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Old 10-19-2011, 12:50 AM   #21
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We live off grid, run a water pump, well 450 feet, and 2 small homes. We have a tracker system with 12 - 135 watt 2x4 panels and 8 - 6 volt batteries (48 volt system).

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I have found that solar panels have become essential part of our economy in saving electricity. I know it has some remedies but think about only benefits it giving to us by providing pollution free zone. Solar power could be next source of energy for consumption and we all going to depend on it.

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I'm interested in this thread. I've been online looking at systems and what I would like is awfully high.
& that's why you hardly ever see them.
Plus about 20 other reasons I can think of.

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I've included here some photos of our setup.




The solar panel tracker has 12, 2x4, 135 watt panels (1.6kW)



The panels feed the suns energy to and through the controller to the batteries and back out the inverter to our household 110v systems, as well through the transformer to the 220v deep well pump.




These are the 8, 6 volt Rolls-Surette batteries wired in series for our 48 volt system......about 3 thousand bucks a set!!!




Irrigation for the garden is from this 275 gallon secondary water tank, we feed from the main 2,500 gallon holding tank. The pump we run to irrigate requires only .3 amps, which is easy on the batteries.




Our primary heat source is firewood, this is early in the cutting season, the pile will be 10 times this by December and then the spitting starts.

As stated in a previous post, we run two small homes from this system. We have no a/c in either. We have about 7 days a year of 100* daytime highs and usually there is a breeze. We are running a fuel fired furnace in one home, 2 refrigerators, 2 TV's, one is a 7 foot big screen, and a couple desk top PC's on a wireless connection.

I also have tools such as a radial saw, table top saw, drill press and many electric hand tools, I run when we are building. Backup power is provided by an 8kW Generac generator.

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Solar Heating + Cooling | Alternative + Renewable Energy | Northern Tool + Equipment


I live in Kotzebue Alaska, some the camps set up solar charged battery packs to pump gasoline with DC barrel pumps. (Aviation gasoline tanks)
Ive seen a variant of the Solar Sheat water heater's up here in NW Alaska

Some pic's of winter days and one of our diesel power plant chugging along at -27F

I during winter days I have to hip check the south faceing shop door because the sun heats the flat brown paint of the door causeing the outer door skin to expand (binds the striker bolt)
15mph winds, -22F and the door is warm to touch on outside (solar heat gain)
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I am running 8 of the 12v panels in banks of 4 (48v system).

I got my solar stuff from Backwoods Solar. They have been great to deal with and worked with me to get my system setup correctly.

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Rex- had a classmate that was Ops officer for the Eskimo Scouts in Kotzebue. Small world.

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Try Backwoods Solar or Voodoo solar... Both are very helpfull in working out what you need. Folks at backwoods lives it. And you wouldnt believe where they work out of..

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I am in solar panel system design. I know a custom solar panel manufacturer who can make panels that fit on different carts. What I want to calculate is how big of a panel would be needed to keep a cart charged all summer without having to plug it in. So, I am going to throw out some numbers.

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