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Old 11-08-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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solar panels -- excess power

this question is to those of you who have your solar panels and are finding that your batteries are charged up by midday. what have you found for uses for your extra power?
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:04 AM   #2
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Assuming you're serious, there are only 3 choices I can think of. Be happy you can do that. Get more batteries to store it, or turn something on you don't need to burn it up.
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Run your meter backwards and sell it to the power company.

Seriously.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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Give me half your panels..
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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There are a few "diversion" loads that you could use. The most common would be heating water in your water heater. You can purchase a 12V (nominal) immersion rod heater for your water heater. Of course, different styles of water heater will require different parts. That way you have already hot water going into the evening, thus saving propane. You could do the same thing with a space heater, heating air instead of water, but this is very inefficient...though it is "free." Peltier junctions (google it!) can be used to cool your fridge contents (or heat something....) If you are really techy then a fresh was maker COULD be run (depending on howmuch power you have available) to replenish your fresh water tank from seawater.

Use your imagination...I am sure there are lots of other ideas floating around...how about Solar Coffee (electric machine/inverter/diversion load power)

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