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DIY Solar General Discussion

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Show and Tell

Post your DIY solar power system! Pictures or it didn't happen :)
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Solar Equipment Vendor Review Corner

Want to share your experience? Post it here
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Beginners Corner

Embarrassed to ask a question in the other boards? New to solar? This is your spot :)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Safety Check Section

Post pictures of your DIY system, and have other people check for safety issues
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Up in smoke... learn from my mistake!

Did your experimental battery or home built inverter experience a rapid, unplanned disassembly? Reverse polarity a $3K inverter, and see it go up in smoke? Share it here!
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Solar Systems

Vehicle Mounted Systems

RV's, Vans, Trucks and More! Typically 12v, and 100-1000w, but the limits are endless!
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Marine

Building a system that can withstand a marine environment is difficult! Talk about it here
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Tiny Home Systems

Power your tiny abode with solar power! Cabin, Shed, Shipping Containers and more!
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Off-grid Living Discussion

Cooking tools, heating and cooling, dealing with winter sunshine and more!
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Offgrid Solar Array Mounting Discussion

Tips and tricks for mounting solar panels to different roof materials and environments
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Residential Solar

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Sizing, Planning, Codes and Regulations

Energy Audits, Roof Planning, NEC, Local Ordinances, TOU Plans and more!
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Solar Water Pumps

Need to move water with some sunshine? Talk about it here!
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Solar Water Heating

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Cold Temperature Systems

Extreme Temperatures? Advanced Autonomy Systems? Talk about it here!
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EMP Hardening

Worried about a Carrington event or EMP attack? Discuss how you can harden your system from EMP here!
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Heat Pumps

Need to use solar power to cool or heat your cabin or home? Or a bus or boat? Post it here!
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Energy Storage Are you a battery addict? Same here. You can NEVER have too many batteries!

General Battery Discussion

Anything and everything batteries!
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DIY LiFePO4 Battery Banks

Advanced user discussion on BMS/ Cell Configurations/ Temperature Regulation/ Cell Sources and more
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BMS (Battery Managment Systems)

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Beginner Friendly "Plug-n-Play" Lithium Batteries

Battleborn, Ruixu, Simpliphi, Kilovault, Trillium, Renogy and more!
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Lead Acid Batteries

Good ol' fashion lead acid!
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Second Life Lithium Batteries

Found a Lithium Battery in a Tesla/Nissan Leaf or Electric Bus and want to use it for solar? Post about it here.
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DIY Powerwalls

Grid-tie battery systems for energy independence
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Uncommon Batteries: LTO/ NCA/ NMC/ Li-Poly

Not recommended for solar, but still an option. See what others are doing and post questions here
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Solar Equipment Reviews and Technical Support Trying to program an inverter? Need to post your thoughts on a solar panel? Post it here :)

General Troubleshooting Help

Dealing with a frustrating problem with your system? Post it here!
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Solar Panels

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Solar Charge Controllers

MPPT/PWM/Converters without batteries and anything else you find! Discuss it here :)
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Off-grid Inverters

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Grid-tie Inverters

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All-in-One Systems

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Solar Generator and Micro Systems

A battery/inverter/charge controller setup for mobile or stationary application. They are usually ready built or "plug-n-play".
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Fuel Back-up Generators

Backup petroleum energy storage for off-grid solar systems
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Tool and Test Equipment Show and Tell

Scopes, Meters, Capacity Testers and More!
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Home Brew Solar Electronics

General Discussion and Brainstorming

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Software

Microcontrollers, Microcomputers, Cloud software, Embedded
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DIY Solar Marketplace: Sell your own stuff! Use at your own risk. Our forum assumes no responsibility for products purchased in this area. This section is for individuals only! No vendors allowed!

Solar Panels for Sale

Have some spare panels laying around? Sell them here!
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Batteries for Sale

Not using an old set of batteries? Sell them here!
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Inverters and All-in-One Units For Sale

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Wire/ Tools/ Accessories For Sale

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Online Deals to Share with Others

Found a cheap price on some batteries? Share it here!
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Offgrid Solar Career Corner Find a business or individual to install an off grid system for you! Or a career in the solar industry. Use this section at your own risk. This forum is not liable for jobs or work posted below.

Offgrid System Installers

If you can help people install an off-grid system, tell us about your business here!
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Need Help? Post your job request here

Live far from others and need some help with your system? Post what you need here and someone may be able to help you out in person.
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Corporate Jobs Available

Find a career opportunity in the solar industry here!
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Looking for a Career? Post Your Resume Here

If you love solar and wish to share your qualifications with the world, do it here!
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Off-topic Discussion

Chit Chat Zone (Non-Solar Discussion)

Post your opinions or thoughts about the world or anything else you wish. Be civil!
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Newcomers

Introduce yourself here! And welcome new members
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Humor section. Share your best electrical memes!

Everyone loves a good meme!
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Complaint Corner

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