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 late 2017 or 2018.

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 wth an inverter running in stand-by mode – without modification a frost-free refrigerator will experience severe mood swings.

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GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro February 5, 2013
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. More
Tagged: Panel mounting
Going Solar Mary Wildfire October 10, 2015
First Steps to Solar
Mary Wildfire’s presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge.More
Tagged: Renewable energysolar

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Going Solar Mary Wildfire March 31, 2017
Natural gas at all costs is WV’s moral imperative?
According to Senate President Mitch Carmichael, “We have a moral imperative to provide low-cost energy, not only to West Virginia, but to the world.” So it’s not only a matter of revenues and jobs behind the current push to exploit natural gas in the Marcellus and other shales, it’s also a “moral imperative.”More
Issues: Climate ChaosExtreme energyRantRenewable energy
Going Solar Mary Wildfire September 20, 2016
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.More
Issues: RantTPP
Going Solar Mary Wildfire August 16, 2016
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.More
Issues: Extreme energyFERC
Going Solar Mary Wildfire May 7, 2016
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?More
Issues: Extreme energyFERCRant
Going Solar Mary Wildfire October 20, 2015
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. More
Issues: Extreme energyRant
GalleryGoing Solar Mary Wildfire October 13, 2015
Marcellus Tour 2015 – Sunday, October 11
Thirteen people gathered on Sunday, October 11th for a tour of Marcellus drilling sites in Wetzel County. More
Issues: Climate ChaosExtreme energyFracking
Going Solar Mary Wildfire October 10, 2015
First Steps to Solar
Mary Wildfire’s presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory Ridge.More
Issues: Renewable energysolar
Going Solar Robin Wilson October 5, 2015
Why go with solar power and how to make it happen for you
Robin Wilson's presentation from the Solar Open House at Hickory RidgeMore
Issues: Renewable energysolar
GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro October 5, 2015
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)More
Issues: Renewable energysolar
WV Capital Extreme Energy Makeover
Going Solar Don Alejandro March 3, 2015
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.More
Issues: Extreme energy
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