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How Many Solar Panels Will I Need ?
By GEORGIA ADOBE™
Providing your home is an energy efficient Georgia Adobe Home™ which is optimized for off grid or changes have been made to your existing structure and all conservation efforts possible have been taken, the following process of calculations is generally what we follow.
For the sake of economy, perhaps one of the most important steps in planning your Georgia Adobe™ solar project, is to determine just how many solar panels you will need, to actually generate the power your home requires daily.
The number of solar panels is only a partial factor in figuring this cost out, in order to use solar to power your home and the other parts after solar panels are in part :
2.) Racks to hold all the system including the panels,
3.) Power Controller,
5.) DC to AC power Inverter,
9.) And perhaps Permits, are some of the other required elements.
The initial calculation will require that you have knowledge [from either your previous 12 electric utility bills] or a Georgia Adobe™ Professional should perform an energy survey of you home. From the power usage that's displayed on the appliance name plate (and by calculating the equipment and appliance energy draws that will be operated daily in your home and the number of hours that this equipment will run, for exp. lights, refrigerator, etc) all can then totaled for the number of Kwh kilowatt hours you will need yearly.
The utility company serving your home, will have your monthly previous usage totals and you can request this for free from them, so do request a summary of your electricity usage for the last 12 months of the year, add this up ( giving you the total KWh monthly ) to arrive at a yearly total KWh .
With this number either calculated through an energy survey of your home by a Georgia Adobe™ Professional or a utility power bill report, you can then begin the calculations of the number of solar panels you need to buy.
Calculate your average electricity use per day in watts, by using your yearly electric totals.
Multiply that kWh amount, by a thousand to get your results in "watts".
For example, say that you used your electricity usage for each of the 12 months was just a lowly amount of 3,900 kWh for the year.
Divide this figure by 365 days in a year:
(3,900 / 365 ) = 10.69 kWh per day.
Multiply 10.69 by 1,000 to convert this into watts: 10.69 times 1,000 (watts in a kw) = 10,690 watts per day.
Find out the average number of hours of sunlight per day, that can fall upon the area, that you will put your new solar panels on, as this number of hours is important.
You will need to learn for your location how many average hours of sunshine you normally get, but if that location changes ( as will happen with campers & RV life ) then perhaps only half of the national US average, should be counted upon, as your general number of hours of solarization.
In many places in the SE USA, we can rely upon the sun being fully out here, an average of about 6 hours daily, and this is mostly between 9 AM and 6 PM, but research your area, as it can be less due to your spot on earth.
Divide the number of watts of power you figured, that you are using each day, by the average hours of sunlight your location receives per day. This will be the number of watts, you must produce per hour, if solar is your only source of electricity.
If in this example, you only got an average of three full hours (3) of sun light per day, then you will divide the daily requirement of 10,690 watts by the 3 hours of average sun light received each day, which means you need = 3,563 watts per hour, in total power production.
Divide the Total watts you need to produce per hour, by the wattage rating of the panels you want . Always round up and give yourself a 25% margin, for solar variations throughout the year 3,563 x .25% for solar variations = 8.9075 ( 8.91 ) extra needed totals 3,571.91 watts hour rounded up to 3,572 watts per hour of power production.
This calculated number, will indicate how many panels you will want to have in the sun daily. As that different solar panels, will have different watt ratings, you have choices to make, about which panels to purchase, that actually fit in the space you have, for solar panels to go on and within your budget.
For the example, if 300-watt panels were to be purchased, and you need 3,572 watts produced per hour of production, then by dividing 300 watt panels, into 3,572 watts gives you the answer
= 11.91 or 12 panels ( rounded up ) must be purchased, just to produce the power you will require daily.
Next, comes the calculations of the other parts of the power system.
For those interested in learning here are some Interesting Facts About Georgia Adobe Homes™ from an article I wrote a good while back.
A DIY home, built Off Grid from natural materials and then living a simpler life, that’s free from utility bills and the modern homes cost to build or maintain ?
If the above life is your desire, I can not stress enough that you consider what you will build, as that this the single most important element in you receiving, a successful and a possible off grid life or not !
I speak as the owner of a company that has both designed and built conventional and alternative materials and methods structures, of several kinds. What I have not built, I have spent great amounts of time (over 50+ years now) studying and researching the data.
As such, I can write from what I know and I have found that the Georgia Adobe™ Stylized structure, is the best methodology and most cost affordable home, available to the widest group of people on planet Earth ! I understand how wide that may sound, but for off grid, it is the basis for ease and success.
It's in the buildings very make up and design causing the structure to simply function as a piece of equipment would and the structure reacts in relation to the needs of the inhabitants providing everything necessary to live a comfortable life. Those necessaries can be characterized as being not only built from nearly Free Natural Materials and paid for the day you move in, but the structure provides :
Power and Gas
Disposal on site of all liquid effluents
What’s left to be desired, is minimal at best.
