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Searched, but could only find one detailed thread covering solar installations in Bitches and Gripes Am connected to the grid. I'd love to swerve it, because I don't see an end to the price increases, and because the technology seems to be more efficient than it used to be. I run a shit ton of stuff, as you can imagine. Autoclaves, flow hood, power tools I do not understand my electricity bill, but I understand it's increased over 100% last few years. Not much provider competition in my area, am forced to pay highest prices for it and have had to scale back my business to accommodate that This company is offering a solar install package deal in my area http://www.gemenergy.com.au/northnsw/ Does it look any good? There were some installer ppl here a while ago, I'd love to hear feedback Any system I put in would need to be able to leave the grid totally when battery technology improves. I have a love/hate relationship with the grid, I need to end it
IndianDreaming posted a topic in Sustainable Technologies & Ethical LivingHi All - First main post for me to meet 'n' greet and let you know what I'm up to. I've found the Corroboree to be an absolute weath of information and humour and would love to share my thoughts with you all for both flaming and fair share. My interests: Chemistry, electronics, robotics, computing, plants, people, parties, psychonautism and generally LTUAE (Life the universe and everything...) Being fairly new to gardening in general, I'm learning very quickly the meaning of 'patience is a virtue'... Especially with L.W which should be the new saying 'Yeah mate, its like watching peyote grow...' With that in mind, I've decided to combine a few interests to come up with a digitally controlled (cactus) propagation environment that meets the following goals: Cheap, low maintenance, eco friendly & efficient, fully automatic. Below is the list of things I have already and a brief explanation (and some pics if i can get them in here): 2 x Shelves (bunnings $15 each on special combined into one) = $30 1 x 12v 80psi water pump = $50 7 x Dan fogger jets 7 lph = $15 1 x AM2302 Temperature + Humidity sensor = $6 1 x Computer fan (free - recycled, have a few) 1 x 4 Bank 5v controlled solid state relay bank (rated 240v 10A or 30VDC 10A) = $6 2 x Arduino uno 328's (a Dev board and a mini Pro board) = $20 5m x LED Strip (3014, 180LEDS/m, Lum 2070, 21.6W/m - Approx 90Lm/w, 5000k) = $80 Some plastic, clips, prop trays and little seedling thingo's Still to come: 1 x Water vapour mister thingo like you see in those foggy fountains 1 x Digital soil temp probe and maybe a digital PH probe Lots of x Time to whang it all together and write the control software Eventually all this digital stuff will go into a fully fledged greenhouse, but at the moment, I have neither the funds to purchase one or the space... I think thats enough of an intro, I'll whang in some pics and would love to hear any comments - I'll also be chasing some cactus seed eventually, and have some items to trade such as Entada Rheedi seed, P. Harmala sproutlings, etc... But thats a little ways off. p.s. Wasn't sure where this sort of post belongs...