Anyone have any tips on how to start tieing in a solar panel to your existing home?
It would be nice if it worked like that, you could get your radio to run as a receiver only on just solar, but as soon as you keyed the mic your radio would crash. Solar isn't instant power like a battery. Think of it like a hand crank generator, you spin the wheel and make 2amp of power and suddenly the system calls for 20amp thats a 10x increase you couldn't spin up fast enough.
GT one of the things that you and anyone else who is considering going wind/solar and using a battery bank is that you do not want to discharge your batteries lower than 40% of their rate capacity. Doing so will reduce the life of the battery considerably. So in your calculation for how many batteries you'll need you must calculate the Depth of Discharge (DOD) of your battery or battery bank together with average sunlight in your location as this will also determine how many panels and their prospective wattage you'll need.So for a practical application lets say that I have a Yaesu FT29006 Ham Radio. It draws 11amps and 13.8volts - or 152 watts.
If I ran that off of an Odyssey PC2150T Deep Cycle which has 94 amp hours, then I can run the radio for about 8 to 8.5 hours.
Then to charge that battery, if I ran a SunForce 30 watt panel (15v 2a), I would need something like 17 hours of full on direct optimal sunlight to recharge the battery? Is that right?
In Phoenix, my best case in full summer is 16 hours of good sunlight which would make .03kwh. Right?