Where's the sun

mountainmanmountainman Registered Users Posts: 180 ✭✭
Solar is great most of the time but  this September in the mountains of Virginia I've seen 3 days of partial sun. Good thing I got an Iota charger from naws. I have a stream 100 feet behind my rv just roaring. It's got me thinking of hydro power. Anyone  have any experience with hydro?
Blue ridge mts. Renogy 400 watts manual tracking . Epever mppt 30. 2 GC 208 [email protected] volts 300 watt psw inverter. 2 kw genny. Iota 45.


  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 3,576 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Locally (NW Ontario), Sept belongs on a milk carton. Went from hot summer to cold, wet, and gray literally in a matter of hours. No fall at all so far. Haven't run the generator all spring/summer, now every couple of days.

    I also have a stream running in a way it hasn't done in years. It would likely work for hydro now, but I'd want to see sustained flow data through multiple seasons/years before doing the work involved in micro-hydro. Most grid power locally is hydro, but micro-hydro is a different animal altogether.
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • PorschephanaticPorschephanatic Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭
    My father explored micro-hydro in the  70's, but the EPA regulations were discouraging. He didn't own enough isolated ground.  
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