The Georgia Adobe Home™ requires vastly less energy to operate, than any conventional structure can, because of a combination of it being Earth sheltered and passively solar also with passive ventilation allowing one to change at will the buildings “Humi-temp” = humidity and temperature. Just these three elements are enough to wipe out 45% of the structures basic energy demands, right off the power bill ( as according to a DOE report, on how much a conventional home uses, of total energy yearly, just for HVAC) . Georgia Adobe’s™ structures can maintain 58 degrees inside year round as the low, due to the Earth's release of embodied energy and our structures capture energy from the sun in the structures walls and floors plus with our ventilation designs, ( as designed into the structure ) keeping humidity and excessive temperatures lowered and even potential radon naturally released out. Passive solar is then, by the resident’s easily adjusted to a high no more than 20 degrees under the outside high, and averages over 24 hours is normally around 71 degrees at about 42 inches off the floor as the IBC recommends.
Conventional structures can't even get close to these numbers, even with the best of so called “LEED Designs” ! Georgia Adobe™ Is Built Beyond LEED standards !
Just as it's in the design, for the Georgia Adobe structure to be built to heat and cool itself, it’s also designed to make its own water,( by capturing rainwater, storing then triple filtering it you get fresh water for all that buildings uses) options allow the building to help produce liquid and gas fuel for many of the household needs ( often including transportation needs and generator operations) ; thereby a Georgia Adobe™ can produce its own power from several sources including solar, wind, geothermal, generator driven by conventional and alternative fuels, including, but not limited to woodgas, methane, alcohol fueled, compost fueled and more ).
The Superstructure is not only built from up to 80% recycled and fully insulated natural and local materials (Rammed Earth for the thermal mass and energy storage), just to start with and add to this the embodied energy materials which can be used ( thus recycled and natural local and often free building products), plus it also recycles 2/3 the fresh water, into what's called greywater, thereby allowing less total demand upon any captured filtered rainwater and therefore the building can operate about anywhere people normally live, and on as little as 8 inches a year, of total rainfall, and still have a fully functioning home.
Add the ability of food production inside (and outside) the building, to all this and our DIY = do it yourself construction methodologies that even 10 year old kids can learn and mimic ( I did it myself back then ! ) allows much less skilled ( and expensive ) construction workers to produce superior results, with vastly less expense passed on to the DIYer , which is often reported by our clients as from 5% to 25% of conventional construction cost, when built as we design it, if the government is not in their way !
Perhaps one of the best features little known facts about a Georgia Adobe Home™ is that the outer face or front facade can be designed so as to blend into any neighborhood, thereby not attracting any undesirable publicity or “lookiloos” dropping by to see what's going on, because it can look like about every other homes façade, with openings on all sides being possible too.
There's so much more, but I will stop there and if you have any questions, look over our web site and by phone just contact me and "ASAP" ~ I will reply. When you are ready to build that new home, we are here ready to teach or build for you when possible, acting as your new friend, doing everything we can to be of service to your project !
Please note, we will not trade on your good name, fame or notoriety as we keep all client info ( yes including new clients information too ) as totally confidential, to protect both the innocent and the guilty alike.
No Matter Which Way You Go, Cheers To Your New Home And Your New Life Of Freedom To Come !
Georgia Adobe Homes™
Small scale off grid life is possible for those, with little money if they can build things themselves and stay quiet about it, and we get lots of request for "how to free information". Here's one subject that comes up in those request often:
A septic tank is a mystery to many people, as they are used to paying for city sewage and someone else likely, connected their earlier homes to the sewer or septic system, so they just didn't learn what made up the system at all.
Here's The Basics:
The waste water flows down hill at least at 1/4 in per 100 foot of fall and terminates into a tank in this case called "the septic tank". The local Health Department is normally in charge of licensing you to install the septic system, but if you are off grid, a license may not be in the cards, as you are perhaps hidden ?
Either way, the Health department wants to permit and inspect all septic systems and what I'm about to describe, likely won't be permitted and very likely is illegal in all 50 states, so I must say don't do it, without government approval !
Okay , with that out of the way, here's a general description of a septic system.
1.) It's a tank 750 gal 1000 gal +++, Perhaps even a barrel (55 gal or so)
2.) Water from some source comes in it, at about a minimum 1/4 fall per 100 foot of pipe length.
3.) That point is about 2 inches+/- below the top of the tank.
4.) On the other side of the tank is a open top Plumbing Tee ( with a short stick of pipe hanging down into the tank for water to enter it ) connected to a exit pipe ( for the water to flow out of the tank) , fixed at about 2 inches lower than the inlet pipe height.
