Moved from the sticks into the suburban sticks
Ok, haven't been around for a few years, I am older but not necessarily wiser. I sold my farm with my original solar setup and have moved to the suburbs on two acres. I live in a tornado zone so I would like to install a hybrid grid tie system for net metering with battery backup. I want to keep the price down. A few years ago I bought two pallets of the 205w Evergreen solar panels. I have 10 left and just bought two more from a fellow I originally sold a pallet to. That gives me 2400 watts of solar panels. I would like to keep my battery costs low so I am considering a 24V battery bank. I have used fork lift batteries in the past but they sure do use a lot of water but the price is good for reconditioned batteries. The only 24V grid tie/Hybrid inverter that I can find are the now discontinued XW4024 which I can purchase on Ebay for around $3200. Add to that a 80A or 90A charge controller at about $600 and with the surplus 200A breakers, battery cables and other wiring I have around and by building a 3 string combiner box, plus $2000 dollars worth of refurbished batteries, I would have a 2400w grid interactive system for less then $6000 dollars. Oh yeah, I also need to add a Honda 3000 watt inverter generator for another $2000. Then I think in 2017 I could get a Tesla battery with integrated charger for about the same price. Oh what should I do. Any alternative ideas to this concept will be appreciated. Yes I still live in the country where I need power to run the well to flush toilets and to have water. Natural gas is not available, nor is DSL internet, cable TV or landline phone service.
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