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  1. We have seen a big increase this year in the number of people reporting issues from very low voltage (measured well below the CFE stated tolerances / range), to brownouts / blackouts, and intermittent outages both short and longer. The key factors seem to be the growth in the area that increases overall demand, combined with a local grid capacity that was IMHO marginal at best the past few years, along with increasing use & consumption including as mentioned, more homes overall, more homes with AC use, and more pools (thus more pool pumps and some pools using electric heat pumps to heat pools). Solar electric helps a lot during the day as it is putting energy back into the local area which lessens or eliminates daytime demand in the home that is producing it, plus the excess goes to assist the local grid, thus actually reducing load on the nearby transformers and lines. More users are interested in or installing backup systems than ever before, as well, this can also help at night in two ways: 1 - if CFE goes down, the home still has power 2 - a user could choose to even feed from their stored energy at night, lessening the load on the grid as well. Hopefully CFE has plans to upgrade the local grid to keep up with the growth. After all, they are the "empresa de clase mundial". Si? 😉
  2. The organizers asked if this could be "bumped" as it is today and tomorrow in the Ajijic Plaza. 🌏
  3. The organizers also have the program agenda in Spanish:
  4. Feel free to PM or email, STI has been providing and installing (with trained local installers) at lakeside for 16 years. Full line in all types and sizes available with great pricing, installation, service and support.
  5. Our factory trained techs are aces at both new installs and existing unit services. Feel free to PM or email with your contact info.
  6. I'd like to respectfully suggest you just stop any name calling, and stop screaming "Fake News" as well to things you disagree with. You're more than capable of writing well reasoned responses, you've proven that, keep that going.
  7. Have you talked with the local store about it and had them check them, and also, how long has it been? New progressives can take up to 2 weeks for the eyes & brain to adjust to them, and often can feel like they are not made correctly until then.
  8. For stronger boxes, use the global standard....go to the liquor store!
  9. Yep - Febrero loco, y Marzo otro poco. Give it a few weeks to settle down. Also, I note the "drone law" quoted by another poster mentioned "commercial" drone operators.....if the intent is for a hobby and not a paying business, may be OK to DIY it - check it.
  10. I think this was his most recent post, witty and on target as typical.
  11. FYI to the OP and all interested - 1 - Page 15 of the new Guad Reporter has this relevant / connected piece on Tony Burton's new book (below) 2 - we have info that there is going to be an Earth Day weekend event featuring a wide range of environmental groups & sustainable living and practices info, wide range, from indigenous, Mexican, and expats, to be held in the Ajijic Plaza. More info to come.
  12. You just need to consider the DC run length, not the AC, and the 10 gauge should be fine, as you can see, it covers 30 A (you need 25 max) to 10 feet as critical and 30 feet as non critical. And I do agree with the other posters.....if the 12 V plug in the vehicle will handle a 300 watt inverter, just plug it in there and job done more easily that way, though I don't think most are rated to that amount of power.
  13. Seems way oversized for the inverter spec, check this link, 10 gauge may be more than sufficient for a 12 V feed to a 300 watt inverter, and the run length in a vehicle is of no real consequence, it is pretty short: Part 1: Choosing the Correct Wire Size for a DC Circuit - Blue Sea Systems
  14. The 250 watt 60 cell panels in your system are approx 1 x 1.65 m each in size.
  15. There is another option to consider if keeping both CFE services is the higher priority. An inverter-charger system can offer the capability to power the house from solar or grid, give auto backup from batteries when needed, and not export to the grid. Think of it as using an offgrid system, but in a home that also has the grid connection.....or like having a hybrid inverter, without the export to grid capability. Most users who have a grid connection do like to take advantage of exporting the excess power and getting credits for it, however each user has different priorities.
  16. Have not yet found Bosch techs at lakeside.....so.....depending on the age of the unit, best options are: 1 - Servicio Técnico (bosch-climate.mx) (warning: pricey for a service visit to lakeside from Guad, = labour + mileage + parts.....but maybe worth it) or 2 - get one of these, instead: Modelo 3512 | 3516 Calentador Instantáneo (kruger.com.mx) kruger.com.mx/mod-3516.html they are well priced, work great, and are also OK with accepting solar hot water as the input if you have it or plan to get it. Many on-demand units are not set up for that.
  17. CFE Chapala is pretty much requiring this for any single legal address anyway.....they no longer allow a "solar meter" account and a regular meter to continue side by side.
  18. Also 550 watt mono panels have been available and installed for a number of months, now, with 595 and 600 watt panels just in the process of arriving. 🙂 "Bigger isn't necessarily better"....but for micro-inverter based systems, it does mean that now a 4 panel system can be installed with a single micro and cover well over the DAC level of CFE consumption. So very cost effective and simple way to go for small to medium households.
  19. The Soluna shown in the image is Li-NCM, all the others we supply are LiFePo4 from car battery size (12 V 100 AH) to 5 and 10 kWh rack mounted or "powerwall" format units. Here's a link for a bit more info for those interested: NCM Battery VS LFP Battery? This is the most comprehensive interpretation! - SmartPropel Lithium Battery
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