lol Same here! Nice, huh?Mosiquitomountainman and Gypsysue, glad you are both off the grid and on solar. Should take a poll and see how many others are lurking around. When people talk about the grid going down for one reason or another, I always kinda chuckle as I don't even know it until I drive into town (26) miles and find out everything is closed because there is no power for the computer cash registars , lights and ac. LOL
Not only is it nice, but should the grid really go down as several people including me think will happen, we will still be able to run our refers and freezers etc. I stock extra diodes for the panels, 3 ex. charge controllers, and even a spare 2500 watt mod sine wave inverter with a large battery charger built in.lol Same here! Nice, huh?
There are at least a handful of us totally off-grid people on the forum. They're kind of laced all through pertinent threads.
are you going to SPAM every single solar thread pushing your product(s)?Most people exploring solar spend a lot of money learning the hard way that there are companies that want your money, but don't want to give you anything for it. There is nothing you can do with a 200 watt system that matters, especially in an emergency. In an emergency, you need your fridge or freezer working, not a light bulb so you can save candles. When the food gets hot, you have two days, max, to eat it. We've all been through outages longer than that.
For real education on Solar before you spend money, see Sound-Wisdom.com, and call them up for free education; they don't skimp. Their system is turnkey, plug and play, and you can expand it indefinitely, adding panels and batteries, even from other companies, to the point that it will take your whole house off the grid.
Seriously. Don't waste your money. Use Sound Wisdom, and you'll be glad you did.
LOL, the best part, is they use "Satan's Own Battery Terminals" and they fund a Christian Missions Outfit. Gotta love it...not.
Choices, choices, choices. What's a person to do ? Well, I started with a small but fairly good system. I was framing a large house for a man who was starting up a solar business here locally. in the time I was out there, I started learning a lot about what brands do what and price also. Yes, it is very confusing at first. In fact , after 16 years , there is still so much new stuff which only adds to initial confusion.I have been busy reading up on this solar subject.In this catalog they have Xantrex,Samlex,Morningstar power inverters.
Prostar,TriStar,SunSaver,Xantrex,Phocos,Outback Controllers.Also KACObut high dollar,too much for me.
Sharp,Kyocra,Canadian Solar,Evergreen,CDT solar5 panels.
Which one should I consider?Last years catlog,so don't know if price has changed. Thanks.