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GUERRILLA SOLAR PROFILE: 0005

DATE: June, 1999

LOCATION: Somewhere in the USA

INSTALLER NAME: Classified

OWNER NAME: Classified

INTERTIED UTILITY: Classified

SYSTEM SIZE: 500 watts of photovoltaics.

PERCENT OF ANNUAL LOAD: 50%

TIME IN SERVICE: 1 year

NOTES: My system is based on a Trace SW2512 inverter, as you can see from the photo. I have eight Siemens PV

panels producing over 40 amps. My battery pack consists of eight Trojan L-16s. This is my base system--I plan to expand when needed.

Right now, I use solar to power my TVs, stereos, and computers, plus several lights, including exterior lighting. I've been living in my custom 5,400 square foot home for about a year now, and the system is great. Even with this large house, my power bill last month was only $28. Before I put the system in last year, my bill was about $60 a month.

I'm also using a Stargate home automation system. The Stargate uses X-10 technology, and sends its signal through the existing electrical wiring in the house. I need to have the inverter in sync with the sine wave from the grid to reach throughout the house. The inverter must be in sell mode to do this.

This automation system is also an energy saver. Lights and other loads never get left on unnecessarily. I'm working on a summer home up north and I'll set it up so I can control the heating automatically from down here.

I have a strong desire to be independent. I want to give back what I can in terms of energy. I built this custom home and I can control the various independent systems. I'd like to have one of your T-shirts to proudly say I'm a Solar Guerrilla.

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