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
CiviCRM Don Alejandro October 30, 2017
CiviCRM basics for users
Basic information for local WV groups migrating to CiviCRM.More
Tagged: CiviCRM

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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
GalleryGoing Solar Don Alejandro March 10, 2013
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 few pictures and info for a caption (description, location, profound revelation, whatever) to don_alejandro at spectrumz dot com.More
Issues: Panel mounting
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
Issues: Panel mounting
Addiction
Going Solar Mary Wildfire February 5, 2013
Facing Energy Addiction
Forty years ago, I watched a junkie shoot up. He melted some white powder in a spoon and put the liquid in a syringe, then tied a rubber cord around his arm, pulling it tight with his teeth, before injecting the contents of the syringe. I haven’t thought about it in years, but lately that image keeps coming into my mind as I observe all the happy talk about the “new” energy sources that are “making America energy-independent.”More
Issues: Extreme energy
Going Solar Don Alejandro February 3, 2013
SpectrumZ.com repurposed as Going Solar Blog
The Going Solar blog will feature information and ideas for solving common problems with small solar power installations, and provide space for others to share their experiences and innovations through comments or guest posts (contact Don).OBJN News, Esoteric Media, etc. will still be available at the same urls, and, of course, my partner or I may be inclined to post a rant or irrelevant digression every now and then, as the need arises.More
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