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  1. To build on that.... 1 - unlike Texas, Mexico residential rates go UP with amount of use. So higher users are encouraged to conserve, not waste, be energy efficient, and / or produce their own power. And 1 national energy utility and regulator......not hundreds. 2 - Not to rub it in....but lakeside has an even BETTER climate than Texas......! 😉
  2. About 6 pesos per, incl IVA, Pete. So at the DAC level of 500 or over, 3000 pesos + per 2 months.
  3. Agree, I like sunflowers too! (who'da thunk)? Nodding, waving in the breeze....or in this case, "chasing the sun" (like the song) all day. 🙂
  4. Here's the community water pumping solar system / aljibe and "patio" covering at Laguna Vista. 6.4 kW size system producing about 32 kWh per day, on a year round average basis. It's nice when solar can be integrated into coverings of carports, patios, pool decks, miradors, and balconies, both for space and aesthetics. I think we'll see much more of that going forward, including in solar carports with an integrated vehicle charging station, either grid-tied or self-contained with energy storage.
  5. Neat system, they've been showing this for quite awhile now. Not cheap.....and a bit complex.....my personal view is: 1 - better without the motors, controls, trackers, etc and expense thereof 2 - this would get abused on the ground..... and who'd want it on their roof....??? 3 - solar buildings with PV technology integrated right into the walls and windows (and roof) should be awesome...."invisible" and with a "solar building" wrap, many would produce enough to be net zero or better, too. Tesla STILL isn't there yet with his solar shingles, the concepts look good but while he can put satellites and global internet access in space, he apparently can't do a mass solar shingle roof yet. "Sigh"...... 🙂 However, we can now get a 2 kW system, today, at lakeside, from 4 panels and 1 micro-inverter, to produce about 10 kWh per day, and pay back in under 3 years for those on the DAC rate. So, ...there's that! 😉
  6. The New Normal vs The Old Normal..... Old Normal: Using fake ID's to get into bars and liquor stores..... New Normal: (1) Florida women disguised themselves as ‘grannies’ to get COVID-19 vaccine - National | Globalnews.ca
  7. Further to this, are portable / box size "solar generators" that can charge from either AC or panels, on a plug-in basis, and then you can choose what to plug into them during an outage. Plus take them camping, etc. There's a range of them size and quality wise, and we are strongly considering several models to have available at very good pricing in the near future.
  8. This can now be done in a basic way as you suggest Rick, for not much more than a grid tied "regular" solar system. There are both hybrid inverters and also even simpler, inverter-chargers that can work to charge batteries from either AC or the panels, then use the battery power through the inverter when needed to feed the whole house loads. Sizing and type of the inverter unit, in terms of wattage, in terms of 120 or 220 V, and whether it feeds the grid or not are all factors in cost. Then on the battery side, whether one chooses AGM (sealed lead acid) or li-ion, and how much capacity. AGM are fine for occasional backup needs, and less $$ upfront. However, the deep depth of discharge and very long lifespan of li-ion actually make them equal or less costly in the long run and a pleasure to own and use.
  9. Thx Ferret. Blizzzz is in touch and we'll try to help them in the best way. One other very important mention / issue for anyone else reading here, that comes up in MX especially with Hybrid systems exporting to the grid, is what type of local CFE transformer is being used. If the phases being used are not the same as the inverter was set up for (and most 220 v / 2 line inverters are done to US / C standards whereas MX sometimes uses any 2 hot legs of a 3 phase transformer.......) then export can be a challenge (ie: impossible) until that is resolved. It can mean needing a small phase change transformer next to the inverter. Not a huge cost and has resolved this in several situations we've run into.
  10. Need more info on your setup - which Outback inverter, for example? Radian? They are excellent, we have installed them at lakeside for those who want hybrid systems with backup energy storage, but are a bit complex and have different modes including a Grid Zero mode where they do not export. So your CFE consumption is (may be) being reduced..... however you are not sending the excess energy to the grid if this is the case. We have qualified staff and partners in your area who can assist if you wish. PM or email.
  11. Hi Rick, there really isn't an "average" per se.....the systems can go from keeping basics going for 2 to 4 hours, to essentially unlimited per the photo here, since the hybrid systems function fully as an offgrid as well as grid-tied. So with enough storage to last the night, the solar and batteries work the next day to power the house and also recharge again. Hope that helps, feel free to PM or email.
  12. We've installed numerous hybrid solar systems with auto backup energy storage this past year....some folks have had concerns there might be outages due to Covid....I'm glad it isn't due to that, and they'll be well served regardless. These are going to become much more common and cost effective / affordable than they were previously.
  13. It says Tues 6 to 10 pm, rolling and random cutouts for: The states that will be affected by the "rotary and random load cuts" are Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Colima, Estado de México, Michoacán, Nayarit, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas.
  14. Update today, the traveler paid ($2000) hotel quarantine for 3 days or (if shorter) until negative test result starts Feb 22nd. 14 day total quarantine time still required for all int'l arrivals land and air, unless exempted. Coronavirus: Mandatory hotel quarantine measures for travellers to come into effect Feb. 22 | CTV News
  15. Or just check your CFE bill, Telmex bill, or the one of your next door neighbour......Most of Chapala, Ajijic, and environs is 45900 or 459_ _
  16. Well.....depends on how good your Spanish is......you could try this! Greatest Prank Call Ever! TomMabe.com Murder Scene - YouTube
  17. I've used these same generic type purchased on Amazon in the past with great results; you can also get them through some of the local lakeside computer shops and they work well too.
  18. Ummmm....sorry, I know the rest of your post says what NZ has done has not worked.......but your own graph proves the point that the NZ lockdowns HAVE worked. 5 to 10 daily CASES (not deaths, cases) now in a population of 5mm would be the same as if the USA had 350 to 700 CASES a day. Instead of 100,000 + and a DEATH count of 2500 to 3500. At 350 to 700 CASES per day, the USA daily death count would be more like 20 to 30.....that's a saving of several.....thousand...lives...per .....day.
  19. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday uninterrupted viewing!
  20. Following up on this, nothing from CFE shows any change from the bi-monthly schedule and I am also just reviewing a brand new 2 month bill from an Ajijic client. Reading date was Feb 2nd for 2 months. So all appears to continue as before.
  21. So sorry to hear this. Singing with the angels. RIP Tony.
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