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How to Install Harbor Freight Solar Panels Part 1

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This video shows how I used the 45 watt solar panel kits from Harbor Freight and also their single 15 watt solar panels to create a array of 28 panel delivering 420 watts. During the summer and fall in Texas I can count on a solid 8-9 hours of good sunlight so solar power makes sense to augment my wind turbines. Solar panels are easier to install and require less upfront work than wind turbines. In this video I show you the hardware you need and how to assemble and wire the solar panels for quick production.

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37 Comments on "How to Install Harbor Freight Solar Panels Part 1"

  1. pageJust google 'inplix' , take instructions and make it yourself :)

  2. Norman Islas says:

    Check InpliX handbook if you want to make it cheaper and better.

  3. I think that is nice movie. However you can make it yourself. Just google INPLIX and learn how to do it easily.

  4. I bought instruction from inplix and I built it very cheap.

  5. You should go to Inplix if you'd like to make it by yourselfs guys.

  6. You can learn more about it on INPLIX website.

  7. i made it too. just used InpliX instructions. just click the pig on that website :)))

  8. ron guin says:

    I have almost 10kw solar/wind array….I still play with HF panels and love them. amorphous panels still produce well on gray days and a small system has plenty of use for out door LED lighting and other light tasks. work the coupons and parking lot sales to buy the equipment right.

  9. Hello thank you for this video!!! I was wondering how many panels would I need to run a 60 watt laser cutter?

  10. econewpower says:

    Yes, thanks. I used the unirack system for my Sharp panels but you still need to perforate the roof at intervals to hold the rails to the roof. The exception is when you have a metal roof that has vertical ridges which mine does not and in that case they have clamps available. Thanks for the post!

  11. econewpower says:

    Yes, thanks. I used the unirack system for my Sharp panels but you still need to perforate the roof at intervals to hold the rails to the roof. The exception is when you have a metal roof that has vertical ridges which mine does not and in that case they have clamps available. Thanks for the post!

  12. Pete Muir says:

    Hi. I am not affiliated with this company in any way but I wanted to share a clamp system for your metal roof. It might be a better solution than piercing the roof. You may already know about them but just in case here you go: Find them at wholesalesolar and search for Unirac SolarMount S-5 Solar Panel Mounts

  13. Pete Muir says:

    Hi. I am not affiliated with this company in any way but I wanted to share a clamp system for your metal roof. It might be a better solution than piercing the roof. You may already know about them but just in case here you go: Find them at wholesalesolar and search for Unirac SolarMount S-5 Solar Panel Mounts

  14. hey, I know this isn't a new vid, but I wonder if it is necessary to have an even number of panels to wire it so that you have a 24 volt circuit? I have seven panels, but will I need eight or ten if I get another set, to wire this way?

  15. numheed says:

    Hi Al, that's 4800w humm, my son never has a pot of tea out of his hand what do you think a 240vac kettle will serge too ?.

  16. econewpower says:

    In theory if you can output 4Kw @ 24vdc, then you'd draw 166 DCA at maximum load and if you allow a peak of 12Kw then you'd draw 500 DCA momentarily. I would personally use a 200 DCA breaker or fuse between the batteries and the inverter – but that's what I would do.

  17. numheed says:

    Hi, I've just got a 12000 peak or 4000 con inverter pure wave 24vdc to 240acv, can you tell me how many amp you draw at one time and what kind/size of fuse or dc breaker you have between battery and inverter on the dc line. cheers P

  18. Glenn Hough says:

    you really got some cool stuff here… and thank you for showing how to install this things…

  19. try this thread: ABOUTSOLARCELLS.COMXA.COM me and my friends are happy, more can be found on page,we reduced budget home and now we are thinking to sell energy

  20. How long it would take to charge a 12 v deep cycle battery with 45 watt solar panel set? Thanks.

  21. pcars says:

    I feel much better about this now, Thanks

  22. econewpower says:

    My video instructs you into nothing, it is only showing how I did it. If you're new to electrical, don't know the electric code in your are then you are foolish playing with electricity that can kill you or burn your home down. If someone is dumb enough to cut any pipe – water or electric – without first finding the source and the destination, then they are just as foolish. Non-responsible adults need not visit this channel, you assume all responsibility and I assume none.

  23. econewpower says:

    Obviously you've not watched the video and speak out of ignorance. My kits came with steel stand and not plastic stands, however, I don't use them. Watch the video and learn that I make my own frames from treated wood. Second, I don't use the instructions in the kit nor the components of the kit, just the panels, wired to 80 volts for my system. If you can't follow simple written instructions of a ready-to-use kit, you shouldn't be playing with it, but if you must, find another video.

  24. econewpower says:

    Really? They were installed on April 2010, it is now almost April 2013, hmm…let's see, we've been through two hurricanes, wind storms of winds to 50 mph and guess what – they're still up there. I always get a kick when people just make a statement like this without any explanation as to why they think what they think.

  25. DePrepper says:

    shows how technology is changing….nowadays u can buy a single panel with 400w!

  26. David Shores says:

    HI Al…I'm also in Texas…East Texas. My question concerns transforming the 110 volts we get from an invertor to two 110 volt legs so we can run a 220 volt appliance…I bought a step up transformer but the 220 volts it puts out is all on one leg or wire as opposed to two 110 volt wires…obviously this won't do me any good…there must be a splitter or something and I believe you've done this in your system…please, any help appreciated?

  27. econewpower says:

    Because at the distance from the panels to the charge controller I can use smaller wire which is a lot cheaper.

  28. econewpower says:

    I have no idea, the cosmetic difference does not affect its performance.

  29. James, Moore says:

    I have one question. Why did you choose to wire them in series where you had 24 volts? Is there some benifit to that? I was just going to hook mine up in parallel and do 12 volts. Is there any advantage to 24 volts vs 12? THanks.

  30. pidner says:

    You can use it to charge a deep cycle battery,and run stuff,not alot of things,but like a couple lights,or a radio,charge cell phones,shit like that.just cause its only a 10 watt dont mean its junk,Ive been camping to where I would have loved to had a 10 to help out my battery for my trolling motor.

  31. econewpower says:

    Not sure what you can do with a 10 watt panel either.

  32. i have a 10 watt panel and iam trying to fig out how to hook it up not sure what i cando with a10 wattpanelprob not much great video i just sub your channel

  33. nice trucks andcar that i seen thro the panels great video

  34. econewpower says:

    The lag screws go onto the 2×4 frame

  35. econewpower says:

    Glad I could help, good luck with your project. Rather than buying Harbor Freight panels, go to the Home Depot web site and order Grape Solar panels or kits which are much cheaper on a price per watt basis. The kits come with just about all you need and they are excellent quality.

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