go green

I’ve recently installed a solar system for off-grid living. I’m pleased by the original selection to use devices made by Victron Energy, a Dutch company.

My first step was to review some of the full-kit versions of solar panel systems. I quickly found that the $6,000 price tag didn’t even include batteries. I even visited a downtown Albuquerque business but found that they were most definitely not interested in off-grid systems. In case you didn’t know it, there’s big money to be made in this technology niche. Next, I decided of course to purchase the individual pieces and to install it myself.

Most of the equipment I purchased in a single round-trip visit to SanTan Solar in southern Arizona. The inverter and related equipment were purchased from Solar-Biz which appears to operate somewhat remotely from Panama, the products were shipped directly from the manufacturer.

Solar Panels = $800

I purchased four Jinko 400W solar panels for the job. This then has the capacity of producing 1.6KW of power. I will note that the highest instantaneous power I’ve seen from the system just topped 1KW with a 30-day overall total of 60kWh so far (about $350/month then at average rates for power or at most a $4200/year payback). Not sure what I was thinking there but the $5.83/kWh figure I’d found on the Internet is way off from reality.

Charge Controller with Bluetooth = $785

The Victron SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 – TR charge controller manages the incoming solar power, matches it to the batteries and load and keeps track of its three modes of daily operation.

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Batteries = $640

I purchased four deep-cycle Trojan T-105 6V batteries for the job, wired in series to present 24V to the charge controller and inverter. Each are rated for 225AH.

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Battery Monitor with Bluetooth = $235

The Victron BMV-712 Smart provides a shunt to measure the power consumed across the circuits, a small LCD panel and the Bluetooth endpoint for monitoring it via the phone app.

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Inverter with Bluetooth = $600

It’s the Victron Phoenix 24/1200 VE.Direct inverter which produces a sine wave output at 120VAC from the 24V provided from the battery bank. Add-ons allow it to be monitored over the phone app.

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Wires, Accessories, Connectors and Such

Mounting the solar panels was sort of a pain, to be honest. I purchased some 4×4 posts, brackets in some cases, SuperStrut rails, SuperStrut sliding nuts and a variety of bolts, 2×4 lumber, nails and a few bags of QUIKRETE ($200). I left some room for expanding by a couple more panels in the future.

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Of course, all this equipment had to be installed somewhere so I purchased and installed a SunCast storage shed ($700) having purchased pavers for a smooth footing ($84).

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Both a battery cutoff switch ($20) and a circuit breaker ($15) were part of the design.

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The panels were presented to the charge controller in a series/parallel way, electrically. This required MC4-style Y-adapters to be used ($24). The entire set is connected to the charge controller via PV cable ($30) and a pack of ten MC4 connectors ($10).

The battery wiring as well as the wiring to the cutoff switch, circuit breaker, shunt and inverter involved AWG-4 wire purchased in bulk in some cases ($10) plus jumpers ($30) and lug connectors ($20) as purchased from O’Reilly Auto Parts.

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Monitoring Software

Fortunately, the Victron suite of products either directly have Bluetooth connectivity or an add-on feature which allows this. The net result is an entry in the Victron Connect phone app with usually several screens of functionality and configuration options.

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Installation

Most of everything got installed into the storage shed. The inverter presents a single 120VAC outlet so I plugged in a three-outlet IKEA power strip for the sake of convenience. The box for the earlier DeWalt 1000W square-wave inverter is visible there in the corner. It decided to die during the first 30-days of use.

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Total Cost = $4200

Wow. It’s almost impressive that the total cost in parts and delivery exactly matches the single-year payback in the electricity that it’s producing for me. Not sure what I was thinking earlier; I’d used a $5.83/kWh figure from the Internet which is totally wrong. It may take four to five years for this to pay itself off.

Strategy

If you don’t have an off-grid solar system then you’re probably not savvy to the way the charge controller operates. As much as a third of the daylight hours might have the charge controller just idling.

For those people who have a solar system tied to the grid, often the local power company is forced to pay you for the overage in power that you’re producing.

That said, if I’m over-producing power that can’t be directly used or which can’t be stored in the battery bank, the charge controller basically throws it away. Knowing this, I find myself today charging almost everything I can think of: MacBook, iPad, iPhone’s, USB-based storage devices, those 20V batteries for my DeWalt drill, etc.

