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    Here is a very interesting graphic from Bloomberg today on the energy costs, in terms of CO2 emissions from your green friends Tesla. If he lives in a area where his electricity comes from a coal-fired power plant, then he is contributing 88% as much carbon to the atmosphere as your LT1-fired Corvette.

    The secret to CO2 reductions that are meaningful is getting to an electric grid that is nuclear, wind and solar-powered. THAT will then justified widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Until then its all just noise.

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  • #2
    Very, very interesting.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      I've got a grid-tied 5kW rooftop solar array, which I love.

      It already produces more power than we use, but if we were to get an electric car I'd just add another 10 panels (w/microinverters) which should provide enough juice to drive 10,000 miles per year.

      There's also a Tesla Supercharger less that 2 miles from my house...
      My C8:
      '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

      Current Vettes:
      '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
      '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
      '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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      • #4
        5 KW seems very low, to power a complete home. That’s only 22-24 amps at 220 vac.
        3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Racer86 View Post
          5 KW seems very low, to power a complete home. That’s only 22-24 amps at 220 vac.
          The system is closer to 5.7 kW peak output, which is rarely achieved (cool, bright sunny days can get close).

          In the Spring and Summer months, we'll produce around 500-600 kWh per month, which diminishes during Fall and Winter. Credits provided by excess generation are used during the Fall and Winter.

          The current year to date production* (Jan 1 - Nov 4) is 4.05 MWh, which covers the house, AC, and pool for the wife and I. Northern Indiana is relatively cool in the Summer, so AC (the power hog) use is generally light.

          Of course, all appliances are high efficiency and most lighting is LED.


          *I've got an Enphase microinverter system, and I can monitor production real-time, over the web.

          My C8:
          '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

          Current Vettes:
          '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
          '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
          '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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          • #6
            Use mainline electricity here. Feel I need that power when I push some of it off as Radio Frequency from the antenna above my house. Trees cover the area anyway. No good solar spot.

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