Started by MountainDon, January 13, 2009, 02:18:39 AM
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Quote from: Dave Sparks on March 12, 2011, 09:50:05 AM....nightmares about racking systems and panels that don't fit from other forums would shock you. So as long as you buy nice easy things from them all is well, some of the time...
Quote from: MountainDon on March 14, 2011, 05:12:24 PMI had my concerns about that heat tape when you mentioned it. What kind of freezer, if I may ask?One of the issues with an unattended system is what will it do when it's cloudy for days on end? I planned for three days minimum of capacity (actually have more than that as things are). This past winter we had five days in a row on two separate occasions with continual cloud cover. The weather station records illustrated that starkly with the watts/m*m column never getting above two digits during those periods. (That is sun watts per sq meter, not the PV power output. Right now, sunny day it is at 766 watt/m*m. Summer it hits over 1000) That would not be an issue if we were at the cabin; I could start the generator. However, if we were absent and if there was something like a refrigerator operating there could be consequences I'd rather not deal with. For that reason I'd like to have an automatic start generator if we were running a fridge/freezer. Peace of mind insurance.
Quote from: OlJarhead on March 15, 2011, 11:13:41 AMI was told that getting a fridge without a freezer is the key to using less energy.
Quote from: MountainDon on March 15, 2011, 12:17:54 PMHmmm. Where did you hear that? How much less? A top load freezer or fridge will be use less electricity, so if the freezer is a top load that can be very good. I've also read and believe that a top load fridge uses less electricity than an upright. But they are the very devil itself for convenience of use. Are you aware that residential fridges and freezers are meant for use within a temperature range of something like 60 to 100 degrees. It's obvious that when in a hotter location the unit will consume more power. But it is not obvious, in fact it is counter intuitive, to think that in a colder location (like 40 degrees) the unit may also use more power, not less.
Quote from: Squirl on March 16, 2011, 09:46:40 AMMy view is that the local hardware stores and electric supply sell the UL wires and other parts I would need, but not the off grid components.
Quote from: Squirl on March 16, 2011, 09:49:22 AMThanks Dave. Inspection is certified by any licensed electrician.