solar power system -Off Grid Cabin – Solar Electric Power System overview

July 20, 2012 – 3:21 am

** This is much requested an overview of my solar system, electricity … Here is where I bought my solar panel and charge controller by: And here is the jump off page for my setup with the solar plan and links: If you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to answer … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 25 Responses to “solar power system -Off Grid Cabin – Solar Electric Power System overview”

  2. these batteries are going on 4 years old now… I am terrible about checking on them… but figure I should get several more years… they spend most of their time full anyways…

    Solar has it’s place. My city place is on grid…my power needs there would be hard to meet economically with solar… the cabin power needs are tiny and easily meet with my small system…

    there is not right answer… to many variables… but if you want to do it start small… you can always grow or replace…

    By buffcleb on Jul 20, 2012

  3. How often do you change your batteries? My husband claims solar is too good to be true and if this were reliable and less expensive, everyone would do it. What are your thoughts?

    By clittle10301 on Jul 20, 2012

  4. it was about 50 feet… I can’t remember the gauge of the top of my head.. but 2 gauge seems right when thinking about it…

    By buffcleb on Jul 20, 2012

  5. How far from panels to charge controller and what size wire?

    By davjan4 on Jul 20, 2012

  6. is the ground just for safety reasons?

    By battisa on Jul 20, 2012

  7. Can we use this solar electric system to run the AC (2.78/2.70 KW) load? if yes than specify the size of the whole solar electric systems.

    By n0556262888 on Jul 20, 2012

  8. The real trick to any solar system is having more batteries to allow more stability in the system. The panels can charge a lot more batteries then one would realize. Having a primary battery bank and a secondary battery bank with a isolator can be use in high load situations.

    By highcountrytimber on Jul 20, 2012

  9. Mice can’t see well. They follow walls. Put your trap against the wall or baseboard.

    By jtjohnst1965 on Jul 20, 2012

  10. it’s just a home depot 6 inch box with two bus bars screwed to it… nice and cheap…

    By buffcleb on Jul 20, 2012

  11. What combinder box model is it?

    By anthonyontherocks on Jul 20, 2012

  12. What is you web site ? I am trying to do the same thing if I ever figure it all out , thx .

    By MrFlench on Jul 20, 2012

  13. Your mouse poop , might be bat poop!

    By troybrownrigg on Jul 20, 2012

  14. nice video!

    By shadowchaserdk on Jul 20, 2012

  15. Thanks for sharing.

    By cybeer67 on Jul 20, 2012

  16. I have a cabin in Idaho..I have a wind generator that runs directly into the place..Works fine I have power year round. Spent $175 for propain in winter for furnace.

    By monte12610 on Jul 20, 2012

  17. nice video….its informative

    By GK007001 on Jul 20, 2012

  18. You could look into using solar thermal panels as the heat source in an absorption refrigeration system.

    By corporatephuckpuppet on Jul 20, 2012

  19. When you said you had 450 watt hour capacity, you should have said that you would have 225 watt hour capacity due to usually you never should use all your battery bank and 50% is a good low point for them.

    By GregYohn on Jul 20, 2012

  20. I baited the place in the fall with poison… I need to sweep the crap out and see if anymore appears… I did find two dead ones in a bucket in the tool shed when I got back this year… I love the ones that off themselves…

    By buffcleb on Jul 20, 2012

  21. put the mouse trap on the wall you will get a mouse

    By Blairman666 on Jul 20, 2012

  22. ahhh good idea ..also protects the inverter from shorts and any overload mishaps. Im setting up a similar system at my remote cabin and one cannot get too much info and ideas from others ..thanks very much for your info helps :) …also have a wind genny I made,Its on my channel..its been charging my batteries all winter ..central ont Ca..brrrr lol

    By goboats on Jul 20, 2012

  23. so I could remove the inverter from power when i am not there… when gone the only things powered up are the charge controller and batteries…

    By buffcleb on Jul 20, 2012

  24. nice set up but why the 150 amp breaker before the inverter ? thanks

    By goboats on Jul 20, 2012

  25. thanks so much for the info, i have yet to find solar panels remotely that cheap until now!! thanks again!!!

    By icecreammanmanman on Jul 20, 2012

  26. You may want to bond the neural to ground on your DC/AC converter unless you left the bond screw in the panel, if so your protected. Also, it was a good idea to ground the solar panel frames but im not sure of the reasoning for grounding your DC negatives in the elec. room. This is not normally done. You need to keep AC and DC systems seperate, If you are going to bond them there, do not bond them in the AC panel. Just some friendly advice, Commercial/industrial electrician for 25 years. KRK

    By KevinRayKnight on Jul 20, 2012

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