Going at least somewhat solar has been the goal since day one of purchasing the homestead. I will admit however, I was unbelievably intimidated and kind of dragging my feet on the whole ordeal. I am by no means an electrician and electricity has always had my utmost respect. Luckily Luke is very familiar with 12 volt batteries and I bought a fairly self explanatory solar kit online several months ago. The only things I was missing was a big roll of black and red 8 gauge wire and a stand for the solar panels.
Luke and I were able to build a stand completely from materials found around the homestead. I try not to be a hoarder and keep the homestead clean but every now and then I bring home a pile or unused lumber, odds and ends. Other than the lumber I had screws from previous rabbit hutch projects. This stand was completely free! I sure do love saving a buck. *points to self* Cheap skate, yes sir! – no shame.
Eventually the center of the solar panel frame will be fitted with a lag bolt to make the panels adjustable. But since we are approaching winter the panels have been set to a 45 degree angle for maximum sun exposure. The panels are hooked in line with a negative and positive 8 gauge wire that then leads to a charge controller mounted above my battery bank. The battery bank is then also attached to the charge controller and then on to an inverter which runs my wireless internet and a few outlets for charging my electronic devices. VaVoom!
Do you use alternative power and if so what system do you have?