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Free ride: When everyone else fuels up, Scott Williams plugs in

July 18, 2013

ESCANABA — While drivers around the country curse high gas prices as yet another fuel cost spike hits the nation, Scott Williams of Escanaba will be driving for free thanks to his new electric car....

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Sunny1

Jul-19-13 6:50 AM

Vauche, Winter tilt 60 deg. (from horiiz.) Summer tilt 30 deg. (from horiz.) If you have a fixed array set it for 45 deg.

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Sunny1

Jul-18-13 8:37 PM

Vauche, in answer to your question the panels produce quite well in the winter as long as you have them tilted enough to shed snow. The rule of thumb is 15 degrees plus or minus your latitude depending on the season, our latitude isyour approx. 45 degrees so the winter months the tilt would be 30 degrees. The days are shorter and the sun is lower on the horizion in the winter, so your production will be less but only for a couple of months you can go to pvwatts**** to see what your annual production would be.

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Vauche

Jul-18-13 5:25 PM

From a curiosity standpoint I have a question, how do those solar panels work in the winter when we get little sun? Do you lose some production of power?

Really curious. I like the idea of no electric bill more than an electric car, maybe because I live in the boonies and would burn the battery just getting to and from town. But powering the house is an interesting idea even if just partially.

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Sunny1

Jul-18-13 3:42 PM

If you read the article it tells you that I own 112 solar panels and 2 wind generators and have not had an electric bill in years, so yes all the eletricity I use is free! I generate more than I use.

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MikeDavis

Jul-18-13 10:51 AM

Just how in h.e.l.l can anyone think it's free? Who pays for the electricity? How much pollution is put into the air to charge his batteries? FREE??? Anyone with a modicum of common sense knows better. Oh yeah, you tree huggers don't have any of that!

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