As long time readers will probably realize by now, I have pretty much replaced every component of our original solar power system over the past two or three years.
I have no regrets at all about this. It was a great learning experience, and as our lifestyle has returned closer to “conventional” our power needs have also changed.
In fact, now it has proved to be a bit of a bonus that we grew the way we did. With the construction of the workshop now far enough along that I can begin moving items inside, I also realized that I’m ripe for adding a second, backup power system there.
Note the installation of the panels – I agree that they are low, but the roof exposure was east/west, and I like the south mounting for maximum winter solar gain. Also, I mounted the panels vertically one on top of the next, rather than side by side. I did this so that as the shadows grew taller, I would still have one or two panels fully unshaded.
|Looks like modern art with them offset like this, maybe I should keep it?|
|Hmmm, some wires are a bit short here.|
|Kenny learning about volts, amps, and how to use a multimeter.|
Where the cables pass through the steel, I cut off the top of a pop bottle and screwed it into an access hole. This should prevent any chaffing.
|Orange Crush, if you must know. (No overt political statement intended).|
With the battery showing 12.7 volts, I headed off to supper with an extra spring in my step and excited to start plugging in my stuff right where I wanted to use it!