Going Solar in Pahrump Nevada

No place on earth is more suitable for a Solar power renaissance than Pahrump, Nevada. The Pahrump Valley is ridden with old mobile homes on 1-acre properties.  In addition, the sun shines robustly pretty much every single day of the year.  During the summer months, the temps rise and the sun shines like crazy. Meanwhile, the interior temps in the under insulated mobile homes soar as does the electric bill. Many cool their under insulated mobile homes with swamp coolers that use copious water.

When my father and mother in law passed away, they left us a nice prefab in Pahrump. The first thing we did was pressure wash and paint all the structures. We then removed the carpet and installed hardwoods along with new roofing. Now we are looking at replacing the coil heat system with a heat pump and a solar powered ductless mini split.

In the winter time, it is crucial that a home’s crawl space is heated or the water lines will freeze. Hence, it is appropriate to operate a heat pump system that uses existing ducts that are in the crawl space. In the summer, this is not the case. In fact, in Pahrump, Nevada,  it does not freeze from March to late late fall and the beginnings of winter.  With no requirement to heat the crawl space, all heat can be ducted directly into living space. This is where a low wattage high seer rated solar powered ductless mini split comes into play. Then again, a  low wattage mini-split head unit could be installed in the existing ducting in order to heat the crawl space etc.

Many of the newer ductless mini splits have SEER ratings that exceed 22.5. They are Energy Star rated and only require a modest amount of wattage to run.  An 18,000 BTU mini split will cool a 1500 sqft home and use between 700 watts and 2000 watts.  The initial wattage it takes to start the unit’s compressor may eclipse 2000 watts for only a few seconds. Once the unit is running, the wattage usage may back off to less than 1000 watts or even 700 watts depending on the size of the unit.  When a home’s temp is stable, the mini split logic will only operate at a level that maintains the temperature. In most cases, a 2600 watt solar array will be more than enough to cool a Pahrump mobile home. In fact, if the water heater heating element is only 1440 watts, the solar system will heat the water too. The best method to heat water is a heating panel that uses black heating tubes to absorb heat from the sun.

Installing two separate 12,000 BTU mini-splits may be a better option. This way, it only requires 12-2 Romex wire. Moreover, the master bedroom and living room would be heated separately. In addition, a 12,000 BTU mini split could run constantly at 1000 watts in an open floor plan.

Even a 3000 watt grid tie inverter would be enough to cool a mobile home for 8 months of the year in Pahrump.

These solar panels are going to my property in Boulder County, Colorado. I will be installing a gas stove, gas on demand water heater, and gas dryer so I can make room in the 100 amp electrical panel for additional circuit breakers for a  master bedroom addition and a 4000-watt solar power system.  the home will then get a 18,000 BTU mini split, so I can heat the home for nothing when the sun is out. The gas furnace will be used only at night. I will also be able to monitor and control the temp inside the house and crawl space with a smartphone app.

Once I determine the worthyness of the solar system, Pahrump is next.

I cant help it if I am brilliant !

Oh and the Dumont Dunes are only an hour away. Nice!


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System Type : Heat Pump
Power Supply : 208-230V/60Hz
Rated Current Cooling : 4.05 A
Rated Current Heating : 4.72 A
Cooling Capacity (Min-Max) : 12,000 Btu/h
Heating Capacity (Min-Max) : 12,000 Btu/h
SEER : 21.5 Btu/w
HSPF4 : 9.8 Btu/w
HSPF5 : 7.7 Btu/w
COP : 3.24 W/W

Indoor Unit
Air Flow : 306/212/147 CFM
Noise level – Hi/Mi/Lo : 36.5/30/25 dB(A)
Indoor unit dimension (WxHxD) : 31.57×7.44×11.69 inches
Net/Gross Weight : 18.1/22.0 lbs

Outdoor Unit
Compressor Type : rotary
Noise level : 57.5 dB(A)
Outdoor unit dimension (WxHxD) : 31.50×13.11×21.81 inches
Net/Gross Weight : 81.6/88.2 lbs
Refrigerant : R410A

Nevada’s energy renaisance

To Brian “Sunny Boy” Sandoval


As a former ASE certified auto mechanic and shop owner, aircraft technician, Boeing engineer,  C-141C flight engineer, in addition to a B.S.  degree in Industrial Science, I have learned one thing well: when things are complex people run away, but when things are easy to understand, people become instant authorities.  On the C-141C when a light bulb failed, even the loadmaster could understand the technology. However, when it came to a thrust reverser problem or fuel control, they busied themselves with rolling up tie down straps and hid in the back of the airplane. This same analogy can be applied to both residential electrical systems and residential solar systems. People are afraid to get electrocuted. Fair enough. Compared to an aircraft electrical system, residential solar systems are at a Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble “plug and play” level. Even Wilma could install a solar system with a “Solar systems for dummies book!” Then again human bureaucracies and “Unions” love to make things extremely complex and then charge hundreds an hour. In reality, it is all smoke and mirrors.

