Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PHOTO OF THE DAY - May 27, 2008

A River Runs Through It.
(Union Flat Creek flowing through the RJR Ranch.)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Flags Above The RJR Ranch

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Trip to the Moscow Farmer's Market

Moscow Farmers' Market Trip May 24 2008

Panda's first trip in a crowd. ("Is that person going to eat me?"

Even in a very liberal college town, some people really do appreciate the effort that our military and other's make to keep our country free. THANK YOU!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Switches ON

This morning we switched the solar PV (photovoltaic) system ON. Under the standard conditions it will generate 2.5 kilowatts (kW) of power per hour.

As of 5:00pm, we have generated over 11 kW of power, even though it was turned on later in the morning and we had a partly cloudy/hazy day.

In perspective, this morning, I drove my electric VW to Pullman and back with a few shopping excursions. (23 miles, total) It took 8.5 kW of electricity to recharge the car. Bottom line: I totally recharged my car using the sun ... and I had power left over to sell back to the power company.

Here's how it works:

* Plug my car into the power grid and pay $.053 per kW/hour. Cost to charge car: $.45

* Generate 11kW of power and sell to power company @ $.15 per kW/hour. Get paid $1.65

** RESULTS: Twenty-three FREE miles of travel and made $1.20 profit, to boot!

(My gas car probably would gave burned up about one $4.00 gallon of gas!)

In a day, or so, watch the system performance at: http://rjrenergy.blogspot.com

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