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Quote:That sounds like a good option. I have mostly unobstructed sunlight. Pretty much 8-12 hours depending on time of year. Though the two halves of my pitched roof would probably slant southeast and northwest instead of strictly true east and west because of the lay of the land. Which would probably change the amount of powerful sunlight I get. I'm guessing the Southeast one might get the most sunlight. How much would be "enough" sunlight? Is there a specific solar panel or kit you've used?
Quote:The pole mounting is a good idea. Is there a good article or forum post which covers some of the details of hooking everything up. I have no experience with solar panels at all. So I don't even know where to start with figuring out which brand to get, how many to purchase, how to install, etc. etc.
Quote:Thanks Tom and Beth and everyone else. Now I am going to show my inexperience in this matter -How do I go about figuring out what amount of wattage I need, size of batteries, etc.? I have always just plugged everything into an extension cord from my house so have never needed to consider Wattage and Amps.I will be running a laptop, three mounts (though only probably one at a time), a dslr, an STL-11000, Dew heaters, and that's probably it for now.
Quote:Zawijava, it looks like you posted while I was writing. Thanks for the advice. I'll look around locally. Though I am not really sure what category of people to contact locally. Electricians?
Quote:John, that was a great explanation. Thank you for it and the links. And zawijava I just ordered that electricity usage monitor. That is definitely the place to start. Once I figure out my usage in a night then that will determine exactly how big of a system I need to install.Right now I plan on just building a ROR which I would open and close by hand not with an opener. The area I have picked out would allow for a nice 10' x 14' footprint. So the roof should be fairly manageable as long as I mount it correctly and keep it well oiled.
Quote:Jason - thanks this was a great idea. Since I live in the country with no specific codes to speak of I called an electrician I know and he told me following your advice would be fine. It would be safe for the house and not run against any codes. So I think this is the route I will go. Thanks to everyone for your input. Perhaps I will try solar on another project at some other time.
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