Ken Mixon's posts

Posted by Ken Mixon on Aug 11, 2011 12:23 am

#1 -  Renewable Energy > For Sale > Re: 80 gallon solar hot water tank &other stuff for sale.
Do yourself a HUGE favor and go with OUTBACK, My experience with MidNite (fly by Nite) has been frustrating and expensive
My Classic failed in a day and with no real customer support from a fledgling, floundering tiny company I was forced to replace my brand new Classic 200(brick)with a dependable Outback FlexMax 80. I could not really afford a second very costly Charge Controller but was left with no choice. If you are selling things to buy a controller PLEASE go with a proven design and avoid the STUPID bells and whistles that lured me into the financial abyss!

Posted by Ken Mixon on Oct 23, 2007 04:05 am

#2 -  Renewable Energy > Technical Discussion: Other > Re: Snow & Ice Buildup On Solar Panels
Mike, I was thinking of the same thing for my satellite antennas, my solar panels might benefit also

BUT WD40 is NOT silicone based and due to its extremely volitle vehicle (the solvent. I will no longer keep it in my inventory. This stuff will pretty much instantly destroy the finish on most petroleum based proucts (Plastics) It is a water displacing penetrant designed for Naval vessels. Read it carefully and it warns of ignition sources, in the past I used it for starting fluid!

Silicone based products SAY silicone on them, that would be my first choice for my satellite antennas and posibly automotive wax like a carnuba product.

In considering the solar panels sensitivity to dirt I would try  Rain-X because of its clarity on car windshields It probably will not have a negative effect on the panels ability to produce power and be less likely to attract dirt as a liquid product might.

Just some things to consider, hopefully other have had some success stories as I am just getting my feet wet in this field.   

Posted by Ken Mixon on Oct 13, 2007 12:27 pm

#3 -  AltE > Discussion > Re: Solar panels and New Roof
Don't overlook unisolars Unisolar PVL-136T 136W, 24V Thinfilm Rooflaminate, If you consider a standing seam roof. The only limitation is a 3/12 roof pitch.
These are still cost effective panels and you would have a fifty year roof.

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