What I plan to do later is to make a hot tub or similar and “dump” extra power into heating that water. Why not? Of course, I’ll also have a hot water heater and other appliances, but I probably won’t worry quite so much about wasting power during those days when there’s an abundance of sun.

I could just let the charge controller idle, ignore the extra power I’m not consuming and not worry about it. A better strategy though would be to figure out ways of storing that extra power…

For example, I’m thinking that one could use PEM cells and that extra power to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, storing each in separate containers. Later, when the energy is needed, PEM cells again can combine the two gases to generate power. It looks like the cost of PEM cells has risen sharply since the last time I dabbled in this technology, though.

One could also heat a large volume of water which is inside the house during the day and then allow it to radiate heat back to the house throughout the night hours.

Conclusion

The 1200W inverter is probably going to be enough for my needs for a while. During the construction phase I will note that I’m using a Briggs & Straton 3500W generator/inverter for running my power tools and such. So I’m not running a cement mixer from the Victron, in other words.

I’ll probably not plug in a hair dryer, a clothes iron or the espresso maker anytime soon. I’d hate to fry the electronics. I will probably try out the crock pot or smaller appliances, though. I’ve just tested running two simultaneous GermGuardian air purifiers on their highest settings, a Polar-Aire desk fan, a 4 cu. ft. Magic Chef refrigerator, lots of things charging all at once and the phone app reported perhaps a 70%-load at its worst. It’s working admirably, it was a fair investment up front but I think I’ll pay for all this within the span of a year.

the over-hyped flu virus

Comparing Covid to the common collection of flu statistics as seen year after year:

“CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million to 45 million cases, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.”

(Given the exaggerated figures of Covid due to the financial incentives, it could be that Covid’s death rate is fairly on par with the standard statistics for influenza.) Compare that 810K flu hospitalization figure with the U.S.’s 83K data for Covid to-date. Covid hospitalizations haven’t even reached the flu’s minimum annual amount yet!

Obviously, Covid-19 is being marketed to us for the purpose of creating fear and presumably to gain more control over us. Let’s crunch some numbers to get at the truth (and not what the national media nor our elected officials would have you believe regarding the subject):

* current U.S. population: 330 million
* CDC statistic (37M tested with 3.5M indicating positive for Covid-19): 9%
* Rough extrapolation then of Americans who might have Covid-19: 29.7M
* CDC statistic (total deaths): 130K
* Ratio of deaths to positive: 0.004377 (0.4%)

Keep in mind that the tests are administered more heavily to people who are standing in an ER who have shown up with symptoms. As a result, the test group is heavily weighed to people who already think that they’re infected. In many venues, there are simply few/no tests available to prophylactically check an asymptomatic person.

In all actuality, the realistic risk of death is therefore likely a quarter of that 0.4% figure, more like 0.1%, in other words. In fact, even these reported numbers are probably skewed because they’re from the medical community…

Add to this the $39,000 benefit paid by Medicare to the hospital (at least three times higher than non-related reasons) if the patient is placed on a ventilator and the indicated reason is Covid. Sen. Scott Jensen of Minnesota suggests (USA Today) that this makes the doctors/hospitals “game the system” to collect a windfall of federal money by “pencil-whipping” a checkbox on some form. He indicates essentially that the lack of test-based criteria instead of the current “plausible guess” criteria would allow less fraudulent behavior from the country’s medical community.

Statistically, you have a better chance of dying by suicide, kidney disease, flu/pneumonia, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, Cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents and unintentional injuries, cancer and heart disease… than of Covid-19.

I tutored college-level statistics years ago. Good science means that you must vet the incoming data from the test group and you must remove outliers from the dataset. It should be painfully obvious that this level of rigor is not happening with respect to Covid-related instances. If anything, the data is being padded to inflate that fear factor.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

~ Samuel Clemens

What’s sad to me is that “Team Fear-Covid-Damn-the-Economy” suggests that they’re the force of reason, the voice of science. They indicate that they’re making policy based upon the science. What utter bullshit they speak in doing so. Policy-makers are innumerate little gits, if you ask me.

What’s going on, really?