Today, residential solar systems for the DIY crowd have become inexpensive.

Below are 24  each 320 watts American made UL listed panels at $144 each.  That equates to 8000 watts of continuous electricity for free after the initial investment of $3700.  This means free fuel for the Tesla model 3 or the Chevy volt for the next 30 years. All that is left to buy are solar roof racks and a Grid Tie inverter. This reflects .45 cents a watt, or powering a 40 watt light bulb for over 30 years for $22 dollars. The cost of power generation is also frozen in time, meaning the power will never go up in cost and stays at the initial baseline investment cost.

Then it is a matter of replacing the electric stove, electric water heater and electric dryer with gas appliances if one prefers a low watt system. The light bulbs can be replaced with LED lights. The old inefficient air conditioner or energy sucking  45 amp heat pump system can be replaced with a  20 amp high seer ductless mini split. At that point, the house can be cooled during the day with a mini split along with running the fridge. At night, the only electricity required from the grid will be to power the gas furnace fan, burner control,  low wattage LED lights, miscellaneous high tech related gadgetry, and the fridge. Adding a tesla power wall at this juncture would eliminate the need to be on the grid at all.

The most appropriate battery source would be the family electric car. To propel an electric car at 100 kilometers per hour, it takes at least 60 to 100 amps of power. This is equivalent to two electric stoves with all the elements turned on. During the acceleration phase, an electric car requires amperage levels that may exceed 180to 300 amps. Nothing in a house comes close to these levels of power consumption. In fact, the battery pack from a Chevy Volt or Tesla could power a  24,000 BTU high seer ductless mini split for cooling and heating night and day for days on end if not weeks.

The U.S. House and Senate must submit a bill that requires electric car manufacturers to install a reverse power feed outlet that can be connected to a Grid tie inverter.

The large electric oven can be replaced by a 120 volt 1500 watt countertop toaster oven.

An energy renaissance in Nevada would create copious jobs and reduce dependence on an overloaded energy grid. Clean solar would eliminate the requirement for coal burning energy plants and nasty dirty nuclear-powered facilities.

The biggest bang for the solar buck relates to the employment of Nevada’s children and the elimination of heating and cooling costs for seniors.  The economic benefit to Southern Nevada would be extraordinary and create copious State revenue via cottage industry, logistics, and skilled trade employment. Moreover, Solar power goes hand in hand with America’s vast natural gas reserves.

Lastly, in places like Pahrump with copious water wells that are sucking up precious Pahrump valley aquifer water, the elimination of swamp coolers would save water. As it is, the valley’s  fossil water aquifer system is being depleted. When it is gone, it is gone.  Lake Mead is also at risk of being depleted below the turbine intakes.

Brodheads voted for the funding of the topography surveys for the transcontinental railroad. We helped lay the tracks that transported the immigrant pioneers to the Battle Born State of Nevada. Now we want to lay the tracks that lead to a clean energy economy for the Silver State and the American dream for our children. It can be done, but we cannot run away.

We must look into the requirement for mortgage loans that incorporate the funding of a standardized on-grid solar system during the buying and selling of homes in Nevada.

Written by:  Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead

SMA Sunny Boy 3.0-US


“Sunny Boy” Inverter “Made in Germany”


Things are looking up in Lemmon Valley

This week will find most of the flood water in the Lemmon Valley gone. Once the state, county, and local entities decided that a simple pumping and levee system would work in Lemmon Valley, the water receded quite quickly.

Governor Brian Sandoval was visually tired looking after fixating on Lemmon Valley and doing all he could to help the local residents move back to their homes.  This week, he can sleep soundly because an honest man’s pillow is his piece of mind. The residents of  Lemmon valley can also sleep soundly given that the temporary levee system will eventually be a reinforced permanent structure. Donald trump seeking to turn Nevada into a nuclear waste dump, well, that is another story.

The current republican led US House is dragging itself through the gutter and will soon earn a 5% approval rating.

Meanwhile, water will be released from Bridgeport reservoir and Lake Topaz in preparation for a massive spring runoff.  Walker lake has already risen 2 feet over the last two months. if the spring runoff is as big as it is forecasted, Walker lake, Weber reservoir, and Lahontan reservoir will see several thousand additional acre-feet of water. Moreover, the Truckee river will flow mightily.

