I must sadly announce that I am suspending my forum participation effective today. This was not an easy decision to make.
I joined the forum five years ago, in September, 2004. I’ve made over 1,900 posts since then and I hope that at least two or three were useful to my fellow members. Almost 30% of the posts were in support of the legacy MX60 MPPT charge controller.
The forum has certainly been valuable to me. I learned a lot about RE technology and about OutBack products, and it has been my privilege to share what I’ve learned, both on this forum as well as via other channels. The forum eventually led me to a career change, and I joined OutBack in June of 2008.
Working at OutBack was one of the highlights of my long and varied career. I made wonderful new friends at the company, and it was odd in a way that I was being paid to do what I enjoyed by helping our customers -- distributors, retailers, designers, installers, maintainers, and end-users –- understand the products and how to effectively use them.
I also had the opportunity to represent OutBack and advocate their products are RE trade shows and similar events, where I was lucky to meet many industry “regulars”. Some of these people are also now new friends, and some are business associates to one degree or another.
However, as a result of general economic conditions and specific business issues, I, along with quite a few other people, was laid off from OutBack on August 3. I’ve continued to provide limited forum support without compensation for the past two months, but that’s no longer a viable business model.
It’s now time for me to move on. I’ll keep you posted on where I end up, and I hope I’ll be able to see a few of you at the Solar Decathlon starting next week in Washington, D.C., or perhaps at the Solar Power show later this month in Anaheim, CA.
Regards to all, and my sincere thanks.
Jim / crewzer
090805 System Configuration: 966 W STC (849 W CEC PTC) 48V PV array, FM80, 24V x 400 Ah AGM battery bank, FX2524T w/ BTS, Hub-4 & Mate; Link-10 w/ BTS, & E-Panel.