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Author Topic: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?  (Read 7117 times)

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Offline moonhill

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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2009, 06:30:40 AM »
Maybe we need a regulation saying it is ok to swap one smart one for 5 stupid regs, that would get rid of 4 regs. 

I also see that the roof top PV system as I have outlined has plenty of room for improvements, adding hot water to the system would be fine by me.  We have the technology it just need to be implemented.  I wonder if water flowing over the surface with a collection system and tank would keep the system cool and efficient. 

At what temp does PV's start to loose out put?  Is it gradual or is there a tipping point?

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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2009, 09:02:21 AM »

 I was selling-installing, back in the 70's-80's. Seems that I recollect someone doing a water-cooled panel. Don't remember much more, though ???

  It was all mostly experimental in those days.

  On the subject of being harsh, We sold Solarex brand, and they made everything in-house, using Solar as their only power supply, in the factory. Factory was in Maryland??? I believe ???

   Might have to dig out their brochure I saved.  ;D
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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2018, 07:16:01 AM »
It's been suggested by my solar supplier that its wise to rewire the living quarters as much as possible with multistrand wiring and use DC power directly without an inverter. I did this in my tree house which is completely off grid and have reduced consumption. We still need to add solar panels to compensate for rainy and cloudy days.
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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2018, 06:05:24 AM »
My relatives have installed the solar panels for their full two story house. They have used large dry batteries for them. Initial the investment was high but in the long run it will save their a lot of money because they are not paying for electricity charges to the government.

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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2019, 11:07:16 AM »
We've been off grid for 10+ years and have two separate systems:

-Well: Grundfos 11-SQF-2 pump, controller & AC switch (CU200, IO101), Tristar 45 Controller, 780w SunTech 195, Trojan golf cart batteries.
-House: Outback FM 80, VFX 3648, FlexnetDC, FlexWare xformer, Mate 3 / Hub, WattPlot, 2925w SunTech 195, Trojan L16RE-B Batteries. Backup 1: Honda EU7000is w/2 wire auto start via the inverter aux relay, backup 2: 11kw Miller Bobcat.

I thought it was important to have the well as an independent system 'cause if we don't have water we can't be here. And the Grundfos pump will take about any power, AC or DC, 40 to 300 volts, you can throw at it.

One of the biggest cost wastes has been on generators. Too small too big, too inefficient, spoiled fuel in storage, etc. Finally, I have the best options in place for power needs and efficiency. A close 2nd is batteries. My 1st bank was changed out at the 5+ year point and that was a disappointment. The batteries were still working but tired. It turned out I did not have my charge settings correct out of fear of overcharging them. Wrong. The replacement bank was working great until I had one of three cells in two different batteries fail about the same time recently. I'm still resolving that problem.

We can't do hydro or wind here. Wrong location.

Its an on going education, for sure.

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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2020, 05:27:37 PM »
Offgrid for just about 5 years now too....4.8kw solar system, agm batteries, kubota 8kw diesel.  We've just hit the time of year where we get enough sun (if its not snowing or cloudy) to be generator free....love february! 

We have a dishwasher, propane dryer, regular clothes washer, normal appliances, Navian hot water on demand....you wouldn't know we were offgrid other than the panels and diesel hum at night in the winter.   :laugh:

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Re: Anyone using solar, wind or living off grid?
« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2020, 09:20:37 AM »
Offgrid for just about 5 years now too....4.8kw solar system, agm batteries, kubota 8kw diesel.  We've just hit the time of year where we get enough sun (if its not snowing or cloudy) to be generator free....love february!

We have a dishwasher, propane dryer, regular clothes washer, normal appliances, Navian hot water on demand....you wouldn't know we were offgrid other than the panels and diesel hum at night in the winter.   :laugh:
When you made your set up did you do a cost compare between operating a diesel gen instead of a propane gen since it looks like you have propane on site. 

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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2020, 04:31:18 PM »
We have been off grid since a tree fell on the service entrance to a place we were renting 10 years ago and the landlord wouldn't fix it. Started with 45w of PV panels, a marine battery, a LOUD b&s gas generator and an automotive charger :o

Now it is 1800W of PV, 900Ah of LiFePO batteries, Magnum inverter/charger and an inverter generator. It's been a hard knock life. We have always been pretty broke but work hard. Most people would not want to live like we do, and they tell us so. Sometimes we wonder why we keep doing it but then step outside into the middle of paradise.

Time to go kiss the wife and say sorry/thanks for the 10,000th time :-*


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