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Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?

 
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Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
I've read a few things on it, but the prices are all over the place. We live in the Tampa area so we get plenty of sun and our house is pretty small at 1200 sq ft. Anyone gone off the grid, how much did it cost you?
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
Hey have you heard about this

Thread: Nano Solar energy
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
It's gonna cost at least 20K to buy the panels, inverter and batteries. Probably more.

There's ALOT to it, maintaining batteries, checking inverter controls frequently. Twice a year you have to change the angle of the solar panels.

Best to find someone who already is using solar and get them to show you their setup and talk costs.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
I've read a few things on it, but the prices are all over the place. We live in the Tampa area so we get plenty of sun and our house is pretty small at 1200 sq ft. Anyone gone off the grid, how much did it cost you?
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Right now the technology is not perfect. People are combining solar with other methods to be able to get all of the power they need. There is however a study being done right now to create a polymer that will be able to absorb the energy needed instead of using the current technology.



Also if you are interest I have a thread open about these ideas. THE FUTURE: Thread: THE FUTURE
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
If you hire someone to put in the system, don't take their name for it that they know what they're doing. Check references, and dig and ask. If things aren't done right, some of the problems won't show up immediately, but within a year or so--batteries burning out when they shouldn't be, and troubles with the inverter panel being the most common.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
try "Les Stroud : Off the Grid"
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[link to www.nanosolar.com]
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That is awesome TY so much :)
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
Check Home Power
[link to www.homepower.com]

Better start than many .

Backwoods Home is another goodie .

[link to www.backwoodshome.com]

Best to ya .
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
I've read a few things on it, but the prices are all over the place. We live in the Tampa area so we get plenty of sun and our house is pretty small at 1200 sq ft. Anyone gone off the grid, how much did it cost you?
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It's much easier to go "grid tie" then you don't need batteries.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
the bummer with the grid tie is if power fails in local area even with panels you wont have power

also just ask question why are you doing this
as science keep promising us the cheap polymer panels
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
Ask Trinity too. He is in the middle of a big project himself.

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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
I've read a few things on it, but the prices are all over the place. We live in the Tampa area so we get plenty of sun and our house is pretty small at 1200 sq ft. Anyone gone off the grid, how much did it cost you?


It's much easier to go "grid tie" then you don't need batteries.
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Yes. We are doing this. NICE tax breaks, incentive from power co, plus deal with power company to buy our excess power.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
I've read a few things on it, but the prices are all over the place. We live in the Tampa area so we get plenty of sun and our house is pretty small at 1200 sq ft. Anyone gone off the grid, how much did it cost you?


It's much easier to go "grid tie" then you don't need batteries.


Yes. We are doing this. NICE tax breaks, incentive from power co, plus deal with power company to buy our excess power.
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Yeah that's the big plus with grid tie. Some states buy extra power at generous rates. Ideally you will get a check every month instead of paying an electric bill.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
It's gonna cost at least 20K to buy the panels, inverter and batteries. Probably more.

There's ALOT to it, maintaining batteries, checking inverter controls frequently. Twice a year you have to change the angle of the solar panels.

Best to find someone who already is using solar and get them to show you their setup and talk costs.
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Wrong. Unless you just want to spend all that money.

First, educate yourself.
Then for a moderately premium system, buy yourself 24 deep cycle batteries @$60/apiece.
4-6 70 watt solar panels @$700/apiece.
a good controller @$800
a good trucker's converter @$150

I have a 1200 sq foot cabin.
I have 10 batteries and 2 solar panels.
I supplement my solar with a Honda generator in the evening when I use energy the most. My fridge is only on during this time or during very sunny days and everything keeps cold just fine. I must use the generator to wash clothes however. And I line dry.

No dishwasher and I use gas for cooking and as a supplement heat as well as for hot water. I am very conscious about energy and it has become a habit...a way of life. It is wonderful. Difficult only for a little while but the benefits are extraordinary.

If I had the system described above, I wouldn't need the generator so much. Also, I'd like to add wind power to the mix.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Anyone know anything about going off grid with solar?
Mr. Solar had the best prices around . Maybe still .

[link to www.mrsunsolar.com]

Kansas Wind Power also has some nice specials pretty regularly .

[link to www.kansaswindpower.net]

Don't forget to consider shipping in overall cost .

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