[External] Re: 10g residential CPE

Michael Thomas mike at mtcc.com
Sun Dec 27 17:49:14 UTC 2020

On 12/27/20 9:38 AM, Mark Tinka wrote:
> On 12/27/20 18:14, Michael Thomas wrote:
>> We have both, and are going to get a battery. But the battery would 
>> probably only be good for about a day which is not enough, especially 
>> with these planned shutoffs because they have to inspect their wire 
>> plant in daylight.
> If you can add some solar panels to that, you would be in a better 
> position to prolong the battery's utility.
> I'd say dump the generator, and invest that money in solar panels, 
> rather. Batteries are way more costly than panels, and if you can have 
> both, you're going to be better off in the long run.
We can't get enough solar panels on the roof to charge a battery big 
enough to handle a multi-day outage, and the battery as quoted is only 
charged from the panels, not from the mains. It's easy enough to get a 
transfer switch though for the battery subpanel to hook the generator up 
to. If I really wanted to get fancy, I could supply the generator from 
our house propane tank, but it's not that hard to just use the normal 5 
gallon type tanks.

Mike, it's sunday so i guess it's ok to be off topic :)

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