Here is the strait truth about solar. I know the solar company’s are not going to like me after this but I live on solar everyday I know the facts in and out. Debunking …
Like everyone else has already said; MPPT controller. It'll be the best purchase you have ever made regarding solar.
Also, like others have said, your panels REALLY look like they're partially shaded for at least part of the day.This could actually be costing you efficiency of other panels, depending on configuration, as well as definitely killing the output of one panel.Even a small shadow can really harm a panel's output. Maybe trim back those plants a bit? 😀
thank for the honest truth
close to the price I paid but you sir need to get a life. you might have paid whatever you said but you need to stop complaining. good luck to you
old people time they pay off this they well die of old age and the payments are higher then our old way.and you caint get the power you need who pays for the maintenance its going to be high ones from collage well charge us 500 to 1000 dollars to fix breakdowns if they stop coal people could die of heat stroke.if people buys gas for generator gas prise well go up buy big n-gas tanks put on land use n-gas if you own home and land connect n-gas to generater from large natural gas tank on land ..trump said coal well be here power bill now going up from duke power in nc.
buy generator runs on n-gas-or diesel fuel connect solor panels to run generator.
batt dont last long.time you get it paid off you die of old age and its nor safe you well die of heat stroke in summer .i bought one for 350oo at h-f-its 8ooo btus.
waste of time, And you got ripped off
I'm sorry, but the "Nasty Truth" is that you did not properly plan your Power Budget. A properly done Power Budget takes into account: voltage of the the system, items you plan on using, how much wattage they take per hour, average daily sun, etc. All this information is then put into a spreadsheet that calculates what size system you need; panels, batteries, etc.. A good power budget also allows you to choose how many days of 'no Sun' you want to plan for. So the "Nasty Truth" is that you did not research enough; sorry. Solar works great when the system is designed properly.
wholesale rates for solar panels are 35 cents a watt now
Thanks man for your honesty.
That solar charger is rubbish… threw mine away and got a real one. Problems went away.
that was a waste of 22 minutes of my life
Save energy – save money. An energy efficient car and home saves money.Save money by looking long term and not short term. Spending a little more for energy efficiency saves money long term.An electric vehicle will save money over the long run. Walking, bicycling and mass transit are better yet. I had an energy efficiency audit on my home and and followed the recommendations given. I added insulation and sealed air leaks. My energy bills went down 30% the following month. I am now replacing light bulbs with LED's which are 85% more efficient. Spend a little money to save money every month after. Electric car, electric lawn mower, electric snow blower, no emissions.
A 5,000 watt air conditioner would be huge! What you mean is a small air conditioner is 5,000 BTUs. A 5,000 BTU air conditioner is just under 1500 watts. A 2000 watt Inverter should run it just fine.
nobody talks about the loss the earth will have when so much solar power is converted to electricity rather than being used by plants to grow. If the sunlight is diverted in such large amounts to run our power grid, soon there will be food shortages and a large drop in the global temperature, as there is a finite amount of sunlight reaching the surface of the planet. Rather than blankets of clouds causing a nuclear winter, it will be the solar collectors causing the end of life…
ever heard of shading??
Thanks Daniel for sharing your system with us. Solar is definitely a luxury and a lifestyle change. Your the power company, lineman appliance repairman and electrician weather we like it or not 🙂
Very good explanation on your setup and how to do it cheap. Everyone's circumstance is different and so their system will be different. Good video.
