Alternate Power for the Robson Resident

Steve Simpson, club officer, with Rick DuBose and Web Bliss. (Photo by Steve Simpson)

Steve Simpson, Club Officer

The Tech Club meets the second Monday evening of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 104 at the Creative Arts Technology Center. We have no dues, and attendance is open for any Robson resident who is interested in anything that is high tech, regardless of what they own or understand, but have a desire to learn more about. As an enhancement to our Tech Club members, we are now offering a presenter video recording that can be accessed through membership in (formerly known as Yahoo Groups) at and our new website

Our Sept. 12 meeting was hosted by Steve Simpson (club officer). Steve’s presentation topic was “Alternate Power for the Robson Resident.” Steve offered an In-depth presentation on all aspects of alternate power, including my personal experiences on purchasing Generac back-up generator, roof solar panels, and Generark solar generator for the home.

There was much open dialog and interactive discussion during the meeting, including questions regarding the following: daily cost of natural gas to run whole house with the Generac back-up generator, solar panel durability against hail, installing your own solar panel and placing into the CoServ grid, Power draw of a freezer, and cleaning of solar panels after several years.