Okay I'm appealing to the knowledgeable folks here at CF again. This time, the ones with knowledge of solar
I know there has been extensive coverage of the solar
topic on here but I seem to have a unique situation here.
I was looking at the Rutland
914i wind generator
and the 160W controller which accepts power from wind
and up to 160W of solar. I decided to by the wind
genny and pass on the controller because I wanted to be able to connect more than 160W of solar.
Shortly after making that decision, a friend of mine gave me 550W of solar panels
, 11 of them
BUT now I'm having difficulty finding a controller that will work with wind and solar AND that will work with these panels
The trouble is that I'm not sure what voltage they are.
Here are the specs.
Pmax = 50W
Voc = 32.56
Vmp = 27.60
Imp = 1.81
Isc = 1.99
Production Tolerance +/- 3%
VDC = 1000
It looks to me like they are 24V but someone told me they're 18V.
I would really appreciate some meaningful feedback on this. I have tried seeking the advice of professionals in the industry and surprisingly, I have gotten conflicting answers from all of them and even one guy who flatly refused to comment on panels
that he didn't sell me, even though he have sold me a controller to match them. Some people!
Edit: I should clarify that I don't intend to use all of the panels but would like to find a good balance between space/weight vs output.