It’s time to finally add to/finish off the solar array. There has been some space on the roof for too long. I called a few days ago to order the panels. One step closer to net zero baby! There will be 8 more 220 watt panels up there for about another 1.9kW capacity. Total will be about 7.9 kW. I will let you know what the first power bill is after installation.
Sparky aggrivated me today. I have the parking brake working again. I replaced the brake booster thinking that that was where the problem was with the vacuum leak. I disconnected the hose and ran the pump and no leak. The new booster still leaks. The vacuum pump keeps running every 10 seconds. Not only will this wear the pump out much sooner than it should, the noise is annoying. I am thinking about putting an air valve in the line that is opened electrically when the brake pedal is pushed. Still need to patch that hole in the floor, replace one cell, install the BMS and rewire the charging plug. It’s impressive how these things can become such ongoing projects.
The scooter is working well, but of course I’m not satisfied. I’m trying to make the handlebars adjustible as well as add an “ON” switch. I’ll have to post some pictures once I get that started.
The hydroponic garden started off well, but the beans and strawberies are dying out. We think that the problem is either the cold or a pH problem that we have recently ironed out. We haven’t had a freeze yet but we’ve been close. We should have some sweet potatoes from a large pot of soil soon.
I guess all of these things take some time and work, but to be fair, most of the work has been in getting things up and running. Also the savings in gas and hopefully soon in food will all be worth it. There is already a fair ammount of satisfaction to being self sufficient by doing the errands on the scooter charged with the solar panels and eating even a little food that was grown in the back yard. It was also a lot of fun driving sparky the other day. The EV grin is back.