After a stunning amount of sun in April, May has been cloudy and has brought much-needed rain. Yesterday at Island Cohousing Lynn Weber, our garden guru, marshalled a dozen of us to do the semi-annual move of the hoop house from the winter location where it protected greens to the warm season location where the seedlings now in the cold frames - tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cukes - will get a head start on the season. The compost bin was dug out and new piles of compost built. The last of the collards got pulled and it took me close to an hour to pull leaves off the plants - ending up with a heaping wheelbarrow of collard leaves (chiffonade the collard leaves, saute garlic in a pan, remove, saute collards, throw the garlic back in, eat). It was cool and cloudy, a great day for garden work.
Meanwhile, the House 5 PV system quietly passed the 6000 kWh output milestone. With 5 weeks left to go in year one of operation, we may exceed 6,500 kWh. This would be 1.37 kWh/W of DC rating, an exceptional output, especially with the mild amount of shading present.