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  • Shout out to all the Cali Members

    Howdy All,

    I saw on the TV the fires going on in California and just wanted to do a shout out to all our Cali members, hope you and yours are all safe and well, best regards from the SPT community.
    Last edited by solar pete; 07-31-2018, 06:51 PM.

  • #2
    Thank you for the kind words. Nothing new here. I can easily see the smoke from Idlewild on the other side of Mt. Palomar that topped out at ~ 50 - 60,000 feet as well as and the smaller fires in Fallbrook & environs. Feel sorry for the poor bastards up near Reading w/12,000 structures threatened. Even after the fires are out, the mudslide legacy next winter can be as bad.

    I'll still take it over winters in upstate NY that make for a 6 month war/bunker mentality once a year.

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    • #3
      Thanks for asking, here in Mendocino County, about 30mi east of the Mendocino Complex fires, they are downwind from me, just getting general haze and smoke.
      today, i've started the electrolyte change out of my NiFe bank, and will be posting more about it. Lots of work, but am running a eu2000 via auto-transformer into the XW to keep things alive, using a sacrificial battery bank of 4 group 27 deep cycle batts, (hence needing a gennie to float them overnight .20180729_175228.png

      View from by back porch. 3 weeks ago, a 13 acre fire started up about 1 mile west of me, normally the wind is from the west, but that day it was from the east
      and kept it out of my yard. Lucky so far. here's that view to the west

      20180714_103443.png

      And our state bird overhead that day:

      20180714_105249c.png

      Water dropper chopper ! Can't see the bucket, it's pointing right at the lens (the black dot)
      Powerfab top of pole PV mount (2) | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
      || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
      || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

      solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
      gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister

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      • #4
        Down here in the Sacramento valley and all of the foothills, everything looks like the pic below. About 3-10 miles visibility, but everywhere smells like sitting in the downwind chair at a campfire. This was today in the Sierra foothills, hundreds of miles from the fires.

        colfax smoke.jpg

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        • #5
          Fri morning I noticed a haze, which was later identified as left coast smoke blown here in IL. Bruce Roe

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          • #6
            The fire here is huge, and we had one smokey day, visibility was less than a mile. But our onshore breeze from the west has returned, cleared the air, and dispersed it around the country.

            Major cause of the mega fires is years of small fire suppression, resulting in huge fuel loads building up over the last 60 years. The First People regularly burned the grasslands, and natural lightning strike fires evolved a stable environment. But now the huge brush load burns fierce enough to consume redwood's insulating bark that has withstood small fires for thousands of years, oak canopies are consumed by the brush fire, and whole ecosystems are ravaged, ironically, by Smokey the Bear and his clan.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flammagenitus_(cloud) 40 miles east of me.

            20180804_161756.png
            Powerfab top of pole PV mount (2) | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
            || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
            || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

            solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
            gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister

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            • #7
              Besides the danger to people and wildlife my concern is the reduce production from solar due to the amount of smoke in the air. Lets hope you get wet and windy days in the near future.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SunEagle View Post
                Besides the danger to people and wildlife my concern is the reduce production from solar due to the amount of smoke in the air. Lets hope you get wet and windy days in the near future.
                Anecdotally, there was a 700+ acre fire burning about 20 miles from me and upwind 2 days ago, and until the wind shifted, the immediate effect was noticeable on my graphical output. Not severe, but maybe a 5 % reduction or so.

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