I thought I'd do a thread about my solar setup. I haven't seen any on here as big as mine, and I think some of the products/methods I used might make some people have a better understanding or get some ideas of their own about solar power.
2 fully independent systems:
12V system with 1 300 watt panel into a PWM controller into an 8D battery in the original battery location. I use this system for the 12v lights, the starting and running of the bus, the water pump, composting toilet vent fan and ceiling vent fan.
24V system with 3 300 watt panels into a Midnite Classic 150 charge controller into a 24V battery bank consisting of 8 6v lead acid batteries with 12kwh of capacity into a tripplite inverter with 2400watts of continuous output. I run my fridge, 20 gallon hot water heater, house lights, computer, electric tea kettle, air conditioner and whatever else 120v stuff I want. I seem to generate about 4kwh a day easily.
The bus has 4 300watt Trina panels mounted on the roof using a racking system made by Unirac
The panels are combined in a rooftop combiner box made by Soladeck, right now, Im just stringing all 3 panels in series for the 24v system and the 12v panel just has a home run MC4 straight to its charge controller. I only use the buss bars and combiners for the 24v system.
All my DC wiring for the 24V system goes through this box where my inverter and charge controller connect to the batteries. I have a shunt for measuring my ah in an out of my house batteries. Every run of wire has a breaker on it and the charge controller has arc and ground fault protection built in.
Scored a nice little AC breaker box. Hard to find these new anymore
All buttoned up
Right to left: 12V system charge controller, 24v system charge controller, 120v breaker panel, 24v breaker panel, inverter
The cables from the 24v battery bank are 0000gauge with 00 gauge battery interconnects--all the same length. The wire from the inverter to the DC box is 00 gauge as well. BIG WIRES=Good life