Anyone use solar power?


I have been looking into getting solar power installed on my roof. I am wondering if anyone here has done that and how it affects the sound of your system. Any experience in this area you can share will be greatly appreciated.
sidssp
I am using solar and don't notice any difference in the sound when its running on the solar or on the grid.
I have a Canon calculator that works off of solar and have no complaints. Everything just adds up with it. They now make wireless computer keyboards now that are solar powered, and I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on one. If I do, I'll report back with the results.
I once looked into getting solar panels for my roof, but did not have enough roof space with unimpeded sunlight to make it worthwhile. If you want to listen at night, though, you will need to get a battery which is charged by solar power, which can add significantly to the cost--otherwise you'd be on the grid at night. Not sure how much the current batteries can provide in the way of power, you'll need to look into that.
Not this week.
"03-27-15: Terrybbagit
I am using solar and don't notice any difference in the sound when its running on the solar or on the grid."

That's because you didn't get audiophile grade solar panels, along with some high end power cords to run from the panels to your system.
A "regular" solar panel installation does not get you "off grid", your power circuit, of where the solar system is now a part, is still connected to the grid.

The power your panels produce just cause your meter to run slower maybe even reverse in case your own consumption is less than the solar panel power output.

Good Listening

Peter
nothing like battery power!
Zd542, Good one
I'm totally on the AA batteries in my portable CD player and the AAA batteries in my portable radio. Yes, there is a big difference. No AC power, no power cords, no transformers, no fuses.
Zd, surely all natural,organic,sustainable electrons must have a sonic advantage. How can you not see this?
I only listen at night...
"03-28-15: Brownsfan
Zd, surely all natural,organic,sustainable electrons must have a sonic advantage. How can you not see this?"

Because you need to use audiophile grade electrons. You can't just throw any type of electrons into your system if you expect it to sound good.
Audiophile grade electrons?? Crap, I've totally overlooked this in my system. I guess its back to the drawing boards...
Power is power. don't think there is any difference. When we get power to our homes, it is a mixture of thermal, nuclear, wind, solar and hydro.
Sidssp, on a serious note, I wonder if there are benefits. When you think what we spend on power conditioners to filter out the bad stuff imposed on the lines to our homes. You would have a pure sine wave without any "noise" imposed as long as you can disconnect from the inbound power company supply line. If you use a power conditioner, I would try bypassing it for a time and at night when you are back online, listen if you can hear a degradation.
I would be curious to hear your results.
The waveform of the power output of a solar panel inverter could hardly be any more noisy.

Some are just 60hz square waves, some are "three step" and even the best have major power output at multiples of 60hz, up to and beyond 2,000hz. Waveform quality is just not a priority.

If your equipment is sensitive at all to noise in the power mains, a regenerating power conditioner could be required.

At the same time, the inverters broadcast all sorts of RFI.

This guy wrote it up pretty well :

http://www.rocketroberts.com/techart/inverter.htm

Kenyonbm, Thank you for pointing that out. After reading your post, I have called the solar power company and asked them about the waveform but no one there seemed to know anything about it. I decided to put the project off for awhile.

Thanks for your post again.