2017 is shaping up to be a really good year for farming in Nevada.

Look forward to transitioning Northern Nevada on my way to Pahrump and experiencing the spring beauty of the Sierra east slope.

After installing 1200 sqft of hardwoods and 33 square of roofing on the Pahrump home, it will be on to the Boulder County, Colorado home to install  800 sqft and perform a 440 sqft master suite addition.  I expect the front range of Colorado’s east slope to be beautiful and invigorating to the soul.

Look forward to buying 10 solar panels in Norco California and seeing old friends in Riverside as well..



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Donald Trump the politically inept neo-con ass kissing environmental terrorist

The US invades Iraq and then allows the complete destabilization of Iraq and Syria which perpetuates a mass refugee exodus to Germany and Europe. Then the leader of Germany comes to the USA and Donald Trump won’t even shake her hand on national TV. How extremely juvenile and rude.

The democrats ran a lying, conniving, narcissistic political whore against a twisted narcissist billionaire reality TV host.  All the democrats had to do was run a centrist, but they settled on an incontinent Vermont socialist and Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders, the wealth redistributing socialist with 3 homes one of which is a $600,000 beach front property? The media could have simply backed off on all the offensive coverage of division, anti-cop gibberish, and whorish looking chicks in  Black Panther outfits dancing at Superbowl 50. They would have won the executive. Instead, the liberal media inundate America with all manner of offensive and un-ending check your so-called  white privilege anti-whitey crap and people were fed up. As a result, America can enjoy 4 years of an idiot president. Thanks alot!

As a result, America now has the most absurd individual for president in America’s history. Not only that, Donald Trump touted himself as an anti-neo-con before the election. That is what got him elected. Now in order for him to get his precious personal campaign donations back, he has become the supreme neo-con ass kisser. Even with yearly deficits of over $500 billion, Trump wants to give the military more funding after a decade and a half of massive military and ops tempos spending. In the next breath, he wants to further destroy health care in this country and drive up policy costs by 750% on older low-income Americans. Next, he wants to open Yucca Mountain and contaminate Nevada with nuclear waste while shunning alternative energy, and rolling back spending on environmental issues.

Donald Trump said he would get rid of the department of education. Now he does nothing.

At this juncture, it is clear that Republicans in the House and Senate that will support Donald Trump’s ineptitude are making the party look bad. Expect the 14% Congressional approval rating to hit 5%.

As far as Donald Trump not shaking hands with Chancellor Merkel, Trump continually shows that he is basically a politically inept jackass and an international embarrassment. The supposed real estate genius is really just an immature boob and social idiot.  “Make America Great Again” has devolved to “Make America neo-con ass kissing environmental terrorists!”

The reality is that responsible House and Senate statesmen will have to police Donald Trump’s stupidity at every turn. Hopefully, the jackass does not attempt to use nuclear weapons offensively. His decadent oil industry “Secretary of State” is already rattling nuclear sabers like a stupid unhinged redneck imbecile with zero international relations understanding.

We should have all really took a step back when Donald Trump started talking about nuclear arms proliferation, offensive use of nuclear weapons, and his demonstratively ignorant positions on the nuclear triad, Nato, and a smorgasbord of glaring incompetence. Instead, America elevates a madman to the highest post on earth.

Americans will have to boycott all Trump real estate assets so he goes bankrupt while in office.  It is time to make this man’s life miserable and put his spoiled sons in the soup line.  It is called the “Art of dealing with Trump!” We have no choice.

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Donald Trump leveraging disaster funds for Nevada in exchange for opening Yucca Mountain

Donald Trump is a nuclear madman.

Special interest ran George W. Bush foreign policy

Special interest actually runs all of Donald Trump’s thought processes

During the Iraq war, I had an opportunity to fly a  C-141 mission to Darwin, Australia. It was a welcomed change to the dedicated air evacuation mission our C-141C unit was performing out of Iraq. I had been across the red continent several times, however, I had never been to Darwin. Anyway, on our way back to the USA, we were fragged to make a cargo stop in Misawa NAS Japan. During the flight, Misawa would get socked with bad weather below minimums. We would then divert to Sendai International airport. Once we landed, the crew would be carted off to a hotel downtown for a night’s stay.

Sendai airport would be flooded when the tsunami hit the coast of Japan in  2011. The massive tsunami would also flood 5 General Electric built nuclear reactors that were built on the coast of the “Ring of Fire”!

