Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Got a good deal on some batteries... for power on Maui.

Got a good deal on some batteries... for power on Maui.

Got a good deal on some batteries... $20 bucks each.


Somebody knew somebody - they were dismantling a back up power system for a high tech facility on Haleakala, Maui, and hundreds of these perfectly good batteries were being unloaded for cheap.  My husband got 20.  He got a solar panel from another friend, and a old inverter we had kicking around, and made himself a free-standing power system - this one for the barn in Haiku.  No more starting up the generator to run the grinder or compressor!  And lights at night too.

Many places on Maui rely of off grid technology for their power needs.  When it comes to off the grid systems, batteries are the weak link in the chain - you can only store so much energy - and they are usually not cheap.  When setting up an off grid system be sure to consult with a licensed electrician

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Maui is going to be a leader in the green energy movement and is well positioned to take advantage of sun, wind and waves to meet the growing demand of energy for Maui homes.  We get by quite well with our off grid system that includes a wind generator on a 60' tower.

If you have questions about off grid living in Hawaii, give me a call. 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • April 16 2008 03:53AM

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Wow that is so cool and what a great deal on the batteries. My son's hot wheels battery is $34.00!! My town is about to have our Earth Day Celebration so my office is going to be there passing out tips on greening your home. Keep up the great blogs I love reading them! ~DeV~
Posted by DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield (Associated Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Sounds like a really good, cheap way to get a system up and running... I would love to do the same, but I'm guessing that not too many panels or cheap batteries are just kicking around Tallahasee...
Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) over 10 years ago

DeV - OK I'll keep posting them just for you!

Alex - If you know an electrician, or even if you don't, call some up and see if they can get a line on some batteries... apparently a lot of county and federal buildings have battery back up systems that they are always upgrading - therefore they need to get rid of the "old" stuff - they are glad to get rid of it as it's hard to send to the landfill.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
You know... I wasn't planning on moving to Maui... but I have to admit that I could be very tempted to do so. :-)
Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 10 years ago

Georgina, this is very cool. Arizona would probably be a good place as well to have the extra energy source. That is wonderful. I love Maui anyway. ;-)

Pepper

 

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

Chuck - Maui is a tempting place, and it can be hard to get out of your head

Teri - You guys could be way ahead of the game, with all that sunshine.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hi Georgina - I'm sure you have blogged about it before - what type wind energy system do you have? What size? On average, how much power do you produce monthly??

I'd be curious to know! 

Congrats on the GREAT battery deal! 

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 10 years ago
Georgina - Indeed, alternative energy - like wind power - is the thing of the future and it is here now!!!! More people need to get on board with this!!! Great post!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Mary - we have 3 Bergeys.  The new ones are the 1000 W model.  As for production power - don't know, as it's combined with the solar panels.  All I know is together they produce all of our power - daily, monthly, annually ( with the exception of a handful of evenings when we have to use the back up generator due to lack of both sun and wind for a few days in a row - wintertime)

BJ - thanks for your nice comment

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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