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 Summary of A little about our Off Grid Solar set up
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Our personal Solar story :
A bit about our Solar setup

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Our personal story : ( the short version lol )

We began our venture into off grid Solar over 7 years ago now. We,when we began,only ran a tiny 640W system !! that’s right ! , less than one kilowatt! and to quickly answer any obvious question regarding how was our life living with that tiny system? , well , we can tell you that it sucked big time !!. I must admit that at the time many years ago,we did already understand quite a bit about life with solar from research we had done for a few years prior, but nothing could match or prepare us for the actual harsh reality of moving away from the grid and trying to live with ONLY 640W’s …. !

The moment we moved in with our little Solar system, one line of words became very common on a daily basis and bloody annoying for particularly myself. The loud yell from the house to me from Kerri ( my partner) rang out all to often !

” Steve!! , the powers gone out again !! ” yikes!, did I get sick of hearing that! .. lolol Our 640W was good for next to none of the things that on grid, we were used to doing. On a daily basis, turning the TV or computer on was a risk! , even hitting the lights was a hit and miss situation most evenings.

Now, again I must admit that we had a rather old battery set, that should have been swapped out at the start and turned into 6 boat anchors ! :- ) but we tried to get by for as long as we could with them . ( btw that was a big mistake! ) that I will elaborate on later in this article.

Moving quickly forward over the past 7 years, we now live with a really comfortable total of 4 KW and 1000amp battery bank made up of 12 2volt batteries. Our system is made up of 3kw @ 240volt ( through the inverter ) and 1kw @12volt ( I will explain why we use both later ) These days we run very close to what would be considered to be a very normal home,using all the mod cons and even a big arse cooler in summer ! , so life for us now after 7 years of lets say interesting power availability or capacity, is dam good :- )

A brief run down on our totally off grid power setup

I am not going to go on about our first tiny solar system , but I will show and explain our latest effort in this area of power supply.

As I have mentioned , we now run a 3kw (which is by no means huge ) 240V system along side all of our 4 separate 12 volt lighting setups .

This may sound strange, but until you have gone without power and light for a while , I suppose “redundancy” is not an issue you would be aware of.

This pic below is of our 240V power control board.
It is a 24volt input from our panels It does look quite expensive, but for what it does , it was a great value spend .

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This board is connected to our 1000 AH (amp hour ) battery bank, made up of 12 / 1000amp 2volt batteries, pictured below.

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The pic below is of one of our little 12 volt lighting power controllers.

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They are only 20amp and have only one 200W panel powering each of the 4 we have spread around the property. Each of these is connected to just one 200AH (amp hour ) battery . This type of tiny 12 volt setup runs all the LED lights that we have , which number in total around 35 .

We use these so that it will never be the case , that all our lighting goes down at once! One of these setups run the main house lights, another runs the little house we call it ” stand alone flat and one runs our large shed lighting and yet another actually powers the bridge lights....
(the bridge pictured in our header)

To be continued :- )
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