panels

House Panels

WD9EKA Alternative Energy
Off commercial electric since March 4, 2011.

Magnasine control panel

Webcam
Upper left display - Bogart Tri-Metric on the house batteries.

  • Dot under ones digit = battery SOC%.
  • Dot under tens digit = charge/discharge current.
  • Dot under hundreds digit = battery voltage.

  • Upper right corner - Magnum inverter remote control panel.
    Bottom right display - Outback mate showing status of the FM80 charge controllers.

    garage with panel

    Garage Panels

    solar air heater SolarSheats1500gs align=

    Todays PV status
    Graph power data

    House equipment:
    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 at 45 feet on a Rohn 25 tower
    2 - Outback FM80 80 amp mppt controller used for the solar panels
    10 - Duracell GC2 215A/H Golf Cart Batteries 1/3/2014(mixed dates). 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 service notes
    1 - Harbor Freight 68530 7kw 13hp generator. Purchased Jan 4, 2016 after HF#1 blew another seal at 1700 hours. See service notes for further.
    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 equipment:
    1 - Xantrex C-60A charge controller with DVM
    2 - Duracell GC110 total of 215 a/h - Installed 3/21/2015.
    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 can 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
    1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
    2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
    2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
    2013 2014 2015 2016
    1980s solar

    1980s solar

    I constructed this panel in 1980 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 operated one light bulb and a Ten-Tec Argonaut 509.
    Ashmore, il wind

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