BoFuller said:We love being off the grid. I firmly believe the grid is a ticking bomb and will start experiencing problems one of these days. Read Lights Out by Ted Koppell.I say go for it, and don’t ruin that view.
Solar hybrid gasoline generator, 7kw gas, 180 watts of solar, Morningstar 15 amp MPPT, group 31 AGM, 900 watt kisae inverter.
Solar roof top GMC suburban, a normal 3/4 ton suburban with 180 watts of panels on the roof and 10 amp genasun MPPT, 2000w samlex pure sine wave inverter, 12v gast and ARB air compressors.
oil pan 4 said:
Well it seems like you are on the right track since you posted here before buying anything.
I started off with 2 gc215 battery’s a pure sin 300 watt inverter 40 amp mppt charge controler and 300 watts of solar . It’s been running since 2015 . It enough power to use lites radio phone and I pad chargers it will charge cordless tool battery’s . I used a champion 1800 watt genarator to charge the battery if needed ( nov, dec ) we get frozen out in late December . Ive been running the generator 15 hours a day for a year to power the new house. Lights radio tv small tools battery chargers . I use 2 gallons of fuel in 3/4 days not to bad . The last month I’ve been getting my permanent system up and running in the house thanks to the guys on the fourm John
Something Like This: (the forum can please critique this idea)Classic 150-SL $525 (this would be the heart and soul of an expandable system)4 Golf Cart batteries at a club $400 (good for learning)Samlex PST-1000-24 1000w 24v PSW inverter $400 (would be easy to sell or re-purpose)4 Canadian Solar 295w Mono Panels $320 (can be expanded upon)Total: $1645I guess it just depends on if you will have to deal with Inspectors.
Dave Angelini said:
Good advice from the mod man above With the hard winters you might be better off just using a genset until you have a lockable structure. That is what I tell my clients.In my opinion the learning route system is overrated if you have a mentor or have done your due diligence. Good Luck!
Yes I’m I am installing my system my self , the guys here have been very helpful and some times I feel like I’m a pest . I Basically did exactly what bill stated above , I installed battery’s solar panels cc and morning star 300watt inverter . And lived with that in a old trailer 1972 , we built the porch out of rough sawn lumber cut off the side of a mountain to collect water and mount solar panels I’m still pumping water to the house 300’ away with the system .
Thanks for that info, Mike. My background is in architecture and I'm big on passive solar heating via large masonry mass, so was already planning a mid-room masonry woodstove just far enough back from a south window where the winter sun will hit it but not summer sun so hopefully I won't even need to build a fire when the days are warm enough and you only need heat at night, when the masonry will radiate it back. I think the plans for that masonry woodstove just got a lot more complicated and more efficient for when a fire is needed.