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Southport - Day 19

Day 66 - Monday 1 September

Forecast for today is fine and sunny with a temperature of 24 degrees. In the afternoon we had a brisk breeze off the water that kept things a tad cool.

David checked our solar panels installed on the roof at home last night. We have a 3.0 kW system comprising 12 by 250 watt solar panels with individual inverters. The system allows panel performance to be monitored over the internet. For the month of August our panels have produced 260 kWh at a feed-in tariff of 28.8 cents per kWh, making $75.00 for the month.

The panels were only averaging 5 kWh for the first 10 days of the month, but the last 20 days averaged 10 kWh per day. This is however a long way from the expected 20 kWh per day that we would expect in the middle of summer. Since the 1st of April the panels have generated more than 1,000 kWh or nearly $300.00, which is fairly good for the winter months. The panels should pay for themselves in the next 5 years before the feed in tariff reduces to 8 cents per kWh.

This morning we headed for Pacific Fair so Di could have a hair cut. After lunch we did the rounds of Supercheap Autos, Repco, Burson Auto Parts, Whitworths, and finally Auto Barn looking for a Vinyl Repair Kit, not because we need it yet - but it pays to be prepared. On the way back to camp we called in at Southport Park for groceries at Woollies and a visit to BWS for essential supplies.

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 03:44

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