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by mfinca
Sep 20 2015 10:29pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

I think this solar project at $64/MWh flat for 20 years is already close to the cost of "brown power" over it's life. http://azusa.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=574&meta_id=42938 Does it produce power at night? If you knew anything about electricity in California, you would know tha...
by mfinca
May 25 2015 8:31pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Peak Car? End of the car age?
Replies: 34
Views: 2430

Re: Peak Car? End of the car age?

How does your trike work with the bike lanes? Some bike lanes here are so narrow, pot holed, with drainage grates and such I wonder how much trouble it would be with the extra width?
by mfinca
May 14 2015 11:16pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar bike ways
Replies: 7
Views: 1382

Re: Solar bike ways

He may be right, but I doubt that there is enough information available to tell from what is in the article. He may have made some educated guesses as to costs but that looks like that is all they are. I'm not an expert, but these are numbers I've heard. If anyone has better numbers please provide. ...
by mfinca
May 14 2015 1:51pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar bike ways
Replies: 7
Views: 1382

Re: Solar bike ways

The article gives a cost for this experimental installation, but not the expected cost when the technology reaches maturity. Anyone heard a number? With lots of Green House Gas "fee" revenue coming into California, especially now that transportation fuels are covered (as of Jan.1, 2015), there is mo...
by mfinca
May 09 2015 10:34pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: S. 1219 - Examining Net Metering. So it begins.........
Replies: 5
Views: 1179

S. 1219 - Examining Net Metering. So it begins.........

So it begins. Thoughts? https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1219?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s+1219%22%5D%7D Interconnecting Distributed Resources and Examining Net Metering S. 1219 ensures the reliable interconnection of distributed resources, as well as just and reasonable elect...
by mfinca
May 06 2015 1:42pm
Forum: E-vents
Topic: Human Power Challenge "E"vent
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

Re: Human Power Challenge "E"vent

How much is insurance for an event like this? Is it a reasonable amount that can be met by sponsors? Probably not enough time for this year, but next?
by mfinca
May 01 2015 8:48pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

I think this solar project at $64/MWh flat for 20 years is already close to the cost of "brown power" over it's life.
http://azusa.granicus.com/MetaViewer.ph ... a_id=42938
by mfinca
May 01 2015 7:54pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electric vehicles vs Climate Change
Replies: 117
Views: 10596

Re: Electric vehicles vs Climate Change

Rancho Cucamonga bought 6 MW of solar power out of 75 MW project last year, so maybe there is hope yet.

http://azusa.granicus.com/MetaViewer.ph ... a_id=42938
by mfinca
Apr 25 2015 2:50am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Your Creation's Before & After Pics
Replies: 1835
Views: 599642

Re: Your Creation's Before & After Pics

Before: 2012 Giant Trance, large frame, full suspension, hydraulic brakes

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After: LiFeP0 72v 20Ah in frame
After 2015-03-30.jpg
LiFeP0 72v 20Ah in frame
by mfinca
Apr 13 2015 11:41pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release
Replies: 4483
Views: 700823

Re: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release

If you look at the picture the breaker says right on the side of it maximum voltage 80v.
by mfinca
Apr 12 2015 7:17pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release
Replies: 4483
Views: 700823

Re: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release

Grin Technology's controllers come with integrated on off switches. I back that up with a regular car 12 volt battery switch, which is keyed. I never switch it under load and so far it has held up. The better solution is a Circuit Breaker like this http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/UeQAAOSwfc...
by mfinca
Apr 12 2015 7:01pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: how much cost to grid-tie?
Replies: 55
Views: 14665

Re: how much cost to grid-tie?

Keep in mind that as you wait for panel prices to drop, you might also lose the 30% Federal tax credit. Under current law you need to be complete before Jan. 1, 2017. It looks like extensions will be slow going in the current Congress. I don't know about state and utility credits in your area, but i...
by mfinca
Mar 08 2015 12:20pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: air powered cycle
Replies: 2
Views: 914

Re: air powered cycle

My Norton says this download "is not safe".
by mfinca
Feb 25 2015 3:56pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy
Replies: 9
Views: 2828

Re: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy

I think there are several areas that most people agree require government action. - Common defense - police & fire protection - roads - air quality? This last one doesn't have 100% agreement as to all aspects of air quality. Most would probably now support stopping of acid rain in New England caused...
by mfinca
Feb 23 2015 11:16pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy
Replies: 9
Views: 2828

Re: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy

On a more serious note, California is well on its way to meet its goal of 33% of our electricity from renewable resources, by 2020. The governor has stated a goal of 50% by 2030. Legislation has been introduced to make that the law. Beyond 50% things get a little tricky. California already gets a li...
by mfinca
Feb 23 2015 9:24pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy
Replies: 9
Views: 2828

Re: awesome <22 minute talk on the topic of clean energy

Priceless. Opps, let me rephrase that.
by mfinca
Feb 12 2015 10:52pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar Jobs Boom Makes KeystoneXL PipelineLookLikeTinkerToy
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: Solar Jobs Boom Makes KeystoneXL PipelineLookLikeTinkerT

Hopefully the tax breaks for solar will be extended beyond 2016, so that these jobs will continue. Looks like a tough crowd in Washington. On the wholesale level, solar has reached the cost of "brown" power over a twenty year contract, with the tax break. A lot of projects are in the pipeline for co...
by mfinca
Feb 11 2015 12:50am
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release
Replies: 4483
Views: 700823

Re: Cycle Analyst V3 preview and first beta release

I agree that sometimes there are too many opinions. I would like a temperature set point for my Crystalyte H3540, but suggestions vary by quite a bit. Sure some people will be more willing to trade life span for more performance than others, but it seems that there could be a fairly limited range wi...
by mfinca
Jan 16 2015 2:22pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: how much cost to grid-tie?
Replies: 55
Views: 14665

Re: how much cost to grid-tie?

San Luis does not operate like a normal pump storage project, or at least the Federal portion does not (The other half belongs to California Department of Water Resources (DWR)). The federal part of San Luis is a part of the federal CVP water project. It is operated to store water in the winter/spri...
by mfinca
Jan 15 2015 5:54pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: how much cost to grid-tie?
Replies: 55
Views: 14665

Re: how much cost to grid-tie?

Everyone in California should be aware that all of the electric companies are moving away from tiered rates. About half of the typical cost for a customer is "fixed". When a customer cuts back use, that fixed portion is shifted to other customers. When solar was coming of age, few customers did sola...
by mfinca
Dec 20 2014 3:44am
Forum: Items for Sale - Used
Topic: SOLD rear direct drive wheel/hub - USA
Replies: 37
Views: 6564

Re: Hub motors/wheels. Will ship USA

Which Crystaltye HS is it? Front or rear?
by mfinca
Nov 07 2014 5:38pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Your Creation's Before & After Pics
Replies: 1835
Views: 599642

Re: Your Creation's Before & After Pics

A couple of questions. What top speed are you seeing? Are the fat tires flexibility providing enough cushion to get to that speed on rough roads. My hard tail does about 40mph, but with the roads I like to ride on, comfort is lacking over 20mph. Last time out I found by standing on the peddles I was...
by mfinca
Oct 30 2014 10:00pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Your Creation's Before & After Pics
Replies: 1835
Views: 599642

Re: Your Creation's Before & After Pics

What handlebars are those?
I could finally get everything on want on my bars.
by mfinca
Oct 30 2014 10:00pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Your Creation's Before & After Pics
Replies: 1835
Views: 599642

Re: Your Creation's Before & After Pics

What handlebars are those?
I could finally get everything on want on my bars.