Solar assisted golf-cart set up.

I just wanted to get some ideas on what other member's opinions would be for the best solar set-up for a golf cart?


  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 30,511 admin
    Re: Solar assisted golf-cart set up.

    What is it you are looking for?
    • Panel on a cart?
    • Off-Grid Charging?
    • Grid Charging?
    • Operate at night/charge during day?
    • How much power (Amp*Hours at XX Volts, or Watt*Hours per day)
    • Where (near what major city?)
    • Seasons (4 seasons, summer/sunny months only)
    • etc.
    There are several options... If this is at a home/business where you have utility power--then going with a Grid Tied Inverter is the best deal (cheapest to install, rebates, least amount of maintenance, no batteries to replace every X years, etc.).

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,762 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Solar assisted golf-cart set up.

    A panel or 2 on a cart, is just showing off, it has no chance of recharging the battery bank before the batteries sulfate, and will extend your range in a day, for about 40 '.

    Build a carport, cover it with PV panels, and Grid Tie it to your electrical service. If you are off grid, you charge the cart with panels daytime, and use it as your household batterybank at night.
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

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