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Video:HEAT WATER OFF GRID USING SOLAR POWER (PHOTOVOLTAICS)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill K May 11, 2013. 2 Replies

I know people have asked questions about using Solar excess to heat hot water. Here is a video from a YouTube channel I follow that talks about how he does it.Continue

Another Example of a DIY solar combiner box

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Dessauer May 2, 2012. 5 Replies

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Great read about an experience with installing an 8KW GTI system

Started this discussion. Last reply by hoopty_yo Jul 20, 2012. 2 Replies

I cam across a thread on another forum about a Grid Tie installation in Texas. It has a lot of detail about the installation:- inspector issues- installer issues- data logging- cost benefit of a…Continue

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Raymond Dias replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion I Need Help as I Now Have the Cash to go Advanced Solar
"Actually the federal tax credit applies to off grid systems as well. There is nothing in the tax code specifying it has to be grid tied. When I put solar on my RV I will be claiming the credit. When I talked to my tax adviser she reviewed the…"
Jul 7
Raymond Dias replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion I Need Help as I Now Have the Cash to go Advanced Solar
"You should be able to claim the 30% tax credit on your federal form. Talk to your tax person. $1,347 tax credit would bring the cost down to $3,144"
Jul 6
Raymond Dias replied to Han Smith's discussion More newbie questions...
"12.8 fully charged. In order to get to a fully charge battery the CC goes through stages (Bulk, Absorption, Float, and equalize - not all CC's have all 4 stages), If you search google on deep cycle batteries you can find many FAQ's…"
Jun 10
Raymond Dias replied to James Nelson's discussion Trojan 105 Golf Battery
"12.5 is 80% so they have some life left in them. If the highest is 13.1 you never get the batteries to a bulk stage to really juice them up. You would connect the inverter to the same locations as the CC, you can leave the CC connected so the solar…"
Jun 3
Raymond Dias replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion Dale; Moe ; Hill ; Don ; All Pros here -- I need help as I now have the cash to go ADVANCED SOLAR
"You could go 48v for anything that is 120 ac and run 2 battery banks. I would suspect the biggest loads you have will be the ones you have to run from the dc to ac inverter. You would connect the inverter to the new breaker box that would feed…"
Jun 3
Raymond Dias replied to Ryan Paul Romero's discussion Dale; Moe ; Hill ; Don ; All Pros here -- I need help as I now have the cash to go ADVANCED SOLAR
"One suggestion would be to go to 24v or even 48v for the battery bank. at close to 1400 amps that's a lot for 12v. You'd gain efficiency and would be able to use smaller cables. Just a thought Another suggestions is what i have seen a…"
Jun 3
Raymond Dias replied to Gary's discussion MC4 chassie mounts?
"Just a concept picture, I am sure you could make a smaller one with fewer connections."
May 29
Raymond Dias replied to James Nelson's discussion Trojan 105 Golf Battery
"How about taking a picture of the batteries and cc. A fully charge battery should read 12.7v here is a chart that i use to evaluate my batteries To see what your state of charge is you would charge the batteries then let them rest at least 6 hrs…"
May 29
Raymond Dias replied to Gary's discussion MC4 chassie mounts?
"you could make one or buy one. some thing like this  "
May 28
Raymond Dias replied to James Nelson's discussion Trojan 105 Golf Battery
"if you get 5.3 then you don't appear to have the batteries hooked up in series. see pic below. the connections from the CC would then connect to the + and - connection ( + To +12v side and - To Ground side) "
May 28
Raymond Dias replied to James Nelson's discussion Disappointmentville, Ohio
"My suggestion would be to get a larger solar panel or two. Up in the banner you will find 100 watt panels and then get a larger charge controller, preferably MPPT. Place the battery/batteries, charge controller and inverter as close to each other as…"
May 23
Raymond Dias replied to ladyhawk's discussion Check me please!
"You might want to research and consider a different CC for the diversion. you can set it to only divert when you hit a set point and disconnect when you go below. "
May 14
Raymond Dias commented on Big Moe's photo
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"So do you also have solar on the RV? My wife and i are shopping around for one this year and i plan on installing solar on the roof as well as maximize battery storage,  "
May 12
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May 12
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May 12
Raymond Dias replied to Mike's discussion Wind Turbine "Dump" set up
"not as far as I know. has to be something that can take the current and do something with it like a water heater element or a coil that dissipates heat. needs to go somewhere."
May 6

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Electricity usage trend - 4 years

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 3:37pm 1 Comment

I have been working on reducing my consumption for about 2 years now and in the last year have added solar to the mix. Below you will see the usage trends for my PG&E electric bill. Starting with the most recent and I highlight the highest month of that year.

From a high in Jun-July2009 of 1252kwh to a high in Jun-July2011 of 855 kwh. That's a reduction of 397 kwh. (Update) New lowest usage was the last bill May-June…

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Solar n00b - my experience with solar - PG&E bill Update

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

How it Started:

I started down the solar road looking for a way to have power while camping. I didn't want to use a generator due to noise so I began looking at various portable solar projects out there. There where lots of already packaged systems some small others more ambitious but they all had a high cost. I also didn't know a lot about solar itself other than the obvious 'sun shines on us during the day". I began reading blogs, doing searches and collecting links that held my…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 5:41pm on July 27, 2011, Raymond Dias said…
Camping with my HF controller, inverter, and 2 85 watt panels
At 6:55pm on May 15, 2012, Brian Dessauer said…
At 7:06pm on May 15, 2012, Brian Dessauer said…

Half way through your blog...time to get kiddos to bed...look forward to reading it after work....looks like I have skipped a few of your headaches...meaning I read about them before I made them myself!...lol...great posting

At 12:56pm on May 19, 2012, W.R. Wahlquist said…

Mr. Ray

Bill from the woods of Minnesota here. I looked at a few of your graphs, looks like your doing well. I'm basically trying for the same here, and playing! I was wondering, I see 2 - 85 watt panels and talk of a few "H F's " . Is this all your using for those results? I'm up where the sun don't shine, MUCH. I have 1250 watts of panels and 1160 amp hours of battery, 2500 watt pure sine wave inverter. I'm generating about 5+ KW's a day now. I expect better in june / july, but then theres dember / january which here will yeild very little.

  Ultamately I guess what I'm asking is does the sun shine that much there? Or do you have panels Iv'e missed?

         Thank's Bill

      

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