From July 28, 2018
Earlier in the week I mentioned that among a long list of things Santa Chiara needs was the urgent need of 16 new batteries to store energy generated by our solar panels. I said each battery cost $175, which comes to $2,800 for all 16. A Journal reader from Ohio sent a message saying to get the batteries because the check was in the mail. Yesterday, we purchased the batteries. After losing power overnight for three nights in a row, that problem will go away once the batteries are installed. A larger diesel generator would know when the inverter is running low on battery power and the generator would automatically turn on to prevent a power loss. This feature is not on our smaller, less expensive generator.