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Old 08-29-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Adding Solar to Shorty .

We been studying solar for several years now. Much to learn when you new to it. Anyway we purchased some of what we need and keep finding out more as we go. Just figured I would start a thread about solar as we hook it up and see if anyone else is.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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Mods please move this thread if I put in wrong place. I just noticed a forum about solar after I posted this. Let me know. Thanks.
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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There's a wonderful thread for everything you need to know at

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...ging-puzzle-2/

I'm a month to 3 from getting solar in my bus so I encourage you to check in with me around the end of the year .
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:25 PM   #4
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Thanks TAOLIK ,I will check the site you gave me. And will check back with you later to see how yours went .
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:45 PM   #5
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It's a tough read to get through because Handy Bob is very longwinded and particularly enjoys typing about his pet peeves. That being said, it's an incredible resource for any 12V wiring, and especially for solar.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:48 PM   #6
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You right sproutroot, I been reading HandyBob's site for the last two hours and it is quite interesting read and very informative too. I am going 12 volt too , so it helps me a lot with all the studying we have done to get it right the first time.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:43 AM   #7
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Guess the Mods are o k with my thread here. So if it is , I will continue my updates here. I am clearing stuff out now with the wife, to make plans where everything will work best. Reading what I was told on Bob's site, you should never have charge controller and batteries in same box together because of heat. But you should keep them close to prevent resistance dew to lose of your amps. I will have to extend the the battery box for my 6 t-105 trojan golf batteries. And make separate departments for charge controller and inverter.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:50 AM   #8
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I suggest you spend time reading all you can on the Northern Arizona Wind & Sun forum - there's a lot of wisdom and knowledge there that could possibly save you a lot of grief and money. That's essentially where I've learnt what to do for my bus's 2kW solar system.

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Old 08-31-2016, 01:34 PM   #9
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I suggest you spend time reading all you can on the Northern Arizona Wind & Sun forum - there's a lot of wisdom and knowledge there that could possibly save you a lot of grief and money. That's essentially where I've learnt what to do for my bus's 2kW solar system.

John
Thanks Iceni, I will go there too and read all I can. Your solar is 2ooo watt? I 'm starting with 400 watt first and see how it goes. And yes , all the greif I can miss is fine with me. Ps its funny how you brought that site up, because I just received my Trimetric monitor and shunt,and cable from N.A.W.S. today. lol
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Old 08-31-2016, 04:38 PM   #10
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Yup, eight Sharp 255W panels in two separate tiltable arrays, each array feeding its own Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 charge controller that will charge its own bank of four golfcart batteries. Essentially it's two separate systems running in parallel, with their outputs combined through two 250A Schottky diodes to a common 12V load center.

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