Thanks for posting this. I love her solar info. I am determined to find a way to solar power a small fridge and a couple of lights for evening. I know that solar has been discounted here, but it seems there are people who manage to get by with it. She doesn't even have a generator. That's awesome!
Goal Zero is supposed to have a new solar generator out, but I haven't looked into it yet. Anyone that has tips for making this kind of system work, please share!
I don't discount solar. You just have to have a system that can generate enough amp-hours to replace those you use. Those little panels you see for sale on Ebay or at Walmart just don't cut it. It's expensive unless you build your own panels, which is quite easy (if tedious), if you can handle a soldering iron. A 60-watt panel can be built for less than $100.
Yes, it is, rvdiana. I, too, would like to know where to start. You are my hero! I hope you will answer questions on the forum here (rather than just email) so all of us can learn from you. Would you please tell us about your solar panels (i.e., where you got them, how much you paid for them, how you installed them, and what they can power)? Thanks for your help, Lou
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I dont' remember where I got my panels, but they cost about $500 each for the 2 of them. Anyone who sells them can probably install them. I have heard that after this year, the cost of panels will increase because of extra taxes on imports. Solar panels don't power anything, they charge your batteries, and then the batteries power things. What they will power depends on how many batteries you have, and what size inverter. I have 3 Group 27 AGM batteries, probably more than I need. Then I have a 1750 watt inverter, enough to run the microwave, and anything else except the a/c. I also have a small inverter for the TV and satellite receiver. Hope this helps! Diana
Lopo, if your budget allows it, start with the lifestyle end of your equation and design the system to fit your needs, rather than starting with a certain solar panel/battery combination and modifying your lifestyle to work within its limits.