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Solar Installation Begins….

I’ve been driving electric since the mid/late 90’s, and I’ve owned my Leaf since March 2011, and I’ve had solar panels in my garage since about the same time.  I purchased 50 some-odd panels from the Solyndra bankruptcy liquidation.  I was going to put them on the roof of my old home, but then I got engaged and my fiance (now wife) was talking about moving after we got married, so I put the installation on hold.  We were going to build a home in the foothills, but after talking with several contractors, they suggested we just purchase.  It turns out it is more expensive to build a home than to just purchase at that time.  In fact most contractors will build a home for themselves and then live there two years and then build a new home and live there for two years.  All of the contractors we contacted are living in rentals or homes that they have been in for much longer because the market is so bad.  Anyhow, because of this we purchased instead of building new.  A new home with all the panels could have been done as an off-grid home which is what we wanted.  Since it is an existing home, we do not have enough room to install all the panels, so I sold most of them and just kept 12 panels to be installed and that should be enough to cover our vehicle charging needs.  So now we will be able to drive on sunshine.

 

The Adventure Begins

I’ve been driving EV’s since the mid 1990’s when I completed my 1974 Porsche 914 conversion to electric in 1997.  That car has gone through several battery packs over the past 15 years, and is currently in the process of getting upgraded from Lead Acid to Lithium (more on that to follow in later posts).  I got on the waiting list for an Aptera electric in late 2007 and was one of the early reservationist (number was in the 90’s originally but then got lowered to the 40’s when the list split in two parts: electric and hybrid).  Clearly that did not pan out, but I was able to put my name down for a Leaf reservation as soon as it opened up (the day of the gulf disaster).  I was able to get one of the early deliveries in March of 2011, and it has been great to have two EV’s (well, down to one right now with the Porsche under reconstruction).  I’ll see how this blogging goes as I’m not a very good writer.  It seems clear writing skills are a difficult task for most of us technical minded folks.  Perhaps this Blog will help improve that situation.

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