DIY Solar Power System

Finally comes the day where I am going to build my first solar off-grid system. Since my father-in-law is an electrician, we have lots of little solar creations at our barn. The problem is, when somebody does it well, it’s hard it force yourself to really learn what is going on.

Solar Power System – What do I NEED?

  • Solar panels
  • Charge Controller
  • Inverter
  • Battery or Batteries in a Grid-Tied System

The solar panel’s energy is directed first through an inverter to make the electricity more useable by the devices we want to power with it. From the controller, we see the flow to batteries for energy storage or to direct energy use. We also see the possibility of selling electricity which is for our example today uninteresting.

Right now I’m only interested in building a system with a battery for energy storage, eventually batteries for a grid-tied system.

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