Getting Ready to Go Off-Grid
Hello everyone! My wife an I have been preparing to off-grid for about a year now. We'll be ready to order our solar system soon (in about a month) and have pretty much worked out what we want but I stumbled across this forum and thought I'd see what folks here have to say. We did load calculations and compared current electric use to what we'll be expecting in our new home and feel that this system is sufficient for our needs (and then some most of the time). We will have an 800ah battery bank. We're in northern MN. We'd like to work toward a system that requires no, or very little, generator use so I think we're going to add 12 more panels to the system. We'll be running the basics (small fridge, small chest freezer, well pump, radiant heat circ. pump, laundry with propane dryer, lights, minimal television and internet use) but use electricity sparingly. Any thoughts on this set up? Am I way too optimistic about the generator? Will my little Honda 2000 be enough? Is the 12 additional panels the right way to go or is a wind generator a better option? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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