Friday, November 9, 2012
Putting together an off-grid solar system
I am in the process of sizing and ordering a solar power system for my pumps. I have a 250w panel, and a charge controller and switch panel should come in the mail shortly. I still need a battery, but I have one in mind from the local marine supply (Cabela's) that shouldn't cost too much. This is all very experimental. The solar supply companies charge a TON for these items, so I am piecing a system together from general DC power suppliers, mostly designed for boats and RVs. If it works, it will prove that you don't need the word "solar" on the label of your components and therefore don't need to pay the premium for trendiness. If it doesn't, the cost of the individual components isn't subtantial enough to be considered a waste.
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