Nov. 2, 2022

How Winnie the Pooh Went Solar (And Found More "Hunny")

Note: For this episode, we're temporarily changing the name of Probably True Solar Stories to Probably POOH Solar Stories in honor of our main character, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Once upon a time, not long ago, after public domain laws freed Winnie-the-Pooh from A.A. Milne's copyright ... there lived a bear who wanted to go solar but didn't understand the process or the technology.

After some discussion with Solar Fred, the narrator, and Pooh's friends Piglet, Owl, and Rabbit, Winnie-the-Pooh decides that he will go solar ... as long as more "hunny" is somehow found by the end of the story. 
True Solar Takeaways

  • The main parts of a solar installation are the solar panels, the inverter, and the mounting or racking system.
  • There are two types of inverters. Micro-inverters are installed behind solar panels. String inverters are installed on walls. Both work very well. 
  • You can also install batteries for backup power, or as Pooh likes to call them, the "batter-bees."
  • Most solar installations do not need batteries.
  • Solar panel installations need to be designed and receive a "permit" by the city and/or county and other local officials. Solar pros call these "the AHJ's," (Authorities Having Jurisdiction.)
  • Your utility (or as Pooh says, your utili-bee) must also inspect your finished solar installation before turning it on. This permission is called PTO (Permission to Operate).
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