I’ve got two weeks off work and I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do with my Solar panels so it is time to start my first solar project.
As you may remember I have 2 120W panles, a 20A controller and 2 125Ah deep cycle batteries. I also have a 300W invertor but for this project I’m going to be putting that to one side at the start.
I was going to install the solar panels on the garage roof and put the batteries inside using that as a test bed but the brats next door keep on throwing things on the roof and then climbing on to retrieve them. I’ll have broken panels in no time and their mum is hopeless. So moving higher is the only solution at this point. That crimped my plans quite a bit as it means I’m going to have to make sure the panels are installed correctly.
So, I’ll be getting the panels installed over the next few weeks and wiring up the controller and batteries. Once the batteries are charged I will be disconnecting the 240V lighting system from the distribution panel and plugging the solar system into the lighting system, replacing all the bulbs with 12v LEDs and the flouresent tubes with panel lights.
It may be simple but it should be effective and save some electricity. The kids think light switches only turn on and they need something special to turn them off.
Once they are connected I’m going to perform some tests to see what else they can handle but as for now,lights only.