Off the electric grid since March 4, 2011.
Upper right corner - Magnum inverter remote control panel.
Bottom right display - Outback mate showing status of the FM80 charge controllers.
Todays PV status1 - SolarSheats 1500GS air heater
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
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
Pictures of July 14, 2009 upgrade installation: upgrade
1 - Xantrex C-60A charge controller with DVM
4 - Duracell GC110 total of 430 a/h - Installed 3/21/2015. Replaced 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 can can serve as a secondary backup for the house.
Alternative Energy Forums/Websites:
12 Volt power
Links to Alternative Energy Vendors:
Arizona Wind and Sun
the Alternative Energy Store
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.
This wind generator is located in Ashmore, IL next to a John Deere dealer.