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Old 11-07-2015, 04:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
oil pan 4
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The point of the grid tie is to make use of the solar panels after the battery is charged. I work 12 hour shifts so I am only at work 13 or 14 days out of the month. This will make some use of the solar capacity during those off days when I don't drive it.
I am putting a lot of solar capacity on there, 100 watts right now, 40 more watts worth are in the mail and I may expand it further up to 200 watts.

I bought the grid tie inverter in late 2008 for wind power experiments. The results of the experiment were obviously not favorable to small wind power production so the inverter has been shelved since early 2009. I didn't buy it for this project.
Not using the inverter would be a waste of money and I already figured everything else out.

This is the deal I offer to the ecomodde community. I will get it figured out so you don't have to. That's it.
Now all anyone else has to do is copy what I did and scale it up or down for their own ends.

The solar panels are going on there to support the electrical system when I do an alternator delete. The way solar is, when you think you have enough capacity you always fall short. I am going to over do it so I always get the battery fully charged and have extra power.
I would also like to be able to have some power for away projects, camping and anything else that might come up so I don't always have to drag this thing around:
Home made solar inverter generator hybrid - EcoRenovator
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