My new solar system (video)

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by Borrego, May 2, 2018.

  1. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

    I am fairly new to this forum, have been prepping, off-gridding for a while now....just finished installing a solar system on our cabin, thought it may be of interest or help even to some.....Questions/Comments welcome....

  2. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Thanks, nice

  3. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Welcome to the site.

    Just realized that I watched, and commented, on your video.
  4. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Congrats! It looks great! I couldn't hear, due to the wind, how much wattage those panels give you? Did you do all the wiring yourself? Like I said, it really looks nice!
  5. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    He's running 6 panels, at 330 watts each.
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  6. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey+++

  7. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

    Thanks, all.....I am really liking this site.....
    As he said, 6 x 330 = 1980
    And yes, I did the wiring...I am a General Contractor, and so have done wiring on a few houses, but this was a real brain twister, for me at least ....... It took me a while and a lot of youtube videos (and trial and error) to figure it out. I must admit I was slightly surprised when I turned it on and the lights came on.....took me 5 weekends total...
    Now that I've done it, it seems easy, I think I could do it in 2 weekends...:)
  8. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow


    Looking at the system 6 panels, at 330 watts each in 2S2P setup on combiner to the MPPT of say input Voltage around 120VDC .
    Rated PV Array Power: 1980 Watts
    Anticipated Array Power @ 40C: 1846 Watts
    Rated PV Array Current: 15.74 Amps
    Battery Charging Current @ 57.6 V: 34.4 Amps
    VMP (Maximum Power Point Voltage) : 91.8 Volts
    VOC (Open Circuit Voltage): 112.8 Volts
    VMP @ -30 C°: 114.6 Volts
    VOC @ -30 C°: 133.2 Volts

    Conext 48 Volt 120/240 or the straight 120VAC ?

    Why do a softwire in the control room for the APU ?
    I would of dropped the plug outside where the APU could be & not have a door open to the control room .

    Any AC or mini split system ? Mine runs off Solar when needed .


    Very nice a clean install , Like mine are .

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  9. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Man I thought I had rocks , I have trees , Live in a rain forest , that looks DRY !!
    The beer needed to keep quenched ;)
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  10. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    APU - Aux power unit. Gennie. Bad juju running an IC engine near an open door, make rats (and others) dead.

    So far as the A/C unit goes, it looks to be past time to tot up the loads you have, then what you need to run additional loads. Remember to account for starting the compressor motor.
  12. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

    Yep, it gets mighty dry.....the top shelf of our new fridge is all beer!!! Bless my wife for letting me do that!
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  13. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey Honda generator is located under the deck about 30 ft away....
  14. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Welcome and thanks for sharing the project. Very neat install.
  15. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    I would of dropped a 10/3 wire to the gen area & done the hard wire to receptacle to soft wire connection there ..
    Whats the size of the inverter ? 48XX -Plus 0r XP
  16. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Looks like AZ or near by, judging by the terrain, the vegetation (lack thereof), the Ocotillo in bloom in your video and the barrel cactus in your avatar pic.
  17. BenP

    BenP Monkey++

    Nice setup, I also use the Schneider Electric equipment and it seems to work well. I use a heat pump water heater to air condition and dehumidify our house. I can see by the landscape you probably don't have a humidity problem.
  18. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

    I would've too but was using the genny to power the house before the solar arrived so it just ended up like this. I have a 10/3 cord running under the deck to the genny. I don't use it much anymore except to use power tools when i have a project going :) Solar is so nice! here is the inverter.....
    Schneider SW4048 Inverter - Wholesale Solar
  19. Borrego

    Borrego Monkey

    Close, good's southeastern Calif., Anza Borrego Desert
  20. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Good job ,
    Next a wind mill .
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