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  • By amyrbeaudet
    Jun 27, 2011
    I sell solar to both on- and off- gridders, and I bought this book to help understand what my customers may experience, and how to help them avoid any pitfalls. Unfortunately, the "Con" is a result of bad math and poor planning. While she admits that the math is complicated, and she doesn't have experience in it, she proves that throughout the book. To power her basic loads, minus the 14,000 watt central air conditioner, she needs about 2,000 watts of solar, depending on the season. She has 820 watts, less than half of what she needs. She uses erroneous math, destroying Ohm's Law, to try to prove that her solar system is plenty big enough, but because of the "scam" perpetuated by the satellite industry (that she used to work in), it doesn't work and should not be used at all. Her math is wrong, not the technology. She says that her solar is generating from 50 to 90 amp hours at 24 volts, which equals from 1200 to 2160 watt hours, and she uses from 75 to 105 amp... More > hours at 110 volts, which is 8250 to 11,550 watt hours. Yet because the amps are the same, she says it is enough. She mentions A x V = W, but then doesn't apply it. Most of her problems were a result of buying a pre-manufactured home without doing the right research, being too heavily dependent on unreliable gas generators, and relying on friends to set up her system who have no idea what they are doing and set it up wrong. She also expected to be able to run a 4 ton central air conditioner off grid. She may be able to get away with a small window unit a few hours a day, if she didn't run the TV for 15 hours that day. She repeatedly made false statements, such as it takes much more power to make a solar panel than it makes in its lifetime. That myth has long been dis-proven (it takes about 3 1/2 years to make the power it used to create it). She used her erroneous math to show how many hundreds of years it will take to pay for itself, the real number is generally well over ten years. People shouldn't expect solar to save them money, unless like her, it is cost prohibitive to run the grid to your property. But that's the price of choosing to live in the middle of no where. I feel bad for her tough times, I truly do, and I know she wants to blame someone for her misfortune, but it's not solar's fault. I read this book with an open mind, unfortunately, it was not written with one. On a positive note, I love her artwork.< Less
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Tiffany Montano
August 9, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.37 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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