‘Grid-connected’ Archive

Making Raspberry Pi in the woods

So the Ohmsteader is an old school DIY kinda guy, and so it’s taken him a pretty long time to come around to adding computer control to his DIY projects – but no more.  The wonderful and amazing Raspberry Pi and its even more spare cousin Arduino are changing that.  Full fledged and surprisingly easy [...]

Grid Parity – Part 1

In this post and the one that follows we’ll talk about what the term “grid parity” means in two easy to understand posts. Grid parity is a pretty interesting concept. It’s a lot like peak oil in that once you understand the term you begin to see a lot of things very differently.  A great [...]

What’s so wrong with small scale ground mounted solar?

I recently looked into ground mounted vs. rooftop solar for a family member and was really surprised by the difference in permitting costs of all things. For a small, residential sized system the permitting costs dwarfed the savings associated with a ground mount system right out of the gate – they were literally thousands of [...]

Grid Connected Vehicles as Mobile Generators

The folks over at plugincars.com  have a nice article on plug in electric vehicles that also generate electricity for the grid. The article is about PG&E, no small owner of fleet vehicles, and their interest in bootstrapping Chevy-volt like technology for range expanded EVs that rely on an on-board electrical generator. Their after market to [...]