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Old 10-11-2015, 07:10 PM   #11
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I have simplified the system a little bit. I justified the cost of the MPPT controller based on the savings in wiring the panels in 72 volt configuration.

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Old 10-11-2015, 07:14 PM   #12
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I have the center row now mounted on top. I used a 1" angle aluminum from Grainger. It was the cheapest structural material I could find and light to boot. It feels really ridge and rocks the whole bus if you try to wiggle it.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:55 AM   #19
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Sweet setup.

I love the way you made the front angled for better aerodynamics.

About time some one built a decent size solar array.

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so do those panels have a cover over them? i see some kind of rounded plastic looking thing. If that's the case, that must wreak havoc on their output--I have 1200 watts of panels, and the highest output ive ever seen them give me is around 900 watts. if there is any dirt/debris on them, the power drops quickly--id do some testing and see how much power you're actually getting out of those panels. you might want to try and find a way to replace that cover if you can.

Im also running a midnite cc and 8x t105 batteries with a 24v inverter. its an awesome setup and it runs everything i need easily. i never worry about my power and i can even run my welder for short periods of time!

great idea about running 12v loads in series to make 24v--ive been looking at 24->12v step down converters

do you have plans for a breaker box of some kind? how are you combining your solar panels? I used a rooftop combiner box and a dc load box with 175 amp breaker.

also, have you picked out your battery cables yet?? that's an expensive item that you don't want to skimp on.
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