Installing Solar on the Homestead

  • BiggKidd

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    September 10, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    You might want to consider panels that can follow the sun manually. We have a lot of cloudy mornings and being able to point the panels at the sun can make up for half sunny days.

  • BiggKidd

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    September 10, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I made a simple pole mount that holds 4) 300 watt panels and can manually tilt and turn.

  • BiggKidd

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    September 10, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    DDidn’t have pictures on the computer had to get the tablet.

    • 1000MileVision

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      September 10, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      if it can stand the wind GREAT JOB . I HOPE IT PERFORMS WELL FOR YOU

  • BiggKidd

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    September 10, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    It’s been up for quite awhile now without issue. The pipe is 42 inches down set in 280-300 lbs of concrete. Actually I think it was more than that. IIRC it was 7) 60lb bags but it could have been 5) it was one or the other.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by  BiggKidd.
  • MartHale7

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    September 13, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    I adore the video you reference at the top of this thread, his wood work is amazing, looks like he is prepping for the big one.

    I have 4 K of Solar been off grid for a year. Glad you are getting your solar online.

    • 1000MileVision

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      September 19, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      i LOVED THIS MANS SYSTEM AND BECAME A FAN GIRL . so i am copying and scaling down his work to a one 320k permanent solar panel to recharge my Echo Flow Delta 1300 solar Generator.. i have all the components but the (solar panel in shipping.. ) I have wiring,lumber, built the concrete bases, cut and installed the pylons. BUT because the panel or size could change dimensions & winter is around the corner . i am stopped before joining the wood framing to the pylons till i get a hold of the solar panel & verify its dimensions; as the panel has change on me once already… I will keep people informed with pics when i start the assembly. best wish all

      • MartHale7

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        September 19, 2022 at 8:12 pm

        Thanks for the update,

        I have been cutting trees on my property but they rot out as the base. I am thinking of getting some chain link fence posts and mounting them. Thanks for sharing your progress.

      • 1000MileVision

        Member
        November 25, 2022 at 10:04 pm

        4 ” Oil Pipe works very well

      • MartHale7

        Member
        November 25, 2022 at 10:09 pm

        Thanks for that, I have been looking for chain link fence posts, I may need to visit some scrap yards.

  • 1000MileVision

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    September 10, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    i am doing a permanent solar panel mount… this is for me a pilot entry for finding sources, limitations, how to do cost control and limit project creep. I bought this solar panel based on the specs and limitation of the delta 1300..https://unboundsolar.com/10000049/heliene/solar-panels/320-black-mono-perc

    next i plan a bigger project based on my lessons learned. The goal is a 10kw system 10-20 panels (4-6)48 volt batteries & two EG4 6500EX controllers for Code Compliance.

    this all my change, but are my current thoughts best guess cost $15-17k

  • 1000MileVision

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    September 10, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    i am in the center of the nation, Kansas so 38 degrees is generally all i need. and juice is not worth e squeeze here…in terms of cost . However preventing wind damages vs cost out lays here is a big deal

  • 1000MileVision

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    November 25, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    So here is my update on my solar build… I AM SORRY I WAS SOO SLOW GETTING THIS DONE & POSTED.

    i wanted to be able to supply power to my pellet stove to heat the upstairs of my home when the power goes out cost was about $2000 : for 1 320watt panel 40×65, 1 Echoflow Solar generator , numerous cables, conduit, & clamps, wood 4x4s & 2x4s to build the horizontal rack assy. Two Unplanned events that were addresses 1 three hundred lbs rock that was dugout and pulled out of the way than about a 500Lb stone that could not be moved so we tunneled a path around it like the train do in the mountains .. Now the photo images other build and the up and working system.

  • 1000MileVision

    Member
    November 25, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    SOO HERE IS THE TRENCHING AND CONDUIT ROUTING

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