some seeing eye wrote:I always suggest people new to solar electricity make in person contacts with DIY solar people locally. And on playa, visit the AEZ for a tour.
I'll give this a shot. I live in Santa Cruz and there are a few smaller commercial solar power installation companies around town. I'll see if I can chat with any of them in person. Maybe some of them are burners?
Captain Goddammit wrote:I've done all three - including the cheap-but-loud way at first. I'll never forget the first Burning Man I attended, I fired up my generator (it was even a Honda, but it was an open-frame contractor-style set) and within minutes neighbors came by asking "How long are you gonna run that thing?"
So far I've only done the Honda EU3000is route and the >6,000 watt contractor generator route. We haven't tried the big
generator yet. My EU3000is could run anyplace and never upset anybody. The contractor generator was always boxed in by cars to keep the noise down.
My single EU3000is isn't able to drive a 50A 250v line. (I actually have two generators but because business must continue in the off-playa world I can only bring one of them with me.) Honda does make a parallel kit for the EU3000is that makes a 50A circuit but I've never found a review online. I'll probably just need to contact a distributor to find out if it can run our spider boxes.
I guess I'm just sad because we don't actually need to run that much juice but we do need it all over the camp! Lights in the kitchen area, public domes, private dome, etc. Some music all around. Charging stations for all the gizmos. We've got 50 people and no RVs or big appliances so now we just need a simple way to keep everybody's headlamps charged.