Speaking of graphs of exponential functions, have you seen any global population charts in the national news lately? I bet you haven’t because they’re not telling the actual story of what’s going on.

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Estimated world population figures, 10,000 BC–AD 2000 (log y scale)

Note that we’re well past the year 2000 now. Imagine being a member of the G8 five decades ago. You’d have been shitting your pants thinking about “the problem” and how to avoid a Soylent Green future for your respective constituents.

Presumably the G8’s favorite movie…

Soylent Green was a popular movie from 1973 (some fifty years ago) which painted an ugly outcome for the world (New York City, specifically). The year of this dystopian future was 2022. The problem portrayed in the narrative was that the world’s population had outstripped its resources and people were starving and rioting as a result.

So the G8 was biting their nails when the world’s population loomed at the 6B mark. And then it quickly passed the 7B point. And now, by the end of this year we’re poised to pass the 8B level. Each increase by another billion gets smaller and smaller; remember, we’re in that rapidly-increasing section of the curve. That’s just the nature of exponential growth.

Obviously, the G8 must have chosen to do something about “the problem”. We know that the HIV retrovirus was created in a lab by Dr. Robert Gallo and patented sometime in 1984. If you’re into the science, his 1971 paper describes the technique.

I’m not sure if you can believe the boldness of the quote but this article includes the following quote from Dr. Robert Gallo:

“I Invented AIDS To Depopulate Humanity”

~ Dr. Robert Gallo, inventor of AIDS/HIV

If you can believe this next article

“We were forced To Create The HIV Virus As a Secret Weapon To Wipe Out The African Race.”

~ Dr. Robert Gallo, inventor of AIDS/HIV

So part of this is a well-funded military program to create biological weapons. What we see though is the targeting of a particular racial group in what appears to be eugenics playing out at the global level.

SARS, H5N1, H1N1, MERS and Covid-19

The next three major pandemics likely had a similar lab-born genesis. SARS-2.0 virus was created in a lab. The H5N1 bird flu virus was created in a lab. A more virulent version of the H1N1 virus was created in a lab. The Covid-19 virus was created in a lab.

In October 2014, federal funding was stopped for lab research that would have altered three viruses to make them more lethal: the influenza virus; the virus behind Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the virus behind severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

~ U.S. Lifts Ban on Laboratory-Made Lethal Viruses

It’s no big secret that super-viruses are manufactured in labs. On paper, they’re merely “studies” or “research”. In the news, we see these unfortunate “accidents” in which each virus is making its way out of the lab and into the population. What if these are planned accidents, though? Wouldn’t that make more sense at the highest level, that the G8 is attempting to—in their own minds at least—save the planet?

Jimmy Carter, philanthropist(?)

It’s not always about directly killing people, though. There is such a thing as soft kill. Imagine being able to get rid of people before they’re even born.

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Look at all that free corn that Jimmy Carter and Dr. Norman Borlaug have GMO’d for the people of Africa. On paper, Borlaug’s AgBioWorld.org website would have you believe that they’re wonderful and helpful to starving people of the planet.

“Soft kill”, the gentler solution to world population

But then again, why would a U.C. Davis professor-as-whistleblower lose his tenure over publicizing the GMO’d corn they were developing whose purpose is to lower sperm motility in the man who’d consumed it?

In this 2018 article, we see that men’s sperm counts are continuing to fall in the U.S. and Europe.

A pair of new studies unveiled this week at the Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Denver suggest that American and European men’s sperm count and sperm motility—that is, the “swimming” ability of sperm cells—have declined in the past decade, which follows a similar, broader trend observed by many scientists over the past few decades.

In this article, research links GMO foods to infertility.

Conclusion

People at the highest level (G8) have been freaking out over the growth of the human race for at least five decades now. It seems certain that they’ve respectively tasked their local militaries and other shadowy entities to deal with the problem. In some ways, this looks like creating and releasing exotic viruses (often via vaccination programs). In some ways, this looks like lowering sperm motility via the consumption of genetically-modified foods (often via free food programs). It appears that the poor and people-of-color are being targeted. Any media over-hype related to Covid-19 (the current manufactured pandemic) is just hype and little more. We should go back to business-as-usual and push back to our elected officials when confronted by innumeracy.