Oh gork! Here I am writing at 6th grade level, far too concise for Kincaid's level-o-meter.
I've been busy, mostly work related stuff, but the good news is the Generac folks are going to honor their warranty after all. They removed the engine run-time meter in their new generators, and indeed when this thing broke, the first thing they claimed was it was overused. It helped that my inverters have a built in datalogger that records on a minute by minute basis not only the running time of the generator, but the power draw too. With a detailed operations log and a strong hint where my next steps could lead, they came to their corporate senses. Well, we'll see how it goes.
Leading an alternative lifestyle is not easy, especially when insurance companies, banks, and even this nutty U.S. government have gone hyper conservative. Insurance companies are dropping anything that is the least bit off the mean, not because it is an actual problem but because they want no-hassle reinsurance preferred policies. Banks can't deal with someone off the grid because, good heavens! They might be dope growers. Why, those off-gridders are not metered and that means the DEA can't determine their power usage. That could make it difficult to sell their property or worse, it might make it a little difficult to sell that mortgage paper.
A passive solar house on independent power with half a year's supply of rain catchment water and a hot tub is a bad thing. It's not consuming enough. It's, it's downright unamerican.
Actually, PG&E, the private power company, tried to do just that in California. They paid off enough legislators to float a bill that would 'tax' people who have photovoltaic systems for the amount of power their systems *could* produce. This in effect would have utterly killed solar power in California making it impossible for anyone to be free of the utilities. Now understand that PV usage in California, which is probably the highest in the United States, represents less than 1/10th of one percent of the total power generated in and for that state.
It took the concerted effort of the solar industry and PV owners to get that bit of corruption set aside.
I'd heard that... I'm glad to hear it didn't get through. I must look into how difficult it would be to put some solar on the roof here; my gas bills for heating are getting high and it would be nice to be part of the solution
It says I write at 7th grade level, which I suppose is what I get for being a tech writer. Most novels are written to grade 5, and I really want to get fiction published. Damn those big words.
I'm still a big fan of off-grid myself. If I ever get to a position to do it, I'd love some big solar panels.