In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system.
This is the fifth episode in the Going Off-Grid series. To start at the beginning, go to episode 9, Going Off-Grid – Introduction.
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Overview of My Home Solar System (Video Portion)
Main Components of My Home Solar System
Though these components make up my home solar system, I do not necessarily recommend or endorse all of them. I’ve learned a lot since installing this system and there are many variables that go into designing a system for your unique situation. As we cover each component in greater detail in future episodes, what will work for your application may become more apparent.
- IronRidge 3” Ground Mount System @ 56 Degree Tilt
- 24 ReneSola 305W JC305M-24/Ab Panels (8 strings of 3, 2 arrays)
- Outback Radian GS8048 Inverter/Charger 48 VDC – 8KW 120/240 VAC
- Outback Load Center GSLC175-PV-120/240 w/FNDC
- Outback MATE3 System Display and Controller
- 2 Outback Flexmax 80s MPPT 80 Amp Charge Controllers
- Outback Battery Temperature Sensor
- OutBack Communications Hub HUB10.3, 10 Ports
- Outback FWPV-12 Combiner Box, 8 strings, 2 Midnite Solar Surge Protectors on 2 runs
- 48V 750AH GB Industrial Battery (24-125-13) w/watering system
- Yanmar Slow-Turning 5KW 120/240 VAC Diesel Generator
- Generac XT8000E 8KW 120/240 VAC Gasoline Generator
Some Pix of My Home Solar System
Series vs Parallel
I mentioned in the video that I would provide links to understanding series and parallel wiring. I also mentioned that I would provide pictures and diagrams of my solar system. As it turns out, this became a great opportunity to kill a few birds with one stone. I wrote an article entitled, How & Why to Wire Solar Panels in Parallel or in Series. So all the information on series and parallel, along with images and diagrams of my system are neatly packaged in that one article. Check it out -> HERE.
Before we begin to invest a bunch of money into an off-grid system, we need to consider how we can limit our energy needs. So our next episode will be Reduce Electric Consumption.
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