Monday, May 8, 2017

5 Years On: Did the (Solar) Panels live up to its Expectations?

In the Spring of 2012, we went SOLAR. A few of my friends even questioned my judgement at that time; having a big bulky system  solar system over our roof and spending over $6000, when our bill was too small to start with; only about $68/month.

But being a big fan of clean renewable energy, I couldn't resist the temptation when SolarCity gave me deal (I paid $6321 for a 5.59 kw DC system  with no payment for next 20 years), a deal  which till date, I haven't found anyone getting better or even closer .

On completing a one year mark I shared my experience with a detailed blog here, if you want to get into the numbers and maths.

So, on this 5 year mark, last month, I wanted to provide to provide few more update, on top of my earlier one.



  • First, the production. Below is our solar generation graph: 
  • That is, we are producing about 7000 KWH, annually. This is better than expected.

  • Our net effective energy rate from Pepco is 14 cents/KWH (detailed in my earlier blog). Meaning, in last 5 years, We have recouped about $4900 (or 78%) of my investment already.

  • As the rate of electricity generation hasn't' deteriorated a bit over years, I should recoup my full investment, at current rate in in next year and half, ie in 6.5 years.  Since we signed a 20 year prepaid lease with solar city, that would mean, for the next 13.5 years, the panel and its energy would be FREE for me.

  • Our Electricity bill hasn't' vanished, as written in my previous blog, since we designed the system for 600 KWH/month  but do consume almost double of that energy (I started driving an electric car, after my solar panels). The extra energy has to come from somewhere.


Would I do it again: of course YES. Rather next time, I would buy a much bigger system, keeping my future need in mind , not just thinking of my past need, as I did last time around.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Give back: A few HOW-TO videos

ThumbnailDescriptionUpload DateLength (min)
Autos & Vehicles


Toyota Highlander 2010 Major upgrade Part 1: Rear view camera install & wiring HDDec 29, 2016 1:17 PM16:37
Toyota Highlander 2010 Major Upgrade Part 3: Proximity Sensor Install HDDec 29, 2016 3:23 PM5:56

Toyota Highlander 2010 Window Glass not raising properly, motor check and Regular Replacement HDDec 28, 2016 1:27 PM13:40
Saturn EGR valve change/cleanup 1996SL2Apr 25, 2012 11:33 AM0:48
Saturn EGR valve change/cleanup 1996SL2 part 2Apr 25, 2012 12:02 PM3:36
Saturn EGR valve change/cleanup 1996SL2 part 3Apr 25, 2012 11:50 AM2:17
Saturn EGR valve change/cleanup 1996SL2 part 4Apr 25, 2012 11:41 AM2:07
Electronics
iphone 6.0 GPS/Maps issue and Fix (Wifi Antenna Flex Cable replacement)
Feb 14, 2017 3:41 PM5:16
Dell Inspiron 11 laptop 3162 review and RAM Hard Drive upgrade attempt HDNov 19, 2016 3:41 PM9:00
Acer Aspire E15 E5 575 521F RAM/Memory upgrade (E5-574-53QS) HDAug 4, 2016 12:39 PM3:34
iphone 5 battery replacement HDFeb 10, 2016 10:14 PM5:09
Asus 11.6" touchscreen Q202 vivabook laptop openingDec 31, 2012 5:54 PM2:23
Asus 11.6" touchscreen Q202 vivabook laptop opening (part 2)Dec 31, 2012 5:44 PM0:38
Around the House
Carpet to Hardwood floor installation on stairsNov 11, 2016 6:09 PM6:38
Frigidaire Gallery Heavy Duty Dryer: Runs but no heat (Model #: 417.49012890)Nov 10, 2016 4:20 PM6:32
Sanding and Nose trimming on stairs for adding Hardwood flooring HDMar 15, 2016 1:01 PM1:58
carpet and padding removal on stairs for adding Hardwood flooring HDMar 15, 2016 1:00 PM2:36
Training/Certification

cissp application security class part 1
cissp application security class part 2May 26, 2010 6:35 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 3May 26, 2010 7:10 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 4May 26, 2010 7:39 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 5May 26, 2010 8:07 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 6May 26, 2010 8:36 PM9:31

cissp application security class part 7May 26, 2010 9:05 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 8May 26, 2010 9:34 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 9May 26, 2010 10:04 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 10May 26, 2010 10:31 PM9:31
cissp application security class part 11May 26, 2010 11:01 PM9:31
Social
Bihar Flood in 2008Jun 11, 2012 4:44 PM3:57
AID India Ad to help Bihar Flood VictimJun 11, 2012 4:44 PM1:41

Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Recent Read and Recommendations

Cover Page
Title
Author
Genre
ISIS: A History
Fawaz A. Gerges
History, GeoPolitics
Hillbilly Elegy
JD Vance
Civil
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder
Finance, GeoPolitics
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
History, Anthropology
Being Mortal
Atul Gawande
Health, Medicine, Elderly Care
The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
David E. Hoffman
Health, Medicine, Elderly Care
The Wright Brothers
David McCullough
Health, Medicine, Elderly Care




In Defense of a Liberal Education
Fareed Zakaria
Education, History, Arts
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
Peter Zeihan
Geopolitics
The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos
John Brockman
Science
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Walter Isaacson
Technology, History, Science

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
Economy, Geography
World Order
Henry Kissinger
Geopolitics, History
Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East
Shadi Hamid
History, Politics, Geography
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
Andrew J. Bacevich
Politics
Hard Choices
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Biography
Think Like a Freak
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Everday life
Behind the Cloud
Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler
Technology
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Michael Lewis
Economy, Commerce
The Second Machine Age
Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
Technology
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Robert M. Gates
Biography
Double Down: Game Change 2012
Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
Biography, Election, Politics
Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House
Peter Baker
Biography,Politics
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!
Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
Personality Development
The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America
Ernest Freeberg
Hisotry, Science and Technology
The Idea of America
Gordon S Wood
History
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
Technology
Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround
Louis V. Gerstner
Technology
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson
Finance, Economy
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't
Nate Silver
Data Science, statistics
Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father - and How We Can Fix It
David Goldhill
Healthcare
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Jon Gertner
History, Science and Technology
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
History
Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
Ruchir Sharma
Economy, Politics
Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Sebastian Seung
Health Science
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Andrew Blum
Technology
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Makers
Chris Anderson
Enterpreneurship, Technology
The Post-American World (Release 2.0)
Fareed Zakaria
GeoPolitics, Economy
Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
Matthew Syed
Arts, psersonal development
Superpower?: The Amazing Race Between China's Hare and India's Tortoise
Raghav Bahl
World Economy, Commerce, History
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande
Health Care, Medical Science