Going Solar

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 news 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 November 25, 2018
Review of Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming
Drawdown was a major collaborative effort involving 70 research fellows from 40 countries. It’s not so much a cohesive plan as a list of partial solutions: 80 that are tested and in use at least somewhere in the world, and another 20 that are speculative. More
Issues: Climate ChaosExtreme energyRenewable energy
Going Solar Mary Wildfire September 10, 2018
Review of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
After reading two reviews of this recently published book, I was interested enough to ask my local library, the Roane County Library, to purchase it. They did. Now I’ve read it and am writing another review, for you. More
Issues: FrackingPollution
Going Solar Mary Wildfire July 26, 2018
West Virginians Do Not Want China’s Appalachian Gas Investments: #NoASH #PetroFreeWV
Not everyone here in West Virginia thinks building Cancer Alley #2 along the entire Ohio River border of our state would be wonderful. Far from it! More
Issues: FrackingPipelinesPollution
Going Solar Mary Wildfire August 31, 2017
FERC is a Sugar Daddy
FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is the kind of regulatory agency any industry would love. More
Issues: FERCPipelines
Going Solar Mary Wildfire August 29, 2017
Tunnel Vision at FERC
As a way to study environmental impacts, looking at the world through a tiny close-up lens is not a good approach. More
Issues: FERCPipelines
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 energyRenewable energy
Going Solar Mary Wildfire February 10, 2017
The Other Side of Combating Climate Change
If we are to avert catastrophic climate change, not only do we need to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions extremely rapidly—we also need to sequester some of the excess carbon dioxide that’s already in our air. More
Issues: Climate ChaosHousing
Going Solar Mary Wildfire October 18, 2016
Solar Open House In Roane County on November 5
The second annual solar open house in Roane County will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at the home of Bob and Jan Mertz on Mulberry Ridge.  More
Issues: Renewable energysolar
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: TPP
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
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Updated: October 4, 2019 — 2:47 pm