panels

House Panels

WD9EKA Alternative Energy
Off-grid officially since March 4, 2011.(+4 years)

Magnasine control panel

Webcam
The red display is a bogart Tri-Metric monitoring the house batteries. Red dot under the ones digit is battery SOC%. Red dot under tens digit is charge/discharge current. Red dot under hundreds digit is battery voltage.
Display in upper right corner is the Magnum inverter remote control panel. The bottom right display is the Outback mate showing status of the two FM80 charge controllers.

garage with panel

Garage Panels

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Todays PV status
House power:

1 - 100 watt Arco Tri-Lam PV panel (in use since 1990 and 2 moves)
3 - 120 watt AP-1206 . 1 on line 5/1/99. 2 and 3 on line 7/9/99 note 1, 3
4 - 130 watt KC130's . Online mid May 2008
6 - 205 watt KD205's . Online July 14, 2009
1 - 300 watt Southwest WindPower Air 303 mounted at 45 feet
on a Rohn 25 tower
2 - Outback FM80 80 amp mppt controller used for the solar panels
8 - Duracell GC2 215A/H Golf Cart Batteries 1/3/2014 . These replace 8 US Batteries L16HC 6V/420A which were put in service 4/9/09. see service note2
1 - Magnum Sine 2800 with Trace DC250 Cutoff
1 - Coleman PM9375 7.5kw 16hp generator. Converted to propane fall 2012 (out of service as of 8/2014 no AC output)
2 - Harbor Freight 66604 6.5kw 13hp generator, both converted to propane note 4
1 - DC charge cart - 8hp briggs and 10 SI alternator. Converted using an adaptor plate from The epicenter


1 - SolarSheats 1500GS air heater

Pictures of July 14, 2009 upgrade installation: upgrade


Garage power:
1 - Xantrex C-60A charge controller with DVM
4 - Duracell GC110 total of 430 a/h - Installed 3/21/2015. Replacing 4 1/2 year old Exide/Rural King batteries
1 - Trace DR2412 2400 watt inverter
1 - Samlex 600 watt PSW inverter
2 - Sunelec 90 watt PV panels
1- Arduino networked auto generator starter

The garage power system has 1/2 the battery capacity and 10% of the charging capacity of the house. It is configured so that it can serve as a secondary backup for the house.

batteries
wind generator
auxillary power unit
hybrid and panels

Alternative Energy Forums/Websites:
12 Volt power

Links to Alternative Energy Vendors:
green-trust
Arizona Wind and Sun
Backwoods Solar
the Alternative Energy Store
Sunelec miami
Solar power data updated daily
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1980s solar

1980s solar

In 1980, while in college I became interested in solar power. I constructed this panel from 36 Radio Shack 1 amp cells The cost was around 10 dollars per cell. It worked for about a year. I kept a plexiglass cover on them when I wasnt around. It ran one light bulb and an Ten-Tec Argonaut 509.

Ashmore, il wind

This wind generator is located in Ashmore, IL next to a John Deere dealer.