Generator building information, generators, etc...

alyazalyaz Solar Expert Posts: 114 ✭✭✭
I may have missed it, but would it be feasible to have a section for generators? I have some great diagrams for gen sheds that I would like to share. After shopping for a diesel gen, I finally purchased a 10 KW Perkins gen. I have since set up a proper building for it, but found that locating information pertinent to gen stuff was hard to find. Maybe we could set up a compendium of info for people looking for where best to purchase gens, how to build the buildings, fuel storage, etc.? For us northwest types, regardless of how many PV panels we have, a gen is still necessary in the winters...

3.3 kW solar.  3 Midnite Solar controllers; 5 lightening suppressors.  Magnum’s inverter; auto gen start, BMK.  Davidson 2 v FLA’s - 24v bank.  Perkins diesel gen.


  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,281 admin
    Re: Generator building information, generators, etc...

    Go ahead and start in the Off Grid section of the forum... If we get enough generator postings/activity, then the powers that be may create a forum and move the existing threads there.

    If there are a few soup to nuts threads--I will add them to the Working FAQ too.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • The Only SargeThe Only Sarge Solar Expert Posts: 164 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Generator building information, generators, etc...

    I like the generator discussions for sure. Her at the ranch I run the pump house and house booster pump off a generator that I converted to run propane. I have a 500 gallon propane tank (buried for the swimming pool/hot tub up there) and thought why not :)At the beach house I run a 6000 watt propane gen there also. Love those $100 propane conversion kits. Lets you run Gasoline, Natural Gas or Propane. Run out of one just switch to another power source.
    I highly recommend considering converting a gasoline gen to a propane. Very inexpensive, very easy to do with basic tools, and propane doesn't "go bad" on you :)
  • MangasMangas Solar Expert Posts: 547 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Generator building information, generators, etc...

    Given the high cost of off grid energy storage vs inclement weather, solar duration depending on areas of the country, balancing storage costs and panel energy supply, I believe reliable back up gensets are absolutely indispensable to support an off grid quality of life.

    In my case, whether it be selecting the right genset for a particular solar application, civil and electrical work to properly install and maintain it, fuel system trade offs, solar warranty and so on all became major factors in building confidence in an off grid environment.

    I know CumminsOnan is really stepping up their product line offerings to include solar applications. They were very interested in my off grid system.

    Good section to add if they guys at W&S agree.
    Ranch Off Grid System & Custom Home: 2 x pair stacked Schneider XW 5548+ Plus inverters (4), 2 x Schneider MPPT 80-600 Charge Controllers, 2 Xanbus AGS Generator Start and Air Extraction System Controllers, 64 Trojan L16 REB 6v 375 AH Flooded Cel Batteries w/Water Miser Caps, 44 x 185 Sharp Solar Panels, Cummins Onan RS20 KW Propane Water Cooled Genset, ICF Custom House Construction, all appliances, Central A/C, 2 x High Efficiency Variable Speed three ton Central A/C 220v compressors, 2 x Propane furnaces, 2 x Variable Speed Air Handlers, 2 x HD WiFi HVAC Zoned System Controllers
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