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#1 k4fcp

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:35 AM

I've received quite a few questions about solar power. I would be glad to do a detailed "How to" if there is enough interests. This would assume the reader knows nothing about solar power, and would be a detailed piece with pics, several different options, batteries, and COST. I've been solar-powered for 8 or 9 years, made lots of mistakes, and learned a lot by trial and error and not reading directions. Just send me a note with "Yes" in the subject line.

After I do the "how to", if anyone has questions about their particular situation, I would be glad to address these as well. Anyone interested?
Tnx!
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#2 sparky1

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:19 AM

Rich;
I think it would be a great if you would---I bought the 45 watt one from Harbor Freight---bulky-to be able to use--but I would enjoy anything you have to Offer to us all.
sparky1 in Southern ,Va.


#3 Jim A

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:38 AM

Rich,

Sure would help me a lot. Although there are lots of discussions of adding solar power, most seem to stop short of exactly how things connect up once the wire is inside the Casita. And what options there are between the solar panel and the battery. The panels are easy to choose from (well sort of) but between the panel and the battery connection there seems to be sort of a void. Sure would like to see how the panel to battery connection takes place (is it as simple as positive to positive and negative to negative at the battery posts?), how this interacts with the factory wiring including the inverter, and the different options for power monitoring, and how that connects in the circuit.

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#4 Josť

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:47 AM

Rich,

That would be great !!! Now-a-days, eveyone is talking about alternative sources of power. However, when you do internet searches you constantly get confronted with the "Sales Pitch" web sites. I really want to acquire the knowledge first, then subsequently be able to make an informed decision if I want to purchase any thing.

As you mentioned "different options, batteries, and COST". You should also include reference to suppliers.

Yes, very interested.

Josť - KP4BM

#5 highwayfl

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 11:05 AM

yes, i am interested
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#6 dindan3

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 02:13 PM

Yes, please!

Thank you!

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#7 Art Davis

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 02:32 PM

Rich,

A very timely topic for me. Sure I would be most interested.

73,

Art


#8 Prairie Wind Travelers

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 02:46 PM

I also, would like to learn about solar power to provide additional energy to my EGG.

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#9 edharris

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

Rich,

Count me in as a yes.

Ed Harris (the one from TX not MO)

#10 TNHausKat

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 03:27 PM

YES!

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#11 Cleo

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:00 PM

I would be interested in receiving infoon solar .Cleo Riverrat78232@yahoo.com

#12 Horace & Dianne

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:08 PM


Yes

Edited by Horace & Dianne, 23 March 2009 - 04:09 PM.

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#13 dbaustin

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE (Horace & Dianne @ Mar 23 2009, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes

Ordered our SD today and would love to know more about solar options. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Dan

#14 chuck99

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:23 AM

yes
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#15 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 12:05 PM

Another vote for YES.

Eileen


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