I find it morosely fascinating that the US would rightly use nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945, and then an American company would talk Japan into building nuclear reactors on a coastline that is subject to earthquakes and Tsunamis. While “Fatman” and “Littleboy” killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese and caused generations of birth defect, the event was short lived in the scheme of things. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, however, is capable of polluting the Pacific ocean and rendering huge swaths of Japanese mainland as uninhabitable. As it is, the clean up of the dirty nuclear plant will take several decades at the cost of billions. In addition, the fisheries off the coast of japan will be inundated with nuclear polution.

What we have learned is that nuclear power is both dangerous and stupid. The nuclear power lobby makes the argument that US nuclear systems are safe. They then compare the Soviet-style single pass nuclear cooling systems with the US nuclear cooling system of dual cooling systems with heat exchangers. The US system basically isolates fuel rod cooling from a secondary cooling system via heat exchange. In order for the US system to fail and cause a massive meltdown, both cooling systems would have to leak and fail.

The nation’s nuclear plants are burdened with a massive amount of spent nuclear fuel rods. They say that the amount of nuclear fuel used by an individual over a lifespan would be the size of a coke can. If we times 12 fluid ounces or 1.804 cubic inches by 350 million people, we get   634.1 million cubic inches of spent nuclear fuel rods. This equates to 2.5 cubic miles of nuclear waste. This means that if Yucca mountain is opened, nuclear waste will transition Nevada forever, and a massive portion of Nevada’s deserts and mountains will be dedicated to a nuclear waste dump.

To visualize the amount of nuclear waste, just divide the size of a nuclear cask into 2.5 cubic miles of nuclear waste.

Donald Trump is nuclear friendly and wants to turn Nevada into a nuclear fuel dump. Instead of closing down dirty nuclear plants like the Germans and converting to solar, Donald Trump likes dirty nuclear fuel and all the hazards that go along with it.

Donald Trump seems to be leveraging Nevada disaster funds in order to soften Nevada’s resolve at is relates to opening Yucca Mountain for nuclear fuel waste. He calls it the “Art of the dirty deal!” He is also, attempting to soften the worldwide opposition to the use of nuclear weaponry against North Korea.

What Nevadans really got with Donald Trump is a cult of personality nationalist mad man that cares little about the dangers of nuclear power or storing nuclear fuel rods on a fault line in Yucca mountain. He does not consider the extreme sheer forces of plate tectonics and the possibility of ground water nuclear pollution.  he simply does not know how to logically assess issues and lets special interest make his decisions.

At this juncture, all Nevadans should boycott Trump real estate assets in Las Vegas and anywhere they can be found.

Not only has Donald trump dropped to his knees to fellate the military industrial complex while taking away health care subsidies for 50-year-old low-income men, he supports dirty nuclear power and shuns clean energy. This makes him an evil man.

Hey Donald, shove your “Art of the nuclear waste deal ” up your ass!

It is clear that the US House and Senate will have to police Donald Trump’s mad tendencies if America wants to hold on it’s sanity, environment, moral high ground, and march to clean energy and jobs.


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Nevada’s Swan Lake will require a permanent levee system

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval reacted quickly to Lemon Valley residents as it relates to lemon Valley flooding.  He has contacted numerousFederal,  State and County agencies and mobilized a few in the Nevada Guard. The plan quickly became a temporary levee system that encompasses a portion of Swan lake. In addition, a deep sump pumping system will be utilized to pump water from Lemon Valley.

The winter and spring of 2016 and 2017 have produced huge snow packs in the high Sierras as well as Nevada foothills. This reality in conjunction with massive rainfall and fluctuating temperatures have wreaked havoc on Lemon Valley and copious areas along the Truckee and Walker rivers. Lahontan reservoir and Weber reservoir are maxed out and releasing utter tens of thousands of CFS of water in preparation for the spring runoff. To date, Walker lake has risen over 2 feet and currently takes in about 1000 CFS of water from the Walker river.

Installing a temporary levee system around the entire Swan Lake area is in order.  Cutting a deep trench on the inside of the new levee structure, adding a liner system, and backfilling would be appropriate.  In addition, material should be brought in and tapered off to the interior side of the levee so water forces are spread out over a larger surface area. The temporary levee system will require some sort of deep retaining/ caisson system on the outside of the levee wall to preclude movement or massive breakouts.

In addition to man-made structure, consideration should be given to the planting of high water consumptionTypha Latifolia plants that both consume and purify water while adding a bonding root sturcture like Cattails etc.  Of course, the lake would recede during drought etc. Hence, this aspect would not be a priority.

Lemon Valley will have to start work on an in street drain system that coalesces at pumping stations. A pumping station should be no more than a half dozen  10,000-gallon perforated semi-buried sump tanks with trailered pumping units. Later, a permanent system can be installed.

