I wanted to update the thread from here
on the results of the install. After all was said and done I ended up with two 245 watt Suntech panels
with two Victron mppt
controllers. Also bought a battery monitor
but haven't installed it as of yet. I went with Suntech panels
because after hours of searching the net I couldn't find a local supplier of panels. This meant I was going to have to pay an average of $165 bucks for shipping
. That's almost the price
of one panel and I just wasn't ready to accept the cost.
I finally called a solar
installer here in Maryland
in hopes they could send me to a local seller. Turns out that they had a few orphan panels left over from various projects. I was able to pick up the Suntechs for $179 bucks and best of all, NO shipping! So, if your looking for panels this may be an option in your area.
So far the panels are performing beautifully. Since I don't have the battery monitor
installed yet, I can't give you the numbers, but here's what's happening real world.
They are charging
the 440ah bank and keeping up with the house lights, (a mixture of led and halogen), the fresh water
drain pump, tv, a BD35 compressor
for the fridge, a BD35 compressor
and cooling water
pump for the freezer
light, house fans and various chargers for the phones, laptop
, etc. We've sat on the hook now for over a week and have not turned on the genny. This makes us happy, happy, happy not to have to listen to the genny, even though it's a fairly quite Honda
I have put all the install pictures of the on the blog here
. Just too many pictures to post here. The controller details and are there too. For me the frame was the hardest part. I wanted simple and in-expensive. Check it out and let me know what you think. Here's a teaser pic...