That's an important feature as the water can then flow out into the ground ( without overflowing back into the waste delivery pipe) and the solids can then settle into the bottom of the tank.
5.) A solid lid across the tank keeps you from falling into the tank.
6.) A drain pipe is connected about 3 foot down below the surface, to a series of hole filled pipes ( Drain tile pipe ) or into chambers of some kind, ( Septic "drain chambers" can be bought too ) to allow the water to drain, from them into the ground naturally, perhaps with some gravel around that drain pipe, but not normally for the chamber system.
Now, if your really broke, the exit drainage trench, could be a couple of 55 gal. barrels cut long ways in half, with the ends removed from the middle sections to allow flows to go through them, all the way and only solid on the ends.
Item #6 above, would drain the water off the tank, into the first barrel half, ( perhaps) nearest to your actual receiver tank.
Iv'e even see old plastic drink bottles used, to fill a trench a foot or two high and mattress backing cloth or a fiberglass sheeting laid over that, to stop dirt from filling the spaces between the bottles, and with plastic then draped over that, making a general barrels shape of the system ( then 2-3 foot of dirt filled over it all ) , to allow water to pass through that trench gently into the ground, and that works best, if those bottles are empty and re-capped, but really anything that will not rot, and will let water pass freely through it would work, but bottles are generally free to use, after you drink the water or soda.
There is of course, a product called "the chamber system section" that one could buy, at the big box stores, that just snaps together in the ground, (and it looks like a half of a barrel down in your trench) of course with holes in it, to allow the waste water, to drain into the ground, without stopping up. I still like to cover that with mattress backing cloth or fiberglass sheeting to stop any dirt from ever falling to those holes, before covering it all up (just for safety's sake) .
Anyway you go about this, the water goes in, fills the tank and water seeps out into the ground through something ( providing it will allow such ) and the solids stay in the tank until someday, it will need to be cleaned out . Won't that be fun ?
Without further ado, here's a video of a tank being used as a septic tank, that you might like to watch, (not our video , just found it on youtube).
So, Enjoy & Happy Flushing and Don't forget to sign up for our next building Seminar ( 1 each month in 2020 ) at Commerce Georgia . See This Link to the University Of Georgia Adobe School Of Ecoitecture(TM) for details on the classes !
This is kind of neat !
A POSTING WE MADE ON A COMMUNITY BOARD ABOUT PORTABLE GREENHOUSES CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ON HOW OUR GEORGIA ADOBE HOMES CAN BE DESIGNED TO SERVE MANY INTEREST. THE DRAWING ABOVE GOES WITH THIS .
For passive solar Georgia Adobe Homes, our rule is to facing South for the greatest solar benefit. Here, (in the Northern Hemisphere facing also slightly East too, by 15 degrees or less helps ). as this allows the sun to rise into the structure, at the earliest time, and thereby heat the buildings insulated high thermal mass, inside all majority of the day long, during the Fall/Winter, as the sun passes along that Southern sunny side of our buildings and it is setting in the Southwest sky, if configured this way.
In the Spring/Summer by this same design & with our Northern hemisphere's sun, now much higher in the sky and moving more true East to West , if the passive solar building is configured with a proper roof, the inside is allowed some sunlight, but the roof will shade the interior and allow temperatures to be more moderate than full sun would allow.
The roofs mostly then are single angle designed, ( less expensive too ) with the front higher and the rain is guttered along the back wall easiest, with rainwater cisterns buried into the northern embankment holding this water for all uses at gravity flow speed without pumping. Were this design is applicable for just a growing area, it ha been very effectual too. I'll include a basic drawing to serve as an example.
DemocRat GA. REP. "Donzella James"
In Complete Repugnance To The US Constitution, Has Put Forth a new senate bill, amounting to TREASON against "We The People" , Become Adopted .
( THE GA FIREARMS AND WEAPONS ACT SB-281 )
Ends All Personal Possession of Semi Automatic Guns
Ends All Private Sales Of Arms,
Outlaws What She Called All High Capacity Magazines (over 10 rounds)
Ordering All The Above To Be Confiscated & Destroyed !
Reach Out And Tell Her Your Opinion Of Her Bill !
121-D State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office: (404) 463-1379
Fax: (404) 656-6579
In the new year of 2020 Georgia Adobe™ will offer 12 building seminars 1 each month, held at our Commerce, Georgia facility.
The days for the class are scheduled for are at READ MORE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK :
A Presidential Coup In America !
Today there are 6 hours of Pre-Impeachment Talking going on in the Congress and the DemocRats Impeachment of President Trump will happen, (with votes to be along party lines) completing 3 years of the DemocRats focus upon Impeaching President Trump.
Yesterday GA Rep. Doug Collins explained just why this all is happening.
Want to know the future ?
Then the Best 1:55 min. you can invest in, is watching this video !
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