> 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
consumes **29,000**W of power per day.
- A 100w solar panel on an MPPT [[electrical:solar:charge_controller|controller]] will harvest an average of:
* Chi... ter kettles
* electric space heaters
* [[hvac:solar_ac|air conditioners]]
* electric coffee makers
... nvested thousands of dollars in battery banks and solar, or run a [[electrical:generator|generator]]
====== 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
ternator voltage to specific voltage [[electrical:solar:charge_controller_setpoints|setpoints]] instead o... ion as it might seem since lead-acid [[electrical:solar:status#in_absorption|current acceptance drops sub... ach day.)) This is where [[electrical:12v:alt_and_solar|a bit of solar helps with the long-duration duties]].
DC-DC chargers are often triggered by the IGN cir
====== solar sizing - the Big Picture ======
There are many [[electrical:solar:sizing#calculators|calculators where you can plug... you will need.
===== overall economics =====
Solar is extremely expensive when used alone. Since solar is dependent on local conditions one has to size the
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
t can affect that." -- Cariboocoot((https://forum.solar-electric.com/discussion/comment/152013#Comment_152013))
====== Factors affecting solar panel output ======
For various reasons **it wil... under great conditions, and much less under poor solar conditions.
===== charge controller type =====
Due to their design, [[electrical:solar:charge_controller#pwm|PWM]] and [[electrical:sola
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... /Full charge// means charging to the [[electrical:solar:charge_controller_setpoints|battery manufacturer'
====== 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
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.
[... at that voltage//." - secessus
====== Augmented solar charging ======
Alternator + solar charging has
r]].((or doing something exotic like [[electrical:solar:shallow_cycling|shallow cycling]]))
===== w... oads]].
* **easy 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
style:words_of_wisdom|Words of wisdom]]: "....the solar oven is a very good mimic of a crock pot slow coo... Bob Wells((https://www.cheaprvliving.com/cooking-solar-oven/))
====== Solar ovens ======
Solar ovens are devices that concentrate and retain heat from the sun to [[food:cooking|co
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