My Simple, Affordable DIY Solar Electric Generating System
for Emergencies/Back-up Power!!
Thank you for coming to my site!
My name is Bill Seavey and I've been experimenting with what I call "basic" solar power for nearly 25 years. I started with a small 40 watt solar panel on my 20' motor home and worked my way up from there--eventually outfitting a "strawbale" house in Baja, Mexico and a spare bedroom in Santa Maria, California with a "back-up" system for short or long term electrical outages and supplemental power (I was actually a little concerned about "Y2K").
Eventually I wrote a tech manual on these small systems (see testimonials elsewhere on this site) which has sold thousands on the internet to every state in the union, every province in Canada and overseas. It's called the People's Guide to Basic Solar Power. The response has been terrific. The manual is a little out of date now (solar technologies are changing almost as fast as computers!) plus I want to do more, much more.. .
Some of you will never forget what happened in late 2012 with superstorm Sandy. (Hey, I once lived and worked on Manhattan island and in Brooklyn! And my ancestors came from New England). Or maybe you were victims of Hurricane Katrina. OR, maybe you are just among the millions of Americans who recognize that the electrical grid is not so hotso anymore, and any major natural disaster--be it a tornado, heat wave, flood, earthquake, hurricane, or ice storm-- could take away your power for hours or days on end. It can be extremely inconvenient, and even deadly, as you well know. Hey, I live in mountainous/coastal country in California and trees fall on my neighbors' (luckily it hasn't happened to me, yet) houses every winter.
The problem before now has been that portable back-up power (usually gasoline generators) is noisy, polluting, expensive (especially if you wire it into your house), inconvenient (too dangerous to be moved within a dwelling), and difficult to start if you are a novice. Plus, in a real emergency when power is out gasoline stations in your community may not be able to even pump the fuel! (You saw the really long Sandy lines on tv!).
A fairly simple solution has been in development for years and you could call it solar power back-up generation. You may not have heard about it, however, because only recently have manufacturers been offering units for sale commercially. Portable solar power generation cannot generally equal gas generators in wattage output for the money, EXCEPT in the area of what I call the "sweet spot" of needed household or small office power in an emergency--1500-2000 watts. And I've developed an affordable DIY solar generator that targets this "sweet spot" yet is still very portable and has the capacity to give you dependable power for most appliances for hours and even days.
If you have come to this site after examining the competition (our slide show looks at one unit on the market), or DIY approaches, we urge you to consider the following facts: very few units have the capacity, though they say they do. The two main problems are (1) not large enough solar panel(s) and (2) not enough deep cycle batteries. (Don't take my word for it, I recently assisted a Costco magazine editor in writing an article on all the varieties of back-up generation systems, with an emphasis on solar.)
In the slide presentation that follows I hope you will consider my 2000 watt (2kw) EE-BASIC system. It has been undergoing testing for months to make sure YOU will have the power you need in an emergency.
If you want a completely deployed system delivered to your home, we aren't quite ready for that (except in central coastal California counties). But we DO have a DIY information package for our EE-BASIC system (only $99) that includes:
Our famous tech manual
A complete supplier list
Basic electricity information
A detailed instruction guide
A 400 watt inverter (converts DC power from batteries--even from your car!-- to AC plug in power)
A fifteen minute phone consultation to answer questions.
And we will have an $895 kit (explained elsewhere) that includes ALL the components you need to assemble the 2000 watt EE-BASIC system (including a 185 watt solar panel, almost impossible to get for under $500) by mid March, 2013. With this kit you supply the batteries (around $200) which can be obtained in your local community from Costco--and we challenge you to find anything comparable in cost/capacity for around $1000 total price! (Assembly takes one to two hours, if you're handy.)
So thank you for considering what I have to say. Please don't hesitate to write if you have any questions to email@example.com. (Naturally, we offer a money back guarantee on the $99 package if it doesn't meet your expectations.)
Now, please proceed to the slide show (which was presented as a PowerPoint in late 2012 to a high tech incubator in California called Softec--we were semi-finalists). The slide show will give you more detailed information on what we are proposing, and the background about why having emergency "green" power is so essential today!