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Old 11-18-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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Solar for this dummy please help

I want to go solar but I have no idea what to get. I want to run a microwave a tv with dish. I have all led lights. I have room for 6 to 8 panels but money is an issue. I can do all the work. I know I'll need a inverter converter I want it hard wired in. Is there a kit out there that will not brake the bank but still a good set up. Also what kind of panels are good I think I read there are 3 kinds.

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:34 AM   #2
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Lots of reading ahead for you!

Two of my articles:
Is solar power for you? - JdFinley.com
Energy Audit - Watt For? - JdFinley.com

And Handy Bob's site is a must read.

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Old 11-18-2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:17 PM   #4
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Arizona wind and sun have a great web site and friendly forum to help you. I have never seen a kit that had over 4 panels. I have 4 125 watt panels and 4 Trojan 225 am/hour batteries. The monocrystalline are supposed to generate more per square inch, but are higher priced. With our setup, we have been off grid for 10 days and no problems. The only reason we had to hookup was for water and dumping. We used the microwave for reheats only--no cooking in it. Water heater and fridge were on propane.
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Benefits of Solar Battery Charging and a System Overview
If you can do the work yourself, start here and with the previously posted links.
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Thanks y'all lots of reading ahead I see.
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There were two issues for me: money and running cable from the roof. I dealt with the money issue by doing it over a period of time. I started the first season with a single 12V to dual 6V battery conversion. Prior to the next spring I ordered two panels and a PWM 30A controller that was big enough to support 4 panels.
The cabling problem was solved by someone detailing running the cable down the gray tank vent. My fridge vent was at the opposite end from the battery compartment, so that wasn't good for me. So now I have two panels on the roof feeding my 220AH battery bank. I haven't decided on an inverter yet as I use a Coleman camp coffee pot and propane stove for cooking off grid. I have a 300w 12v receptacle inverter I could run a TV with but haven't yet as I would prefer a hard wired solution.

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