A Small Off-grid PV System

by Darrell Ross






Update: 2007

The main goal of this project was learning and I learned a hell of a lot. For one, it will be far easier to install my next system. I will have a much better idea of time involved, labor required, little tiny parts that are often left out of part lists, tools I might need that I wouldn't think of normally.

And now it's time for that list of shoulda coulda woulda's.

(1) I would have used the part of my engineering degree where they taught us how to organize our notes by date with a title at the top of each page. Writing this report was hell because my notes were all over the place and a lot of them were just up in my head and fading fast.

(2) I would have taken more photos and made sure to keep my hands still so the friggin' photos wouldn't have been so dang blurry.

Add Ons
There are a few items that will be added on a little later. I have already mentioned the lighting system that Brian Wyatt is installing. The front of the barn will have a double light and motion sensing flood light and there will be 6 more lights set to two separate switches in the barn. Also, instead of building a battery box, my Dad is constructing a frame and some plexi-glass sliding doors to cover the entire electric system area. All the lighting wiring will be run through weather proof conduit and the switches will be weather proof as well.

I will add reports about these mini-projects as they are completed.

I have already had a few conversations about how much nicer it is to feed the horses with a bright light than with a small flashlight held between the teeth. After the full system is up, all the storage in the barn will be much easier to access as well.

last updated August 26, 2005 at 7:35 PM