About Hardy Solar
Back in 1977, Hardy Day was a retired businessman and musician. Born in west Texas, Hardy had spent his youth playing bass on the Grand Ole Opry and toured with the late great Cowboy Copas. Most of Hardy's adult life had been spent owning and operating business colleges. In retirement, Hardy liked to spend time in Baja, Mexico. However, there was not much in the way of reliable electricity. For that reason, Hardy relied on generators for his energy needs. He soon realized that propane generators burned to much fuel. Unfortunately, there were no reasonably priced american-made Diesel generators. Seeing the need, he decided to build one. It was not long before word traveled and before he knew it, he was out of retirement and building generators full time to keep up with the demand. Hardy Diesels & Equipment was born.
Hardy realized that there were some new technologies beginning to emerge and began packaging complete off grid energy systems that included batteries to store energy so that the generators he was building did not need to run 24 hrs a day. In the beginning, the energy stored in the batteries had to be used to run 12v lights and appliances. Soon, there were inverters available that could convert the DC energy stored in the batteries to household AC energy for use with conventional lights and appliances. It was around this time that Photovoltaic Solar panels were beginning to become available. Knowing a good thing when he saw it, Hardy began integrating solar into his off grid energy systems.
Hardy was definitely a Pioneer in the alternative energy industry. He was also way ahead of his time in the Bio Diesel movement. Hardy had located a special press used to make sunflower seed oil out of sunflower seeds. This oil was then used to power Diesel engines to produce clean renewable energy from what had always been considered a fossil fuel engine. Hardy also contributed to several electric vehicles way back in the late 70's. Hardy helped design a Diesel driven DC Alternator that could charge a bank of batteries and power a vehicle and get up to 100 miles per gallon.
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