Going Solar Blog

The Going Solar blog will feature ideas and information relevant to installing and optimizing home solar energy systems, plus the occasional posts relevant to the climate change crisis and lack of political sanity. Our low cost panel racks have been replicated four times in our county, and at least a dozen times across the country and South America that I know of.  There are also some useful resources related to our Solar Open House.

This site is also used test WordPress plugins and functions I’ve been developing for my client’s websites, such as the iconic newslink management software that provide these widgets and their associated searchable archives.

Sorry I haven’t gotten to more ‘how-to’ posts than the panel mounting rack yet, but I’ve been swamped with website work and building projects.  I’m working to extract myself from various website maintenance loops (by automating sites I manage with WordPress) and hope to begin adding more technical posts sometime in 2016 or 2017.

Upcoming ‘how-to’ posts will cover topics such as low cost ultra-low power DC lighting and using DC/DC power supplies to eliminate vampire transformers so your inverter can run in stand-by mode (every watt-hour is sacred, especially in an off-grid system).  Also how to modify a frost-free refrigerator to work with an inverter running in stand-by mode – without modification a frost-free refrigerator will experience severe mood swings.

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February 5, 2013 GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro
Low cost adjustable solar panel rack
Mary and I live off grid, so we wanted to mount our panels near ground level, where we could easily keep the snow off (i.e., not on a two story tin roof) and adjust the panel angle seasonally, because every watt is sacred in a non-grid-tie system, especially December through February in WV. Also, the panels would be more efficient in warm weather (due to being cooler than if mounted on a hot tin roof). We didn't want to spend a lot of money on a pole-mount rack, so I came up with a simple design that we built from treated lumber, common hardware and hinges.
Tagged: Panel mounting
October 10, 2015 Going Solar Mary Wildfire
First Steps to Solar
Mary Wildfire’s presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge.
Tagged: Renewable energysolar

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September 20, 2016 Going Solar Don Alejandro
Will our representatives in Washington betray us on TPP?
Everybody hates the Tran Pacific Partnership “free trade” deal. Conservatives hate it because of its assault on sovereignty, the way it hands over the rights to regulate in the U.S. to foreign corporations. Liberals and progressives hate the way it threatens labor rights, health and safety standards, and the environment.
Issues: RantTPP
August 16, 2016 Going Solar Mary Wildfire
Let’s Ask John Oliver to Do a Show on FERC!
Do you ever watch John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight”? I find his show both funny and informative—in my opinion, he’s the best of Jon Stewart’s protégés. He’s one of the last of the muckraking journalists, showcasing outrages not getting much attention elsewhere.
Issues: Extreme energyFERC
May 7, 2016 Going Solar Mary Wildfire
Come to the Rubberstamp Rebellion: Ride with Us, Tell Off FERC
So why am I planning to go to D.C. again, this time to participate in Beyond Extreme Energy’s Rubberstamp Rebellion?
Issues: Extreme energyFERCRant
October 20, 2015 Going Solar Mary Wildfire
Environmental Injustice
The term “environmental injustice” typically refers to a situation in which one group of people, usually poor and minority, suffers the environmental harms of an activity while another group, usually more affluent and white, reaps the benefits.
Issues: Extreme energyRant
October 13, 2015 GalleryGoing Solar Mary Wildfire
Marcellus Tour 2015 – Sunday, October 11
Thirteen people gathered on Sunday, October 11th for a tour of Marcellus drilling sites in Wetzel County.
Issues: Climate ChaosExtreme energyFracking
October 10, 2015 Going Solar Mary Wildfire
First Steps to Solar
Mary Wildfire’s presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge.
Issues: Renewable energysolar
October 5, 2015 Going Solar Robin Wilson
Why go with solar power and how to make it happen for you
Robin Wilson's presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge
Issues: Renewable energysolar
October 5, 2015 GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro
Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge
A few pictures of the Oct. 3, 2015 solar open house at Hickory Ridge. Includes Mary's presentation (First steps to solar) and Robin's presentation (Why go with solar power and how to make it happen for you)
Issues: Renewable energysolar
March 3, 2015 Going Solar Don Alejandro
West Virginia gets an extreme energy makeover
Apparently the makeover to the West Virginia State Capital has proceeded much further than merely wasting a lot of money on gold leaf for the capitol dome. WV's legislature now appears to be captured by out of state corporate/billionaire interests.
Issues: Extreme energy
March 10, 2013 GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro
Additional photos of low cost adjustable solar panel rack
If you’ve built a version of this rack design I’d love to add a picture or two to this gallery.  To be included send a couple pictures and info for a caption (description, location, profound revelation, whatever) to don_alejandro at spectrumz dot com.
Issues: Panel mounting
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