Halcyon Blue Skies And Solar Panel Musings

I don’t know how its been in your neck of the woods but the weather around here has been bloody awful of late. It’s either warmish, (a relative term given that we’re still in the midst of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere) and pouring with rain, (everything turns to mud) or freezing (quite literally) cold, with the wind blowing a hoolie, and clear-ish skies.

Today’s sky was full of gorgeous blueness from horizon to horizon with nary a puff of cloud to be seen, so out into the back yard we trotted to set up one end of our solar system to make sure all the shiny new bits and pieces connected to each other where they ought to be connected.

We’ll do a trial run of the whole system, with the inverter and batteries, etc, on the next (warmer) sunny day that might choose to grace these Western Shores.

To be thusly energy self-sufficient (and self-contained, along with our little back-up generator) is a large step forward on our Wunder-Lusters journey. We can’t (none of us can) afford to rely on any existing infrastructure to be available where and when we need it.

… 7.30pm. (5 hours later) …

… I’m now writing by lights connected to our system of loooong extension cords connected to our generator, because it’s freezing cold, the night sky’s as clear as a bell, gale-force winds are whistling through the eaves, which knocked out the electricity two hours ago – and counting …

… don’t’cha just love serendipity! …

… no internet wi-fi or cellphone hotspots either. The wind must’ve taken out the cellphone tower …

I don’t mind being disconnected from the world, but I’d like it to be on my terms, thank you very much.

8.30pm:

Perhaps I ought to think about sacrificing a virgin, with appropriate lustrations, to the ethers …

… couldn’t find enough virgins, or lustrations …

9.30pm:

Eureka! Lo, and Behold, Light hath returned!

Now, where was I?

(** goes forth to take care of all the things that have been put on hold for the last four hours**)

… Right, I’m back … but it’s still too damn cold. (one tiny space heater does not a whole house heat) It’s hot water-bottles for me, and a nightcap, (tea, of course, what did you think I meant, hmm?) in bed.

My cuppa and I, wish you all goodnight.

38 comments on “Halcyon Blue Skies And Solar Panel Musings

  1. Stay warm, Widders and Mrs Widds

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  2. We’ve considered solar and just haven’t gotten off our duffs yet. There’s something to be said for self-sufficiency these days. We’re cold here too in Oregon and hoping it doesn’t last long. Stay warm.

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  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    The wind’s been wild here too. The village shop lost power and just when they’d finally emptied out the ice cream freezer so they could move it to someplace with power (this involved taking everything off two adjoining shelves, then taking out the shelves themselves–don’t ask) the power came back on and they hat to put it all back.

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    • Widdershins says:

      And probably have to do it all over again in a few days. I try not to despair that so many people don’t have something in place for these softs of events. They’re certainly not going to get any less frequent, that’s for sure.

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  4. quiall says:

    Oh yes the capriciousness of the Canadian weather. If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes and it will change. Ha ha ha. In the past week we have had -24 Celsius, rain, sun, snow, freezing rain and today is expected to be +8 or nine or 10? Like I said, wait 15 minutes…

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  5. Freezing winds here too. “Fraser outflow,” it’s called, so I guess we can blame you folks. Haha! πŸ˜‰

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  6. todays date is 2022,02/22 and you hooked up 2 panels. So you should rejoice in the company of your loved one today at 2:22pm with a toast to life!

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  7. Good luck with the panels – we had solar for many years at our house in New Jersey – best investment we ever made. I felt zero guilt using AC in the hot muggy SUNNY summers.

    Ours wasn’t free-standing, because we fed our excess to the grid, so it had to be off when the grid was off, so it wasn’t as useful as yours may be. OTOH, we did get that income because we always produced more than we used.

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  8. bone&silver says:

    I love my solar panels and battery storage on my house- yes, I run the aircon guilt-free during the hot humid days- we are all SO dependent on the grid, it scares me. I’m glad you’re getting so organised πŸ™‚ Stay warm, G

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  9. catdownunder says:

    Attempting to push some of our heat your way!

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  10. Ian Hutson says:

    I love my solar panels. πŸ™‚

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  11. Do you realise your potential role as a pioneer for all of us as power becomes like gold over the next 10 years? You and your partner as the Clark and Lewis of the new energy paradigm.

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  12. That’s a clever alternate to a generator. Cheaper and cleaner. I wonder if we’ll ever have solar operated vehicles. Probably cost a lot so money can be made. I read couple posts back that you and the Missus have begun prepping for your adventure, wooo woooo! The Arctic Circle, yay! Congratulations for your new book! You go!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I guess if someone had solar power to their house and they charged their electric car with it, then that’s a solar-powered car! πŸ˜€
      Thanks for the book congrats. I’m rather chuffed with it. πŸ˜€ … book 2 is in the works. πŸ˜€

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  13. acflory says:

    -giggles- the gods of chance are smiling on you, Widds! I’d take this as a very good sign indeed. The Wanderlusters are going to be warm and comfortable wherever they toddle off to. Now tell me how you intend connect to the internet, because of course you can’t live without us, right? -cheese eating grin-

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  14. […] Mrs Widds … remember that video I did a little while back where we tested our solar panels? … and we had a power outage immediately […]

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