Originally Posted by Ez2b
Did you install your system on your RV yourself?
The question on the wiring came from youtube I saw somebody using solid copper wire that was a professional and it made me wonder
Thanks for your reply that definitely helps.
I have been studying for a little bit I am a licensed general contractor in California
Really never thought about solar till I had a problem with my RV dry camping once ran out of batteries. in my quest for RV solar I did stumble across some systems for homes which perked my interest.
I definitely don't know enough right now to do my own install just trying to get a little educated so I know which direction to goto in regards how much power I need help you say I got to sit down and work out the supply and demand
Where in Cali are you located? I am near Silicon Valley.
My RV had the solar on it when I bought it used. I am planning on seriously upgrading it in the future since as it sits you can't dry camp without the generator. The RV was really built for the old retired couple who drives to Vegas and plugs in. Got a great deal on it.
I do have a Xantrex 2.5 Prosine inverter/charger that I am planning on installing on the RV when I get the panels for it. I can use up to 10 250 Watt panels, though that takes up a lot of space on the roof. That will be about $200 per panel for new ones, or I can get used ones cheaper. I saw a complete 2.4kW grid-tied system on Craigslist for $2000 which is a downright steal (its in the East Bay if you are interested! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ele/3914322314.html
The house has one south-facing roof section that holds all of the panels. There are 60 Sunpower 200 watt panels. Two Sunpower inverters handle the load. We had it installed June of 2010 and have produced 43,216 kWh in that time. Here is a pic of the roof. Note that we only have partial exposure due to our location. You will get seriously degraded production from any shading. My panels are wired in zones to maximize the different shading situations throughout the day.