yes you are right. a solar backup system can be expensive. I could not afford $30K for a small system. so I built my own. i mean I custom designed the PC boards for the MPPT charge controller and wireless monitoring system. I still have about $2,700 in a 1,200 watts of solar and 10K watts of battery. your right about harbour frieght. i would shy away from most of their solar products. Although I do use the 300A battery disconnect switch.Taking a quick look at your system I see a common mistake that bit me in the butt for months. resistance in the wiring connections and the type of bolt hardware used. heres a test. when the panels are really putting out measure the voltage drop on the positive wire and then on the negative wire. Add it up, multiply by panel voltage. If more than 2 watts then theres a problem. I had a huge 50 watt loss. My problem(s) were, corroded battery terminals, using dissimilar metals, loose fuse holder connections and using cheap glass fuses. Oh thats why my 30A load was blowing a 60A fuse. loose contacts, getting hot and melting the internal connection inside the fuse. in 28yrs of elec engr never saw that before. would love to chat more with you. I don't mind sharing my experiences with you.
you said the smallest ac you can get is 5000 watts? you not only dont have a good grasp of how solor works . you dont know the difference between watts wnd BTU's. you can most certainly run a. 5000 btu window ac off of solar . without the use of a generator. provided you use quaility mppt charge controller, and wire your system correctly. what you have not done. cheap Chinese cotrollers and wired bass acwards ,for 20$ will not work!!!! this my friend is why your bashing solar? your lack of true knowledge about solar performance is why your flustered and whining , this is your fault. accept it ,invest in better equipment. you will be glad you did. lesson learned.
we live in N.W. Arkansas, live in a 1800 sq ft hybrid earthbag home, and cool our house with an 5000 btu window unit, 3.2 amps X120 volts= 384 watts, making it very doable on solar, thermal mass is amazing, earth is an amazing efficent building material
Bro, with that setup in the wooden shed, you are going to have a fire. Put them in metal enclosures and save your land. Electrical devices are in rated enclosure for fire control only, no other reason. GET THEM! Also, its six amps, no sixty. Most panels will rock 30-35VDC at 8A max. When you string them together, you add the voltage, the amps remain the same unless you combine additional strings – which you did not. You will benefit greatly by getting some individual MPPT electronics. Like a shitload of benefit. You getting there, giving the finger to big power. Good on ya!
And this is why we are working on mini hydro off our stream. We will only have about 500w BUT that is 24/7 rain or shine, wind or no wind. Water power was on our list when we were looking for our homestead. It doesn't just happen unless you have at least a 35' head on your property and a decent year round flow. I feel your pain. Ck out our Smoky Mountain Aquaponics and Homesteading FB page as well. https://www.facebook.com/SmokyMountainAquaponics/
Crappy inefficient charge controller….
Good video, thanks for the information. I support solar and it is good to see someone talking about the difficulties of solar energy collection. Clearly the most important reason for needing solar or an alternative energy source is the fact that you are a homestead. Having lived that life as a child for several years I know exactly what you mean. I remember we also had a generator for charging some batteries. Unfortunately we were in Nova Scotia at the time so solar energy simply wasn't an option. Particularly as that would have been the 1970's. Cool system, would be great to see one up close one of these days.
I forgot why I wanted to post something. Your link to the July 5th You Tube channel doesn't work. (Probably a typo). Thanks!
I personally thank you for this video. I'm not quite to this point, but I enjoyed watching what you have to say. I'm kind of shocked by all the thumbs down, too. Does this community (off grid) have lots of judgmental people who dis others for not doing thing their way? I'm not accusing them, just curious. Many of the comments are trying to be helpful with suggestions, but some are just rude. I guess you have to have thick skin to be a YouTuber. ☺️
and that's the problem. you have to have redundancy. if you don't have enough light to power your system you should have wind, or a generator, or have a connection to the power company or all of it. or you're f'd.
You got a decent inverter. Why do you have cheap charge controller?!!!!!! Ebay chinese made piece of junk. They are OK if you are using it for RV purposes. Do yourself the favour and and get the Conext MPPT 60 charge controller or better. Where is your PV combiner panel???? (Fuse each panel and a diode to ensure no back feed from other panels. Solar panels are not all the same. Dude you need to do some serious homework!!!!
I paid $1600 for my 18 panels. I am very happy ever time I send Duke Energy a check for $13.
Use a timer to shut down the refrigerator for the night.
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