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randall replied to John Salla's discussion Setup of Solar System
"John, Your batteries are at fully charged at 100% at 12.7 to 12.8 volts. Don't worry about the…"
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John Salla replied to John Salla's discussion Setup of Solar System
"Thanks Johann for your reply. Yes, I did hook up the batteries to the controller first and then…"
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Johann replied to John Salla's discussion Setup of Solar System
"Looks like your automatic charge controller is seeing the 24 nominal panel voltage and is trying to…"
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John Salla replied to John Salla's discussion Setup of Solar System
"So, my system is hot.  Here are the readings I am getting.  When I take the voltage of…"
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randall replied to randall's discussion For sale Tiger Claw 1500 Watt inverter
"The inverter is SOLD. Thanks"
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randall replied to dave simmon's discussion Hail Damaged ? Panels Texas
"Dave, There is a 3 part (short videos) series on hail damage solar panels and repair on You…"
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Hail Damaged ? Panels Texas

I have the chance to pick up damaged panels on the Cheep. The Tempered Glass looks like it has been…See More
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Setup of Solar System

Started by John Salla in General Discussion. Last reply by randall on Thursday. 34 Replies

I am trying to set up a new solar system.  I am a novice. Below is the equipment that I have already purchased.  The panel and controller were purchased from a guy that was converting his entire home to solar energy.  I had some solar people look at…Continue

For sale Tiger Claw 1500 Watt inverter

Started by randall in Classifieds. Last reply by randall Jun 22. 4 Replies

I have for a like new Tiger Claw pure sign wave inverter for sale. I also have the original box. I used the inverter one time during a 4 hour power outage. There's not a scratch, ding, mark or dent on it. The price is $145. I can box it and ship it…Continue

Tags: Inverter, Claw, Tiger

Hail Damaged ? Panels Texas

Started by dave simmon in General Discussion. Last reply by randall Jun 21. 1 Reply

I have the chance to pick up damaged panels on the Cheep. The Tempered Glass looks like it has been hit with Hail and has small and I mean super small cracks in it Do not see the silicon cracked at all.Barely see them but they are there. Seem to…Continue

Long Distance Wifi and our 12 Volt Solar System

Started by Renewable Ray in General Discussion. Last reply by Doug Phillips Jun 19. 9 Replies

I am not qualified to do this on my own, but I know a lot of you are. And I think this will prove very valuable for so many forum members since a lot of us are using our solar set ups as a "rural device" for our mountain retreats, hunting camps or…Continue

Tags: internet, Amazon, antenna, solar, wifi

Very small system for a handy city-slicker

Started by Michael Smith in General Discussion. Last reply by dave simmon Jun 19. 4 Replies

http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt-solar-panel-kit-68751-8527.htmlAm i barking up the wrong tree?I rent an apartment in northern Manhattan and I have a huge south…Continue

Survey.....What Inverter Really Has Held Up the Longest?

Started by Renewable Ray in General Discussion. Last reply by mike ehrig Jun 10. 15 Replies

I want to put it out there, what inverter really is holding up the best? I know it's impossible to compare since most of us are not using our inverters around the clock. But I bet after everybody checks in we'll sort through the real junk and a few…Continue

I've Been Away

Started by Ronald Rice in General Discussion. Last reply by Ronald Rice Jun 10. 2 Replies

Two Years Later,My system continues to run well. Six HF kits on the roof of my shed charging two deep discharge batteries which are manually switched to a grid inverter when fully charged. Due for a wash due to pollen but still ok. I only used the…Continue

Using a water heater as a dump load device?

Started by Johann in General Discussion. Last reply by Renewable Ray Jun 9. 1 Reply

Is a water heater a good choice as a dumping device with dump controllers?Many people think that a water heater would be a perfect device to dump power into it with an dump controller.  Why not use the water heater to get rid of the extra power that…Continue

Wind Turbine "Dump" set up

Started by Mike in General Discussion. Last reply by Johann Jun 9. 13 Replies

Hey guys, I have a 600 watt Wind Turbine that I am hooking up to our cabin system to supplement our solar. Our area up there ia known for frequent windstorms. Any suggestions on the best way to hook up a system where when the wind kicks up and sends…Continue

Tags: turbine, wind

Covering panels when not in use?

Started by Carl Stevenson in General Discussion. Last reply by Carl Stevenson Jun 9. 5 Replies

We only use our solar at our cottage in the summer when we are there. When we are not there for a few weeks, or in the winter I take them down and store them. Is there actually any advantage to storing solar panels inside away from the sun when they…Continue

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controller showing 12.06 consistant

Posted by norvel richards on June 15, 2015 at 10:50am 1 Comment

I have a question 

  I have HF panels hooked up to HF controller & controller shows consistant 12.06 and doesn't go up or down when the sun is out or it's dark what could be my problem. Any help would be appreciated.

Is Elon Musk the "Übermensch"

Posted by Renewable Ray on May 7, 2015 at 4:46pm 2 Comments

By Jared Dillian

Elon Musk just…
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