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rmenergy

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Mar 27, 2021
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Are you ashamed of these fucks in this thread and the quality of their questions (except for me)?
No, not really. You never know peoples backgrounds & "you don't know what you don't know". Because of this, I think many don't have enough background to even ask a question. It would be similar to myself attempting to speak with a specialist in an unrelated field from mine that I had no hobby type experience in. I wouldn't even know where to begin asking an intelligent question. I'd sit back & wait for other informed people to get the conversation going to a point where I may pick up enough to Forrest Gump my way through.
 

rmenergy

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Mar 27, 2021
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Can you help me build a power plant in my garage so I can stick it to the man?
Lol. Many states won't let you disconnect from the grid completely. It's considered a "reliability" resource. Total BS but it is what it is.

You can find a large Onan (or other decent brand) generator that has been converted to run on natural gas & run it. Don't think you'll save anything, quite the opposite at this point, but you would be "off grid" & able to run your entire home.

For a homeowner in most states. Buy a home with a new(er) owned PV installation & purchase an extended warranty from the manufacturer directly. I did this & am not even a fan of PV. The previous owner ate the cost of the system as it didn't warrant an increase in the purchase price. I purchased a 20yr extended warranty directly from SMA & have already had the inverter replaced. 20yr extension was around $700 if I recall correctly. Team the PV system with a Nat. Gas generator that has a good relay package & you're golden for FAR under the cost of a battery backup system. Well that's my $.02 anyway.
 

Lars

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R @rmenergy you said you are in the Rocky Mountain area? I consulted on two transmission lines there, not on the power conversion and delivery of course
More the overall project logistics. I’m hesitant to tell you their names because they’re a shit show and were already wildly over budget when I came in. I blame SNC-Lavelin and Siemens.
 

rmenergy

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Mar 27, 2021
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R @rmenergy you said you are in the Rocky Mountain area? I consulted on two transmission lines there, not on the power conversion and delivery of course
More the overall project logistics. I’m hesitant to tell you their names because they’re a shit show and were already wildly over budget when I came in. I blame SNC-Lavelin and Siemens.
No. I just said WECC & that it fall from the Rockies to the west.

I'm actually in the greater Sacramento area.
 

Lars

The Vaccines Will Procure Themselves
Oct 17, 2015
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No. I just said WECC & that it fall from the Rockies to the west.

I'm actually in the greater Sacramento area.
Okay good, you should have no idea what monumental clusterfucks I am referencing.

Anyways thanks for making this thread.

I don’t have any good questions.
 

rmenergy

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Mar 27, 2021
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Okay good, you should have no idea what monumental clusterfucks I am referencing.

Anyways thanks for making this thread.

I don’t have any good questions.
You're welcome & no problem. Figured it would be a decent way to "introduce" myself as it's not a common profession that impacts everyone.
 

Lars

The Vaccines Will Procure Themselves
Oct 17, 2015
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So many of those projects run over budget & a few companies really are shit shows.
This was an unholy amalgamation between government, piggybacking private industry and an engineering firm known world wide for corruption. And then some Germans.