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This represents my final installment for designing your own alternative energy system. I will take a break for a while though. It looks like my next video will be battery maintenance.

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19 Comments on "Step 5 Solar/Wind Power: Charge Controllers"

  1. Michael Shin says:

    Fantastic explanations. I have been an a mature pv person for a while. Been gathering good components to take the house water heater, boost pump and lightings. My well pump only costs $7 per month so will leave it connected to the grid. So far my garage lights, three small chest freezers, washing machine are off grid. Thanks

  2. no school would teach these for free! keep emailing coming brother and thank you.

  3. good video! thanks for your efforts!

  4. Steve thanks for the video, gave some good advice. I went to college to learn all this but you have pur this into more usable advice. I have a baldor industrial permanent magnet motor that I want to use as a generator. It is rated at 180 v @ 1800 r.p.m. The biggest thing that concerns me is choosing the right blades to do the job…

  5. Magnum now makes there own charge controller, the PT-100. It has 200 volt max input and 100 Amp out.The best thing is it does talk to the Magnum system and the remote!!

  6. alainmcin says:

    Hi, at the bottom is the forklift battery specs I would like to use with a Magnum MS 4448 PAE inverter($2400)…
    with a diesel as a backup and 3000 watts of solar panels with a 80 amps voltage controller…
    Am I overkill if I want to use 6 kWh a day with a 3 day reserve….Cheers
    24-85-13..cells,/ plates/height
    48volts
    804Ah @20hrs
    $4,689

  7. Mike Man says:

    I am confused. You talked about your inverter charging batteries so why do you need a charge controller. Thanks This is the best solar series on YouTube

  8. Lou D'Iorio says:

    hi Steve,
    fantastic videos -always learning something new (love it)
    am interested in the workings of the charge controller based on the number of panels -i think you are saying the higher the PV voltage output the better bec the CC regulates the flow

    i have a magnum48v-classic 150CC and 8 batteries -my panels are set up in sets of 3(255watts each) output 90V per array–have 4 arrays

    from your video it seems tht there could be other setups tpo produce more power
    Lou

  9. This was a great series. Very well done. I look forward to watching some of your other videos.
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  10. Nice one understood most about solar planning. Thanks man !!! Will do calculations

  11. kweku69 says:

    I had watch all the series and you provided a ''common sense'' approach in making the solar alternative energy purposeful and easy to follow.

    Good luck !!!!

  12. ELMATRACA69 says:

    Let’s be real. The only reason not too many people/houses go green = solar/wind is due to the COST.
    Homeowners want to keep the same life style not sacrificing inconveniences.
    (Running the Central A/C 24 hrs day + 200 gallons water heater + cooking using electricity /etc.)
    Keeping the same style of living in references to electricity mean… Paying a high cost for solar/wind systems.
    Be independent mean sacrifice some comfort in your life style or money in front for alternative energy.

  13. Ged, keep an eye on my playlist labelled "Solar De-Install / Re-Install". It will discuss system topology and panel interconnects thoroughly. However, it will be over the course of the next three months because it is a current ongoing project.

  14. In regards to Fed tax credits, you definitely should consult your accountant. Anything I say here is personal thinking and experience, and we all know my accountant can say one thing and yours might say another.
    I would say that your thoughts for your system are good, as long as your needs calculate a good match.
    Thank you very much for your kind words! It's your type of comments that keep me going!

  15. Mac2001xoxo says:

    Thank you for the 5 wonderfully narrated videos, made me realized one needs to do lot's of homework just to planned it out carefully, job well-done my friend! Regarding fed tax credit, are you saying I can just buy the stuff I need in Home Depot and give my accountant the receipt? I am planning on a stand-alone solar battery backup system with 4 x 250w panels, Macnasine inverter you used, a cheap Ramsond charge controller, and about 400-800ah AGM battery bank to start. Thanks again!

  16. Most of my alternative energy experience was gained through trial and error and reading up on lots of books-no Internet back then.

    I live in a rural area also, but still had to have it inspected-laws do vary.

    I wouldn't put any kind of batteries in a basement that gas, so that leaves only gel cells or AGM batteries for basement installation.

    Federal Tax Credit Program is based in how much you spend on it, and is not based on how it is installed. If you have receipts, you have tax credits IMO

  17. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am interested in installing a system similar to yours. Is there a good installation reference for the DIY person that has a fair amount of experience working with electricity? We live in a rural area and do not have any inspectors. Is it a good idea to put everything in the basement so the batteries stay cool? We live in the south and it gets quite warm in the summer. Can we still get the federal tax credit if we install the system ourselves? thanks again

  18. Thanks John! Will do.

  19. MrJohn196741 says:

    very good video steve please make a lot more

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