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Long Distance Wifi and our 12 Volt Solar System

Started this discussion. Last reply by John J. Jul 17. 14 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…Continue

Tags: internet, Amazon, antenna, solar, wifi

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Carrier Jul 15. 20 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…Continue

Remembering Denise McCracken

Started Jan 7 0 Replies

It dawned on me today that we have a lot of new members here that probably don't know who Denise McCracken is....or was. Our old timers remember her all to well. This lady was really something…Continue

Tags: solar, crane, mini, McCracken, Denise

DM Solar 158 Watt Solar Panels.....Two for only $388.00

Started this discussion. Last reply by James J Thompson Jul 1, 2013. 9 Replies

DIY Solar Energy Forum sponsors…Continue

Tags: voltage, warranty, current, volt, 12


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Renewable Ray replied to Carl Stevenson's discussion New batteries charge different than former batteries?
"Well said Gene, my impression was ....nothing wrong, just a little different. Keep us posted Carl, this is good stuff."
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Renewable Ray replied to dave's discussion Grid Tie Inverter
"Great post Phil, and this is a valuable conversation that deserves it's own thread. I would be happy to start one if you don't feel like having to manage the traffic. But this is a critical conversation to have as DIYers make the critical…"
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Renewable Ray replied to jpf's discussion Tired of Looking at the 2014 Date
"Also, it has to do with search results. Having it in the title helps people find that forum that may own the DM panels and don't know about our group."
Renewable Ray replied to jpf's discussion tired of looking at the 2014 date
"LOL....No jpf, it still serves a purpose. Or at least as much purpose as the other groups that members don't use. Obviously it's all about the general discussion around here. But we'll let this ride."
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Installing your new Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit

You bought the Harbor Freight 45 watt solar kit, now what? This is the place to come and get help setting up that new kit and taking the next step. No question is to basic, our great members will help you get started!See More
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Renewable Ray replied to Ron P.'s discussion Making a 12 Volt Battery Bank Using QTY 6 of 6 Volt GC2 Batteries
"Hey Ron, greatdiscussion here. You know, I think some people have a bad experience with something like a 6 battery bank and blame it on the number of batteries when in reality it's the way it's wired together. We are lucky here to have…"
Aug 25
Renewable Ray replied to randall's discussion Hunting Stand
"If it's not a hunting stand we need an explanation asap.....LOL "
Aug 25
Renewable Ray replied to Carl Stevenson's discussion Linking new batteries with old
"Do not do it, the new batteries will have about the same expected life in them as the old batteries do after a few short months. You are adding twice the capacity, be proud. If it was me I would put the old batteries to work in a separate side…"
Aug 24
Renewable Ray replied to Carl Stevenson's discussion 6 Volt batteries---Costco Canada
"Is it these made by Johnson Controls? At 135.00 you guys are getting are getting killed. In the states we normally pay between $70 and $85.00 for the Costco house brand 220 amp hour. I'll be in there this week I'll take a picture of what…"
Aug 23
Renewable Ray replied to James Nelson's discussion Simple Set Up No Results
"@ James....Your small set up is great for that "twisty light bulb" but it's not really anything that can be used with high amp draw tools etc. Read everything on this forum about the math of all of this. My best suggestion is to not…"
Aug 15
Renewable Ray replied to dave's discussion Grid Tie Inverter
"My take is that you would be further ahead to just use the power over night. What little bit of energy you will add to the grid will not pay for the grid tie inverter before it has to be replaced unless you are going to purchase a high end unit. How…"
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"Thanks Randall, and of course. Speed reading while admining and moderating does not suit me obviously. RR"
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Renewable Ray replied to Joan Robichaux's discussion High reading on front of charge controller
"Hillbilly Gene....we appreciate you not being brief.   ;-]"
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Is Elon Musk the "Übermensch"

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

By Jared Dillian

Elon Musk just…

Beyond Tesla: The Huge Profit Potential of Lithium

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

By Tony Sagami

One of the stocks that I get the most questions about is Tesla. I’m not sure whether investor interest is due to the gorgeous lines of the Tesla Model S, its amazing high performance engine, the high flying stock, or the energy saving nature of all electric vehicles….. but Tesla is a very popular subject.…


Thomas Edison’s Dream Smashed

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Are You Sure You Want The Economy to get Better?

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 2:21pm 6 Comments

I think if you ask the general public who the average "do it yourself solar energy enthusiast" is they would say he or she is someone who is trying to save some money. And sure, that's true for a lot of us. Including me! 

But that is just part of what motivates most of us, I think most of our members are motivated by what I call "fear of being plunged into darkness". And no matter how small your system is you will avoid that when Mr. Big Grid decides it's your "brown out day"…


Comment Wall (58 comments)

At 8:16pm on February 20, 2010, tagger gave Renewable Ray a gift
this is for for setting this blog great work and HF panels are a way to get started tagger
At 9:48am on March 15, 2010, Stosh Mankiewicz said…
Thanks Ray. I posted a simple question yesterday. I just set this thing up.
At 12:52pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 12:53pm on April 01, 2010, Aaron Johnson gave Renewable Ray a gift
At 9:03am on April 16, 2010, Tre' Ridings said…
Thanks Ray! I've been following the forum for awhile now and finally picked up a couple of the HF kits and ready go!
At 8:17am on June 15, 2010, carl b gave Renewable Ray a gift
Thanks Ray
At 11:12am on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Has anyone used an MPPT controller with the Harbor Freight 45 watt kit?
At 12:07pm on June 26, 2010, sikes mccord said…
Discount Solar lists an MPPT controller(250 watts) at $109. I wonder how that might work with the Harbor Freight kit.
At 1:50pm on July 27, 2010, MAZY said…
Thank you. This is a nice entry level sight.
At 7:26am on September 1, 2010, Bill Van Datta said…
Kinda interesting place here. I'm just beginning my quest into solar power and in the process of learning. The HF set-up is really a great way to do it. Its perhaps not the "best" machine but its low price and availability will launch many DIY folks into the quest to instal and become familiar with this technology. I'll visit and post here when I have some questions and have something to report.

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