Originally Posted by havasu
Honda makes great generators, but mucho mula!
man tell me about it!! they make outstandinding gennies, but you pay out the butt for them.
i have 15 15 watt solar panels, a 60amp/3600 watt charge controler, a 500 watt grid tie inverter, and im going to be picking up 10 deep cycle batteries to start my battery back with(i want 20-30 deep cycle batteries when i'm finished). i'll have 225 watts coming off the panels in the best conditions. the charge controler has a dump cycle that when the batteries get charged up it kicks over to another outlet. that is where you hook up the 500 watt grid tie inverter and you just plug it into a normal gfi wall socket in the house. it then slows the electric meter way down and if nothing much is running it turns it backwards. i plan on putting up 30 of these panels and a 1800 watt wind turbine a little at a time. i'll have to go with a larger grid tie inverter when the turbine goes online into it. i figure by that time i can pretty much stop the electric meter unless the central air kicks on in the summer.
i have been looking at several other peoples set ups. they are mainly just using 9 of the same panels i'm going to be using. they spin thier electric meter backwards when they are just running a few cfl's and a tv. i figure starting with 6 more panels and later adding another 15 panels i can do more than they are. they have thier systems hooked up next to thier braker box. i'm getting a 12ft wide x 14 ft long out building to sit next to my garage. everything will be in the building. i'll run a few cfl's in the building and maybe a stereo. it'll be a hang out place for me and a few friends and a place to park the 4 wheeler and lawn mower so i can again park in the garage.
anybody else playing with solar and wind turbines on here? i'd like to see some more setups to see if it is any different than what i am planning to do with mine. i'd like to use the 30 panels and two 1800 watt turbines. i'd have to step up to a larger charge controler and grid tie inverter for 2 turbines and 30 panels. that would be a total of 4050 watts of power in perfect conditions. the battery bank would never get below 75% charge with that kind of power, and i could run a few odds and ends off of the battery bank and not worry about in at all.