Video #7 from the Top 10 Questions From Customers Considering or Implementing Power4Patriots
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Allen: Okay, let’s move on to lucky number 7. And actually this is another, definitely a very popular question from folks consideringPower4Patriots or, now, how to implement it. The question is, I have a lot of shade on my property or not a lot of wind. Will Power4Patriots work for me? Will the system work?
Kriss: It will work, it will not just work as well. And the thing you have to keep in mind with any kind of energy discussion is you have to, before you can take energy out of it, you have to put energy into it. The more energy you put into it, the more energy you can take out. So if you are only getting an hour of sun on the system to power your entire home, you would need a really large system, or to power anything you just need that much more solar power so that you can store in that one hour you are getting of sunshine. So the best thing to do is to really find a nice sunny area. You want south facing, you want it to be unshaded as much as possible, the more effort you put into getting a nice sunny area, the more you are going to get out of this.
Kriss: And on the wind, there are a lot of places that are not just not great for it. But there a lot of places that are great for this, especially post lines, lakes and people who are sort of a little further up and the higher you go the more wind there is.
Kriss: So if you can mount your wind generator high, you are going to get more wind. So there are ways around these things but the more you put in, the more you get out. So I would suggest really trying to find the sunniest place on your property. You don’t, a lot of people think, well I don’t, my roof won’t work, so solar won’t work. Well there’s a million other ways, now you’ve got other places to mount, you have pole mounts, ground mounts, you can build, you can put it on a shed. There’s a million ways to gather sunlight that’s not, it’s not only involved in the roof.
Allen: Yes, that’s a great point Kriss because I think your solar system, isn’t it on an external shed not attached to the house?
Kriss: Yes. And in fact it’s, that’s preferable on a lot of ways, the wind generator can be, if we get a really big windstorm, can be a little noisy. It can have a little vibrations out so we purposely mounted it away from the house and where we can get better wind speed or windy storms and you just wire it and conduit and layed in conduit to the power shed. And the power shed because of the way it’s. You will see some pictures which have got some videos and the way you get to see that is my system. We can actually adjust the angle of our solar panels.
Kriss: You can’t really do that on the roof top. So there’s a lot of advantages of having it away from that.
Allen: Okay great. Excellent.
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