Solar Power

We live off the grid and use only the power that is harvested from our solar panels. As solar enthusiasts, we never miss a chance to collaborate on solar power projects with our friends and neighbors, or share ideas with other homesteaders.
Our Current Power System
Our current power system consists of five solar panels (totaling 615 watts), six AGM batteries, a 60 amp charge controller and a 2000 watt inverter. As we designed and constructed this evolution of our solar power system we incorporated as much equipment as possible from our previous system.
375 Watt Solar Power System
Our 375 watt solar power system consisted of three solar panels, three AGM batteries, a 30 amp charge controller and a 2000 watt inverter. This particular system was upgraded 3 times in our first year here, as we added to it piece by piece.
Installing Solar Panels
In February 2006 Patrick installed 2 panels for a friend of ours. This is a brief overview of that process.
Upgrading Our 375 Watt Solar Power System
In the fall of 2005 Patrick redesigned our solar power system to be more efficient and capable of powering our trailer's 12 volt DC furnace. We added 3 new AGM batteries, a fused power distribution panel and greatly reduced the length of wire in our entire system.
Building a Solar Panel
Alternative Energy Club Project - August '06
Installing a 2000 Watt Inverter
In January of 2006 we purchased and installed a 2000 Watt Inverter so that we could power our new (and small) microwave oven.

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