factory is now Solar powered
18 x 230
Watt (4,140 W) solar panels with 18 micro-inverters (Click for a bigger
This view from overhead provided by Google Maps
panel array makes enough power to meet all my electrical needs
during a sunny the day.
It is tied directly to the grid and any excess power produced is
sold to KPUB,
my local electricity provider.
In it's first full day of operation (August 31, 2011), it
produced 22 KWH!
It is on a fixed, pole-top, mount and is currently set at a
fixed 45 degree angle and facing due South.
This tilt angle provides the most consistent power output
throughout the year.
has provided a website
to show in near real time what the output is for this system.
The panel array was engineered and installed by Solar
Community of Austin, TX.
The solar panels are made by Sunpower of San
The micro-inverter are made by Enphase of Pentaluma, CA
and the support frame is made by DPW of Albuquerque, NM
Here is a Flickr photo
album of the 2 day installation