It is in Nevada’s best interest to build a Swan lake levee system that encompasses the entire lake and takes advantage of natural terrain. Once the weather is dry, it would only take a small heavy equipment outfit to do the task over a long period of time.  As it is, Washoe County will have to address this flooding issue with a permanent means.


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House should start Obamacare refinement by voting on “Across state lines”!

We all remember the 50,000 page Obamacare bill that nobody read. We all remember how Nancy Pelosi said, ” lets pass it so we can see what is inside!”

Of course, now that Republicans control the house, they want to make massive changes that will increase policy costs by 20% in the short term for most, and increase policy costs on low-income 50-year-olds by 750%. hence, the competition conjecture is simply foolery.

The first thing that the Republican house should do is vote on across state lines health care policies. Lets see how that goes first. Next, we can look at eliminating the Obamacare capital gains tax, and device tax.

Lastly, republicans should roll back residential capital gains to 15% like it was before Barack Obama.

Americans are not interested in a 50,000-page health care bill that increases healthcare costs by 15% to 20% in the short term and eliminates subsidies for 50-year-old men with diabetes.  As it is Trump care or Ryancare or whatever the hell it is called is an attack on older Americans.

In the first breath, Trump surges in Syria, and asks for the biggest increase in military spending in history. In his next breath, he wants to further devastate the healthcare system and drive costs up 20%.

At this juncture, Trump and Ryan are making Republicans look sickening.


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Everyone hates the House Republican healthcare plan.

Per the Congressional Budget Office, Ryancare will increase healthcare policy costs by 15% to 20% right off the bat. In addition, lower-income 50 and 60-year-olds will see their premiums skyrocket and then have to foot the entire bill given that the proposed tax credits would be simply worthless.

At this juncture, the House Republicans that support Ryan’s bullshit healthcare plan must be voted out of office in 2018.  This Obamacare replacement bill is both costly and coldly inhuman.  Allowing insurance companies to increase policy costs on a 50 year by 5 times that of a younger person is garbage legislation.

If the republican house was smart, they would pass only the “across state lines” aspect of the bill, and then take a wait and see position.

One week, Republicans ask for a 55 billion increase in the military budget and in the next breath seek to grow healthcare costs by 15% a year.





Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval mobilizes Nevada Guard to help Lemon Valley

Nevada Governor mobilizes Nevada Guard to help Lemon Valley.

Mother nature has a way of changing her mind. After years of drought and lower than normal snowpacks, the Sierra Nevada mountains are packed full of snow. In addition, the foothills of Nevada have endured massive rainfalls and wild temperature changes as well. The massive onslaught of water is wreaking havoc on Nevada communities as the Truckee river and other Carson plain rivers overflow.  Even Walker lake is seeing close to 1000 cubic feet of water per second via the Walker river.  Something that has not occurred for several years. In just a few more weeks and Walker lake will have risen  2 feet in depth. This is before the massive Sierra snowpack melts in the spring.

Lemon Valley has born the brunt of mother nature’s wrath. The community is located on what used to be a dry lake bed during the days when the Great Basin was full of water. The terrain gently slopes toward I-80 and is full of dry lake bed depressions, washes and natural drainage areas. Before Lemon Valley was developed for housing etc., rainfall would coalesce at the low points and dry lake areas.  Today, road infrastructure and housing developments have blocked normal avenues of water runoff, hence, water collects in areas that are framed with road infrastructure and development. Washoe county did not plan or incorporate an appropriate level of drainage infrastructure, so,  they have a massive manmade mess on their hands.

Ultimately, the lemon valley will have to incorporate a drainage system with pumping stations. Consideration might be given to digging up White lake, and turning it into a drainage collection lake stocked with trout.   Of course, all the alkali soil would have to be removed and the lake bed lined with new soil. Just a thought.

Anyways, while Donald Trump remains lackadaisical as it relates to Federal disaster funds for lemon Valley, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has mobilized the Nevada Guard to the aid of Lemon Valley.   He is anticipating the next round of flooding when spring temps rise and the massive Sierra snowpack begins to melt in earnest. Not only will Lemon Valley flood more, all the communities along the river areas will see flooding once again. It seems that the Nevada Guard has it’s work cut out for them and will be on copious manning days for the duration.

Consideration might be given to asking up other guard units in the country that operate heavy equipment if they want to engage in training opportunities. It is simply a matter of active duty orders and attachment. 

I need you to contact the head of the Nevada Guard and instruct him to contact other Guard units or the Guard Bureau for heavy equipment operators. Then I need you to round up heavy equipment from the counties. At least fill the billeting at Stead with Guard bums willing to work. The money will come out of the National Guard fund and industrial fund, I believe.


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