… or a wrecker!
A few days ago, I was on the city bus, headed for Walmart (where else?) and I was talking to this Air Force guy who was complaining because his power bill was so high.
And, like an idiot, I said; “Well… you could just put a PV on your roof to knock down your power bill.”
And he looked at me real funny, and said (I kid you not!);
“Um… putting my ‘personal vehicle’ thru the roof isn’t going to save me any money on my electric bill.”
I’d forgotten that the Air Force has an acronym for everything…
Okay, so after I about had a hernia trying to keep from laughing, I explained to him that a PV wasn’t a “personal vehicle,” it was a Photovoltaic Panel.
After that, we spent the next 20 minutes or so, plotting and scheming, trying to figure out how to lower his utility bills so that he could save enough money to go home, next Easter. He’s stationed here at Keesler AFB, attending some school or another…
And while we were talking about it, it somehow got the attention of everyone else on the bus, and it turned into one big “alternative energy argument.” I thought for a while there that the bus driver was going to pull over, and order us all off.
It never occurred to me that photovoltaic electricity generation is so wildly misunderstood.
And it made me think…. and as we ALL know… that’s never good. 🙂
As many of you know, my family is trying to build an ISBU (Shipping Container) home in South Mississippi. That’s hardly newsworthy. A hurricane ate the old house, and after months that turned into years battling the insurance company (that claims it’s “too poor to pay the claim”), we’ve been forced to figure out another way to find shelter.
So, that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going to build a house out of industrial shipping containers (ISBU’s) and old aircraft hangar components. I’ve been writing about this for months now, so you’re probably pretty familiar with the “who, what, and why” part of this program.
If not, well… we’ll wait right here, while you lose yourself in the archives, finding out how we came to this decision, and how we thought that we’d solved our problem.
We’ll wait right here…
We’re still waiting… right here.
Waiting… waiting… er… um… right here.
You know what? I’m sick and tired of waiting. If I wait any longer, I’m gonna forget what I was writing about today, and it will be lost forever. You’ll just have to catch up, later. Got it?
Senility is a terrible disease… LOL!
One of the things we’re striving for is the elimination of every bill possible, so that the actual overhead of the house is reduced. Now, I could start a big ole’ pyramid scam (like that Madoff guy who just got caught bilking $50 Billion dollars out of widows and orphans), but…
… my wife would kill me.
I could find a rich girlfriend… but again…
… my wife would kill me.
I could sell my son Joshua, to the highest bidder on Ebay… but frankly folks, you haven’t got enough money…
… and my wife would kill me.
So, it looks like I’ll have to do it the old fashioned way. I’ll just build a barbed wire fence and install claymores and gun turrets… and shoot any bill collectors that dare step foot on the property.
And then, the State of Mississippi will kill me…
Man, this is getting pretty frustrating…
I suppose, in order to avoid a path that leads to certain death, I’ll just put up solar panels and a PV or two… At least that way, I’ll have hot water to scald myself with and…
… only the sun will kill me…
… and skin cancer isn’t something that will kill me in a “New York Minute,” so I’ll have a chance to see my son grow up…
… and watch him probably kill me… LOL!
Oy freakin’ Vey! Is it any wonder I’m paranoid? 🙂
I’ve written before about photovoltaic systems. And after I did, I realized that it’s a topic that is harder to explain… than explaining how to build a nuclear reactor out of old grapefruit husks.
“Photo voltaic cells convert solar light photons into electricity. Photovoltaic solar cells fulfill two functions: photogeneration of charge carriers (electrons and holes) in a light-absorbing material, and separation of the charge carriers to a conductive contact that will transmit the electricity.
Solar cells are commonly used in remote locations where cost-effective access to local power grids are not possible… Blah-blah-blah…”
Confused yet? Me too.
Pass the Tylenol, huh? 🙂
So, like anybody (who is patently lazy and basically illiterate) who really wants you to understand my pain… um… er… dilemma, I’ve gone to that universal resting place of all knowledge everywhere… (I bet you’re gonna say “Google,” right? Nope.) YouTube.
Here, people who actually seem to know what they are talking about, explain photovoltaics in a clear, simple, easy to understand manner, that allows even a simpleton like me to figure out how to duplicate their efforts, and get power from the sun, for just a few bucks.
So, without further adieu, I give you; “Photovoltaics One.”
I personally call this one; “I’m a big ole’ geek, but I’m a GREEN geek, dag-nab-it!”
Okay, you all know what’s going on with my family, so I’m not going to beat you up with that…
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