The solar panels are official! The electric company had told us we could run them long enough to be sure they were working but they didn’t want them on full time til they came out and inspected everything and installed the new meter. We didn’t have to go with the full smart meter . . the one we got isn’t connected to anything through satellites or internet.
Not sure if you can see it, and this is the old meter, but it’s spinning backwards. There’s a little black marker thing that goes around every now and then and when you see it, you’ll be able to notice it’s going backwards. When the meter is turning backwards, we’re sending power back to the utility company. When it’s spinning forward, we’re getting power from them. It’s all pretty interesting.
The bad news is . . there’s the neatest website where I can sign into our account and watch real time what all the solar panels are doing. This was last night after dark, and shows that we produced 30.1 kW yesterday. The system was turned off til the inspector got here about 1:30 p.m. so that means we would have produced 50+ kW if the system had been running all day.
So, instead of getting anything done today, I’ll be watching this to see what’s going on out there. The new will wear off and I’ll forget about it but for now, I think it’s so interesting.