Before you continue, you may want to check whether your state allows you to upgrade without losing that precious feed in tariff.
Here are the new digital accoutrements you can enjoy on your next journey through scaled-down space: I definitely couldn’t have done this part on my own, mostly because I only speak English (and Google translate would make my writing appear as though it were written by, well… A computer with brain damage.) For those unfortunates whose first language is not the official tongue of the global monoculture, you can now find a little icon in the upper right that lets you convert the text on the map to whichever archaic language is spoken on the streets of your charming village.
I (along with millions of others in California) pay what I call a “location tax” due to my living in California’s Sacramento Valley, where summer temperatures regularly hit and exceed 100F. I took out a low-interest loan against my savings account the contents of which was then converted to a certificate of deposit spanning five years. We get a quarterly summary showing our electric use/surplus, and a year-end “true up” bill to balance any difference. Of course that’s under optimal sun angle and atmospheric conditions, and with DC to AC power conversion loss, the real max is closer to 6500 watts of AC power.
The majority of California’s population, living along the coast, don’t see temperatures anywhere near that, and thus don’t have similar air conditioning issues. I’ll have the solar system paid for in five years, and the CD will be free at that time. We still have to pay for natural gas usage separately. Typical days run anywhere from 4500-5500 KW at peak sun.
This feature was made possible by the translation work of friends, family, and kind, foreign pen-pals.
I will name them here, so when people Google their names, they will be directed to this page: Niaz Uddin, Naomi Kasahara, Shirley Worth (my Aunt), Thorsten Frey, H-D Honscheid, Marcel Schäfer, José Roberto V.