kept running in winter). Batteries are for grid outages only. Net metering agreement with my local utility supplier and my last electric bill was for $4.70 in May. Currently have a $79 credit. I'll use that up by year end as cloudy days are ahead here in NE Ohio.
 

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Bought it off the lot just over a week ago. Had to drive 200 miles to get it, but so far I'd say it was worth it. The dealer has a couple of certified pre-owned Bolts if anyone is looking for one. A 2020 EV LT and a 2022 EUV LT.

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And I thought my Solar system was big!! .... Nice mate!! Congrats and Go Bolt Nation!
 

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I would love to have solar however, my roof faces east and west and unless I consume my entire front yard, don't really have ground room...
So my Roof faces East and West.... I have 37 panels grid tied (no batteries yet) My electric bill is a 500 dollar credit right now (Arizona)... had the system 1 year exactly. If designed right and no Tree / building shading it out , it can still work (Arizona type sun)
 
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