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  • Power for the Homestead

    We "chose" to go off-grid, on our 40 acre homestead in southern colorado, and wanted to pass on to the readers of this forum both our reasoning for doing so, and the approach we took. Reasoning: We are off-grid by necessity; at the time of land purchase, we had no nearby power lines, and...
  • Stealth Solar Projects ...

    Why would you want a stealth solar project? Forums postings might be on the increase that show the "code/grid/AHJ police" are getting more active, and catching or fining (or worse) folks for putting up some solar panels. What could you possibly even do about this? In my case, I: 1. chose where...
  • The "state of being" in our solar journey ...

    In the houston, tx area, there are two kinds of house foundations ... those that have cracked and need repair, and those that haven't cracked yet, but will. Not much else in-between, and lots of very heroic efforts to get to one or the other of these two states of being. Solar, from house...
  • Corporate Jobs forum - OP website throws av alert

    Over on this thread: https://diysolarforum.com/threads/sunsense-solar-in-colorado-is-hiring.54516/ I clicked through to see his website ... I get a message from my antivirus saying "script injection" alert ... anyone else seeing something similar? If so, do we PM the owner to have him check...
  • LF Inverter failure ... what will the recovery be?

    No, mine hasn't failed (yet), but my Magnum MS4024PAE is just past it's warranty period (5 years), and other somewhat related threads are showing a flaw in our operation of these things. These are what I'd call Tier-1 ... LF workhorses ... I'm hoping for more years from it. But, they designed...
  • Li Time 12v200aH batteries ... good stuff

    Li Time (formerly Ampere Time) batteries ... ordered, rec'd 2 x 12v200aH LiFePO4 batteries (plus model, w/ 200a BMS), approx $660/ea. To be configured in 24v battery bank, for upcoming Tiny Home, truck/topper projects (along with 24v MPP). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P6HH4WK Good stuff, for...
  • Renogy 550w panels ... ordered 4

    To replace some older 265w panels feeding into main system. The 550's will be in 2s2p, and will max out my single existing midnite solar classic 150 (per midnite's calculator); the 265's will feed into other smaller projects. renogy 550 (key) specs: https://...
  • General-purpose (device) batteries ... all lithium, all the time?

    I'm looking to cut the cord(s) to the following: alkaline (AAA/AA/C/D ... non-rechargeables): purchasing is a problem (either too much for two batteries in a convenience pack, or buying in 55-gal drum packs at big box), disposal is problematic (we used to recycle these, now everyone says "throw...
  • Upgrade LiFePO4 BMS to "Manageable"

    Having purchased two (SOK) 12v100Ah for various testing projects, I can report that these batteries are working well, as an LFP. Now to manage them ... bummer ... no matter how close I hold my smartphone to them, I can't get any details. Apparently, commerical vendors are utilizing...
  • Certain Systems/Sizes = Too Much Purchase Risk ...

    ... as in, the only way the system should be purchased is if you have an "authorized installer" with a *service contract* to support it. Even this is tricky, because the burden is upon you to evaluate the installer as well as the product. This might be getting beyond the capabilities of a mere...
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