SolarYpsi had a successful weekend at the Ypsilanti Heritage festival last weekend. Initially we wanted to install 5 kW of solar panels, but a last minute shipping issue meant we could only get our hands on 2.3 kW. (Thanks Stefan for letting us borrow your solar panels again!)
With a small crew, we were able to install the system in one day and were up and running Friday morning. I counted about 400 people that stopped by and asked questions about solar power and how to install it on their homes and businesses. One person said that he came from Plymouth just to talk to us about solar power. It was a fun weekend and many thanks to Steve Pierce and Amy Strutz for hanging out at the booth and answering questions.
We turned the system off on Friday at 5:00pm and the inverter showed that we had generated 36 KWH over the weekend. Riverside Park has three utility meters that feed the park and I read them before and after the festival. Not counting the generator near the beer tent, the festival consumed 1296 KWH over the weekend. So we supplied 3% of the power with our small solar installation. If we could have left it up for a month, we could have offset the whole festival.
The system will be installed at the Fantasee Lighting warehouse in Belleville in the coming month and we’ll be adding it to the SolarYpsi website. Until then here are some pictures from the festival.