The costs of off-grid systems have come down over the years. However, solar power is still no small investment. But there are significant savings to be had by reducing our electric energy footprint. So, to put first things first, we’ll take a look at ways we can reduce electricity needs. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Reduce Electricity Needs 1”
Yeah, I’m kinda excited about our tropical fruits growing in central Alabama. But I also needed to post something to test out our new email delivery system. The previous email system quit working when we changed hosting accounts (along with a bunch of other stuff).
This is the first pineapple we’ve ever grown. I doubt it will ripen before the first frost, but maybe I’ll get it moved inside and it can ripen there.
This huge creature is as long and thick as my index finger and looks like he immigrated here from another planet.
In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Overview of My Home Solar System”
When connecting multiple solar panels into an off-grid energy system, there are a few wiring options: parallel, series, or a hybrid (a combination of the two). In this blog, I’ll show you the basics of wiring solar panels in parallel and in series. Then, using my off-grid system as an example, we’ll see why we would use one or the other, or both. Let’s start off with a quick comparison of parallel and series circuits. Continue reading “How & Why to Wire Solar Panels in Parallel or in Series”
Much of the Higher Octave audience would consider themselves “self-reliant” or “self-sufficient”, or at least striving to be so. I, too, am in that camp. But a series of recent personal events has caused me to consider a balance to this approach to life. Continue reading “A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken”
How do we get our typical household 120 VAC current from a 12-volt battery? Let’s take a look at a simple inverted system which provides that function. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Simple Inverted System”
When we rely on solar power for our off-grid system, how can we have power when the sun isn’t shining? Let’s take a look at a very basic system with a battery. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Basic System with a Battery”
What is the simplest solar system? Let’s take a look at one. Though it will not take our entire house off-grid, we can get our feet wet as we work towards understanding off-grid systems. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Most Basic Example”
Since this is the 2nd time I’ve replaced this Radian board, I thought I’d video the process. Continue reading “Outback Power Radian GS8048 PCBA Control Module Replacement”
One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do I go off-grid?” This is the first episode in a new series that will help YOU answer that question. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid – Introduction”