Hi all, I just had a solar system installed on my home and I've been loving it so far. I don't have enough panels to cover all of my normal usage but it's cutting into my power bill pretty nicely. The system I had installed consists of microinverters on the roof that convert the DC from the panels to AC and then it joins into our home wiring at the breaker panel. There is no battery component to the solar install, although I was tempted for preparedness reasons. Doing so increases costs $8-12k and just doesn't make sense financially when that money could go towards other preps. I have my own homemade battery bank and inverters that I plug into transfer switches so I can run critical loads for 8-12 hours off batteries alone. I also have a portable generator that I can use to recharge this bank of batteries during the day. It works pretty well, but in a longer term outage I'd like to be able to tap into the solar panels as well, since fuel may be a concern. My "idea" is to create a temporary wiring bypass for my panels for use only during emergencies. I can unhook the panels from the microinverters very easily, they have twist lock MC4 connectors. My thinking is that I can hook up 4-6 of my easiest to reach panels on my roof to a junction box that lies on the roof and then run one nice sized cable from my roof to the garage and have a solar charge controller attached to my battery bank. Each panel pumps out around 150-225 watts (max 240). Being able to have 1kW of power all day would certainly help in a bad situation. I have a lot more panels but getting to the wiring would be more hassle than it would be worth unless it was looking really long term. I've been looking at prices on connectors and wiring and it looks like I can get all the supplies I would need for under $1000. I don't need a really fancy charge controller since it would be emergency use only. In fact it might be smart to have two cheaper ones, even. Obviously the goal is to have the materials on hand and ideally tested before something really bad were to happen. I'm thinking I would build, construct and test with the 4-6 panels in mind but have additional components to do more later. Just wondering if anyone else has done this? I need to dig in and figure safe wire gauge and the best way to wire the panels at the box (in series, parallel etc).