Originally Posted by homeless
I want to take my Generator out and replace it with a battery bank that will supply all my elect needs and a solar array that will keep everything charged up with out shore power. I understand the sun needs to be shinning! But can you give me a list of items and even links to such things that I need to make this happen?
Thanks in advance
In keeping with your request, the answer is SURE.
To do what you want to do, install as many solar panels as you can. Installation can be on the roof, and/or covering windows which when tilted can act as sun shades in addition to providing power.
Now get a good solar controller with MPPT technology, and big enough for the amount of of amperage your panels are capable of on the best of days. I use Blue Sky myself.
Purchase 6 to 8 true deep cycle battery's (golf cart 6 volt) and install.
Now wire the panels in series/parallel manner in at least 24 volt configuration, and maybe up to 60 volt depending on the controller capability, and connect wire's to a combiner box, but not to the controller yet.
Run heavy (as required) cable from controller to the battery box, to the battery's, and then, and only then connect wiring from that combiner box to the controller.
The MPPT controller will automatically recognize whatever voltage you wired the panels, and change it to match the voltage of the battery's, which need to be less, or equal to the voltage from the panels. The majority of people go from 24 to 48 volts panels to 12 volt battery bank.
Done, now you can study, and make it more elaborate, if desired. Oh yes, be sure to input in in-line fuse's on all length's of positive (red) cable/wiring.
That's it in a nutshell.