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UPS systems protect against bad Helco power

Posted by Rich E2 on Monday, 24 December 2018, at 12:57 p.m.
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In response to 142970: Too bad net metering ended, posted by Jeff N on Monday, 24 December 2018, at 12:35 p.m.

We live deep in South Kona at 950 ft elevation overlooking the vast Pacific. No undue clouds here, so 20 panels works perfect. I can understand, where you are, teh need for 24 panels. Our system is based on an average usage of 18 KWH/day.

I find it amazing that we get more solar production in the winter months than the summer months, Apparently, the shortened days are more than offset by the sun's rays hitting my panels more directly. They are mounted on the roof pointing directly south.

You really should invest in a few UPS systems. They are about $80 each at Wal-Mart, and last about 3 years, before the battery in them wears out. They will absolutely protect against brownouts and surges. I have one in the catchment pump room just to protect my UV light, which is part of my filtration system. I lost a couple of those expensive lights before I protected it. I now have UPS units protecting all TV's, DVR's, computers, and the UV light. Since then, I've never had another loss.

Have a GREAT 2019, and be happy you don't live on the mainland!!


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