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REMEMBERING LARRY HAGMAN AND HIS LOVE FOR SOLAR POWER

Larry Hagman was a motivated, inspired and proud leader in the Green Energy space.  And we were honored when he entrusted Mobile Solar to outfit his Air-stream motor-coach with solar energy.

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Here are words from Hagman himself, which can be found on his website:

“Now, not everyone can put in the gonzo array I did; however, we can all learn from the mistakes of the past and make positive differences right now and for the future. Compact florescent light bulbs in our homes and businesses make a tremendous difference in the amount of energy we all use. Less energy used equals less pollution generated. Learning more about the foods we eat and the fuels we use to power our economy will lead to better health, economically and physically. You’ll love that feeling you get from driving an electric car. We have the power to make changes every day.The only things any of us truly have in this world are the decisions we make. Take some advice from me: live a life you love and love the life you live. Become knowledgeable about what changes you can make in your daily lives. Our time is short to make these changes, but I’m heartened by the increased interest these last few years have brought.”

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“SOLAR WORKS WELL IN WISCONSIN AND FLORIDA!”

“SOLAR WORKS WELL IN WISCONSIN AND FLORIDA!”

“CSI Sun. “Solar Works Well in Wisconsin and Florida – Highland, WI, Solar Store.” Solar Works Well in Wisconsin and Florida. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.”

“Many of our customers believe that Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels only work well where the sun is always shinning and the temperature is always blazing hot. Fortunately for us Mid-westerners, this is not the case. In fact, solar radiation works well for creating solar energy everywhere in the U.S. and even throughout Canada. While the solar radiation in the northern parts of the U.S. is only about 80 percent of what it is in the deserts in the Southwest, the cooler temperatures help make the production more efficient. Therefore, in the end, the actual energy produced is about the same.”

“If you still have some doubt, Germany – the producer of the most solar energy in the world, has about as much sunshine in the entire country as the state of Alaska!”

“This efficiency in Northern climates makes sense when you note that Solar Photovoltaic Systems operate through the absorption of the sunlight rather than the heat. Heat is actually a deterrent for capturing energy because all PV Solar Panels become less efficient in heat. The high temperatures lower the amount of power the system can produce. In fact, many Solar PV panels can produce 110 percent of the power they are rated to be able to produce in cold climates. This is how solar panels in Florida and Wisconsin make about the same amount of energy. While the Florida solar panels will see more sunlight, the heat will lessen the amount of output and in Wisconsin, the opposite will occur — less sunlight will result in more output due to the cooler atmosphere. This is how the solar panels on the Space Station operate efficiently, even in -250 degrees Fahrenheit.”

“In some areas of the country, the amount of solar energy produced may be limited by an abundance of cloudy days. The sun may also be lower in the sky for more of the year in some places. But even with these additional restrictions, a system connected to the grid will still help limit the utility expenses and the panels will still be worth the investment in the long run. Systems that move to change their position to gain the optimal angles to capture the most energy can also be used in these areas to further increase the amount of solar power collected.”

“The trend of only converting solar energy in states similar to California and Florida is decreasing as more and more customers learn about the benefits of solar energy even in cooler climates.”

“By the end of 2011, there were more Solar PV cells installed on commercial buildings in New Jersey than in the state of California.”

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“To optimize the amount of energy collected, Solar PV panels should be positioned on a section of the roof facing south. Another option is to install the panels on a pole  at a slant somewhere between 20 and 60 degrees. These pole mounted panels can also be used with a movable setup to track the sun’s position to collect the most energy possible.”

There are many options available, but our solar experts can help you decide the best configuration of the solar panels on your home or business for your needs. Don’t let cloudy days discourage you, Solar PV panels can pick up solar power from anywhere in the U.S. and free your home or business from the grasp of the electric company once and for all.”

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“HOW DOES WEATHER AFFECT MY SOLAR POWER PRODUCTION? “

Walton, Bill. “How does weather affect my solar power production?” NRG Home Solar. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2017. Originally posted by NRG Home Solar ~

Snowy mountains solar panel picture cited from:

“Are Solar Panels Usable in Snowy Climates?”. N.d. Accuweather.com. By Erin Cassidy. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.

“Contrary to popular belief, Mother Nature doesn’t play a huge role in solar production. Take a look below at how solar panels work in different weather scenarios.”

“Will solar panels produce energy when it’s cloudy?”

“Photovoltaic solar panels will produce energy on cloudy days and will produce significant energy through the clouds. Although it might seem counter-intuitive, consider that solar panels on a rooftop in foggy San Francisco produce nearly the same as the ones in nearby sunny Sacramento. Consider too that Germany leads the world in residential solar right now, and it is generally an overcast climate.”

“Will solar panels produce energy when it’s rainy?”

“As we just talked about, the cloudiness that comes from a rain shower doesn’t hinder solar production. Furthermore, think of rain as a free wash. Rain actually rinses away dirt that may have accumulated on the solar panels, which allows the solar panels to work more efficiently.”

“Will solar panels produce energy when it’s snowy?”

“Automatically, you may think that if snow covers the panels, you won’t generate energy. The snow’s life cycle on a solar panel is usually very short-lived. The panels’ dark surface will gather sun and actually help melt the snow, causing it to slide off the system’s glass surface.  In an effort to not scratch or damage the panels, it is recommended to not shovel the snow off of your roof.”

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Custom MS-375 Telecom Units

Providing power to Telecom and Data sites in the Los Angeles Area

The model MS-375 solar generator is the largest MS-Series unit manufactured by Mobile Solar, an Atascadero, CA based firm specializing in mobile off-grid, battery-based equipment.

Recently, Mobile Solar designed, engineered and manufactured two heavy duty versions of this behemoth model, and although these units were not sold into the residential market, they would easily power the average American home, and then some.

Boasting rated inverter outputs of 32kW, the units are capable of surging their 240Volt power to 64kW!  Each trailer-based system has a native solar array consisting of 16 x 285-watt mono-crystal photovoltaic modules, equating to 4.56kW DC.  However, each system was designed to accept up to 20kW DC from additional solar arrays, installed on mobile SA-24 platforms – also manufactured by Mobile Solar.  These rolling photovoltaic arrays, plus the 16 modules on the roof of MS-375, required five 80Amp MPPT charge controllers.

But perhaps the most impressive feature of these custom telecom solar power stations is the fact that this massive inverter and charge controller “tower of power” is supported by 80kWh battery banks.  That’s right 1,673 Amp-Hours at 48VDC at the 20-hour discharge rate.

What does that mean?  That means each battery weighed nearly 6,000-pounds.  A serious power generator indeed!

 

 

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