This post is part of ToadMama's Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 which is an attempt to make February go by a little more quickly. There are 28 topics, one for each day.
What are you thankful for today?
I have a lot to be thankful for. But for the purposes of this challenge, I'll pick being able to retire. Back in 1984 when I started with the university, the retirement system was supposedly one of the benefits of working there. The offering was a defined benefit plan something that didn't mean anything to me. Back then, I didn't really care as retirement was so far into the future and I never really gave it much thought. Until a couple of years ago.
Around noon, the sun came out of the clouds and the charge current was at 6.5 amps (positive value on the Trimetric means that it's charging). The battery bank was still down a couple of percent from when I made my cup of coffee using the Keurig machine. I'm not expecting it to recharge completely with the one cloudy day. I initially didn't have the wooden blocks under the panel and it was partially shaded by the deck rail. Raising the panel by 3" doubled the current. The lesson learned, you really need to watch for shading.
There was only a couple of hours of sunny-ish weather so the battery bank is still not fully charged. It read 97% this morning and 99% that evening. The forecast for tomorrow is clear and sunny. Maybe I can even do a battery equalization.