> A good solar system is one that meets //your// needs. -- jimindenver((paraphrased))
> The fastest way to bring beginner expectations of solar in line with reality is to **assume you will run ... . -- secessus
====== A gentle introduction to solar ======
This page aims to provide beginners with a basic overview of solar power for nomads. There are oversimplifications
====== Real world solar configurations ======
This is a collection of real world solar setups used by nomads. They are grouped roughly ... al text.
The purpose of this page is to help the solar-curious see how other people have set up their so
nvested thousands of dollars in battery banks and solar, or run a [[electrical:generator|generator]]
... cal:12v:loads|load]]-wise, will make [[electrical:solar:gentle_intro#first_things_firstdaily_power_requir... system. This requires:
* clever [[electrical:solar:rationing|rationing of power]],
* running non-essential loads [[electrical:solar:nonessential|at the right time]],
====== Sizing a solar installation ======
Sizing **residential off-grid solar configurations** is relatively easy: calculate po... 0906013732/http://www.solarpowerforum.net/forumVB/solar-energy/1793-basic-off-grid-solar-design.html)) an
estyle:words_of_wisdom|Words of wisdom]]: //"Any Solar is better than no solar, but having too much solar is difficult. The best solar systems are those which can keep the batteries the happiest. Happy batteri
brightly every day. -- Cariboocoot((http://forum.solar-electric.com/discussion/comment/250894#Comment_250894))
====== Solar power ======
[Note: a [[electrical:solar:gentle intro|gentle introduction to solar]] is also available]
Solar (photovoltaic or PV) power is an e
r]].((or doing something exotic like [[electrical:solar:shallow_cycling|shallow cycling]]))
===== w... g
* **easy/cheap to run** off a [[lifestyle:faq_solar_generator|portable power pack]]((which you will h... small ($) house power system: Example: 200w of solar and 100Ah of battery.
* [[food:refrigerati... power fan motors)
* gaming laptops run off solar during the day
* 120v refrigerators off [[e
h this page was written with alternator-augmented solar charging in mind, the general principles also apply to solar+[[electrical:shore_power|shore power charging]] and solar+[[electrical:generator|generator]] charging.
====== Augmented solar charging ======
Alternator + solar charging has
stiff source with unlimited energy and time. Your solar is a very soft source of unknown power and only a... ng((https://www.solarpaneltalk.com/forum/off-grid-solar/batteries-energy-storage/299490-bulk-absorb-float... ))
====== charging deep cycle batteries ======
Solar charging setups cannot charge at night so the mos... charging (shore power? alternator?) combined with solar can be ideal:
> "High amps in the morning when mo
====== Factors affecting solar panel output ======
For various reasons **it will be a rare event when yo... ler type =====
Due to their design, [[electrical:solar:charge_controller#pwm|PWM]] and [[electrical:solar:charge_controller#shunt|shunt]] charge controllers wi... output can be increased somewhat by [[electrical:solar:pwm_tweaking|tweaking battery voltages higher]].
cted words of wisdom ======
===== a/c =====
>"[solar powered A/C is] not a lost cause.. we just seem ... (http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/Thread-Intro-Solar-Questions?pid=192079#pid192079))
> "While AGMs a... (http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/Thread-Intro-Solar-Questions?pid=192079#pid192079))
> "[LiFePO4] ba... combined bank. Unless your charger, alternator or solar/wind system is pumping out an incorrect voltage f
====== Is my solar working? ======
Note: for simplicity's sake this art... s [[electrical:nominal|nominal]] 12v [[electrical:solar:panels|panels]] and 12v [[electrical:12v:intro|house power]].
It is common for those with new solar configurations to worry about whether or not they
built campervan or build my own]]?
* How much solar do I need to [[hvac:solar ac|run an air conditioner]]?
* How will I [[electrical:12v:laptop|charge m... y laptop]]?
* Should I get a "[[lifestyle:faq_solar_generator|solar generator]]" like a Goal Zero?
* How will I [[food:coffee|make coffee]]?
====== Solar panels ======
Solar panels, also called photovoltaic (PV) panels, produce DC power from sunlight to cha... The panels can be used single or in [[electrical:solar:series vs parallel|series or parallel]] arrays.
... n oversimplification, admittedly)) a [[electrical:solar:charge controller|charge controller]] is placed b