Off-grid solar powered cabin update – Outback Power Systems

Finally, moved off grid. Using the Outback Power charge controller and grid interactive inverter I am producing a surplus of electricity and sending it to my…

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  1. Christophe HUBERT
    July 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Very interesting, looks like Outback is a good choice for this solar setup

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  2. ro prepper
    August 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Looks nice congratulations, one thing if you can put the batteries down it
    will be murder to service them also if something leeks or spills will
    destroy the expensive equipment below

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  3. Justin Case
    August 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

    looking good mate :). its all down to fine turning. I am doing the same
    with my system right now. Sorting out the bugs and fine turning it. Solar
    is fun :)

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  4. Felton Rolle
    August 18, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Looks great! Continue the good works! I just love free hot water!!!

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  5. kvusmc
    August 25, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Nice Setup Buddy Awesome System

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  6. HamrickCE
    August 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Only way to go. So many videos of people’s failed equipment. I wasn’t
    interested in replacing things constantly… plus, lifestyle is a choice
    not a necessity.

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  7. HamrickCE
    August 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I don’t have a monthly utility bill. Being connected to the grid is not
    necessary for this system… it is just nice to send the surplus to someone
    instead of that energy being lost. Before I did this I managed to reduce my
    energy cost to $40 month.

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  8. HamrickCE
    September 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    24 would be more efficient than 12, 48 more efficient than 24 or 12… the
    higher the voltage the more efficient. But if you plan to use a bunch of
    12v appliances then converting down from 48 to 12 will loose efficiency.
    Better to build a 12v system for that task. Build the system according to
    your needs.

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  9. hdidane00
    September 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    can i use 24v panels for a 12v setup or am i better off with 12v panels?

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  10. Amanda Rodriguez
    October 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    that is a very nice setup. You have definitely put some money, thought and
    time into it. Just wondering about the panels, are you concerned with how
    low to the ground they are? Just thinking if a large animal might climb on
    top and scratch them. Or how secure they are so no high winds might blow
    them around. I’ve seen some well tethered modules get blown off here in FL.
    All in all, a very nice setup.

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  11. Luis Gálvez
    October 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hello, great configuration! Please let me know what’s the Charge Regulator
    and Outback Inverter’s models and how many Trojan batteries do you use. I
    want to setup an off grid system too. Regards,

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  12. Luis Gálvez
    October 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    are those the Outback Charge Controller 60 MPPT and Outback 3048 Inverter
    rigth?

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  13. HamrickCE
    October 2, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I can’t think of animal that would come that close to the cabin, much less
    decide it is a good idea to climb up on top of my solar panels. Since I
    made it clear that this is a work in process it should be obvious that
    their location and frame are temporary. They survived the tornado that
    landed 400 yards away so for now they should be fine. The frame I want is
    about a $1000 and costs just as much to ship. I don’t work so money comes
    slow.

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  14. HamrickCE
    October 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Everything is outback. I have the 60 amp version. The inverter is the 48v
    sealed unit. They make a 48v vented that can handle a few hundred more
    watts but I went sealed. I currently have 8 Trojan T-105 RE batteries. They
    are 6v so it takes 8 to get 48v. Be sure to get the voltages programmed
    into the charge controller, each battery has it’s own voltage specs. I
    haven’t had time to make a video on that yet.

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  15. HamrickCE
    October 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Correct.

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  16. hermand Vogel
    October 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Are you going to raise the panels off the ground so wildlife won’t “Step on
    them”? Also, do you “Sell” the current or do they just take that OFF you
    bill?

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  17. HamrickCE
    October 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Wildlife isn’t going to step on the panels… But when I do get the money I
    will be getting a real frame. Wood is a poor choice for long term. My
    neighbor is connected to the grid, I don’t deal with bills anymore. I give
    him surplus electricity and he gives me internet. Net metering is available
    in my state, I believe they pay 12 cents over and cut a check at the end of
    the year if they owe money.

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  18. HamrickCE
    October 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Wildlife isn’t going to step on the panels… But when I do get the money I
    will be getting a real frame. Wood is a poor choice for long term. My
    neighbor is connected to the grid, I don’t deal with bills anymore. I give
    him surplus electricity and he gives me internet. Net metering is available
    in my state, I believe they pay 12 cents over and cut a check at the end of
    the year if they owe money.

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  19. HamrickCE
    October 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Wildlife isn’t going to step on the panels… But when I do get the money I
    will be getting a real frame. Wood is a poor choice for long term. My
    neighbor is connected to the grid, I don’t deal with bills anymore. I give
    him surplus electricity and he gives me internet. Net metering is available
    in my state, I believe they pay 12 cents over and cut a check at the end of
    the year if they owe money.

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  20. Felton Rolle
    October 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Have a look on utube, you will find some very good ideas as it relates to
    framing! Great job!

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  21. PuppetMaster
    November 30, 2013 at 5:45 am

    You king.

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  22. Bio Power
    December 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Must be fun taking the batteries out every 3 months to top them up or are
    they sealed?

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  23. 1timby
    December 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe I’m confused. 600 watts for AC is around 6 amps. So 12 gauge wire
    should be more than enough. 14 gauge wires is good to go for 15 amps at 120
    Vac.

    Nice system BTW…LOL

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  24. Dyk Boi
    January 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks heaps for sharing

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  25. Fred Jones
    January 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Why not have the panels on the roof

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