I have done it. I have stepped into the world of solar power. Not in a big way mind you – just a baby step.
I just picked up a Harbor Freight 45 watt solar panel kit. After doing some research I decided to start out with this kit. It is not the cheapest dollar per watt kit out there – but was not bad at all. I paid $136.00 for the whole kit – and now I will add an inverter, batteries, and auxiliary equipment.
I am no expert when it comes to solar stuff. I know you need the panels, a voltage regulator/controller, an inverter, and batteries. To summarize – the panels convert energy from the sun into electrical energy and the controller regulates the current charging the battery. The battery? Stores the energy that the sun provided. The inverter converts the energy stored in the battery from DC to AC current to power…..whatever.
As I go along I plan to learn a lot more.
This is part one in the series as I document my progress.
Any suggestions would be welcome. Part two coming soon.