Originally Posted by OwllieDriver
We are building a store front into our bus and dont want to spare money by getting a generator or be limited to plug ins. We are definitely doing solar. I just don't know what our needs will be. It's only 2 of us but we will both be having a job on top of operating the store at festivals and events. I know we need the wifi booster but I happen to see where a dude in a van had 600w solar system and powered basically most of the stuff we will be powering including the led strips inside. The only thing is, we aren't in a van we will be in a 40ft bus. The budget for the solar system is 3000-4000. I know nothing about solar and we cant afford to scuff on our power source.
Best place to start is get a ballpark for what your needs are. Its really hard to offer advice or to determine what size system you need without knowing how much energy you will use. You can get a ballpark idea of what's possible by looking through other peoples' build threads and looking at their systems and what appliances they power.
The best way to get an idea for your needs is to make a list of your appliances/electrical devices, the watts they consume, and the hours per day they will run. At least do this for your largest consumers. Even just ballparking is a good start.
For starters, maybe just list the electrical devices you hope/want to power