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Old 11-13-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
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Solar installers

I can't do this myself so I need professional help. Where are best installers?
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There are many dealerships and qualified technicians that can install these. Where are you at r will be when you want them installed?
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:17 AM   #3
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From your profile, you're in Wyoming. Can't help you there, but if you get to Florida, the one I would strongly recommend is www.palmerenergysystems.com He's located outside Mayo, Fl. And there's a very nice campground just up the road from him. I think it's called Suwanee River Rendezvous if I'm not mistaken. This guy doesn't just install panels, he designs the proper system for your particular needs. He really knows his stuff.
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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I have heard good things about AM Solar .
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AM Solar has recommended installers on their web site. Some travel and may meet up with you along their travel route.
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Keep in mind there's more to solar than JUST installing some panels. You need someone who understands how to go about putting together a system that will fit how you'll be using it, and the extras to get the maximum out of it.
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Keep in mind there's more to solar than JUST installing some panels. You need someone who understands how to go about putting together a system that will fit how you'll be using it, and the extras to get the maximum out of it.
Yeah, and who would that be?
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Yeah, and who would that be?
See posts #3 and #4
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There is nothing about the Palmer Energy Systems website that gives me confidence that these people know what they are doing. On the other hand, AM Solar's website is complete with information about systems and the products used indicating a professionalism that Palmer does not demonstrate.
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I agree that AM Solar came up consistently as a place with a good reputation. Yes, the Northwest area.

If willing to spend sometime in the Southwest, I also consistently heard good things about Starlight in the Yuma area.

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If you research the Green forum, you will find many helpful posts from BatteryPro/Larry - who along with his wife, is the owner and hands on force at Starlight. I also like that they have branded out to include some Lithium packages.

If I were doing an instal today, I'd now go with Lithium and design the system accordingly. My 1200W, MidNite Classic 150 controller, today feed X's 4 L16 Lifelines - and hope get another 6+ years out of them! But for many of the same reasons I went with Lifelines AGM's, I'd now go with a Lithium battery pack. (They were just coming into play pretty heavy in both the RV and Boating community, when I did my research. Was tempted, but they were way more pricey in those days, prices have really dropped. And will do so more, I hope, as more Lithium battery production kicks in. (Keys to me were, less weight, much faster charging cycles, and able to discharge much lower without damage - vs I try to key the Lifelines at the 70-75% SOC level on the low side, and added more capacity to stay at the level. It's all about cycle usage, and never abusing the batteries, to maximize life usage.)

But it all comes down to how someone wishes to use their coach. Wet Cells, with good old Golf Cart 6V, are still the economic leader on battery banks. Yes, with the negatives and longer recharging that come with wet cells. But those maybe just fine for what a specific user wants...

A solid design, with possibly adding the desire of designing for future expansions, is recommended. (Future expansion design? Oversize wire size a bit more, make sure the Controller has headroom for adding extra panels in the future. A minimal costs on components, and labor will remain the same.)

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There is nothing about the Palmer Energy Systems website that gives me confidence that these people know what they are doing. On the other hand, AM Solar's website is complete with information about systems and the products used indicating a professionalism that Palmer does not demonstrate.
You can't judge a book by it's cover. A slick web site doesn't convince me that someone is competent or not. All I can say is Palmer did my solar(over 600w) array a number of years ago and I've NEVER had a problem. He knows the solar business inside out and would design a system for your particular needs. In fact he won't let you leave his property for at least 24hrs. after it's all been wired up. He'll make sure you have the proper amount of panels, controller, inverter, battery bank, and everything you'll need. He's a bit of a crusty old guy, maybe curmudgeon is a better word, but he knows his stuff. But it's of course your decision who you use.
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Unfortunately, first impressions mean a lot in business. Unfinished, incomplete and unrevealing webpages can indicate a lack of acumen and resources to get the job done. Mr. Palmer may well be up to the task, he just doesn't demonstrate that on the website. A competent system should be largely set it and forget it, you got nothing outstanding, just what should be expected. If the OP is going to be in Florida, Palmer certainly should be considered, after much research and discussion.
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