By Eric Smith
Advances in sun expertise have made many DIY-friendly items to be had to shoppers, numerous of to be able to be hitting the marketplace for the 1st time in 2011. those comprise sun water warmers, sunlight battery charging stations, sun powered lighting fixtures, photovoltaic shingles that offer supplementary electrical energy, sunlight warmth pumps, and sun panel kits that generate fundamental domestic electric carrier. one of the step by step tasks is a sun water heating approach you could construct and set up your self for less than $1000; basic thermosyphon sunlight warmth creditors for barns and outbuildings; or "heat grabbers" that you should fabricate for $50 in fabrics and place under a south-facing window to supply auxiliary wintry weather warmth.
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With the PV panels and a charge controller in place, this solar power generating station can do a lot more than just charge batteries, even without an AC inverter. Use it to supply power to a pond or waterfall pump, add a few DC lights, hook up garden lights, or just keep a few deep-cycle batteries charged up for emergency power in case the utility lines go down in a storm. If you live in the frozen north, it’s also the perfect power source for an ice-fishing shack. Just plug in a DC-powered light, coffee maker and TV and you’re good to go.
The PV panels slip into angled mounting brackets that can be placed either on a flat surface or a pitched roof. If you are working on a pitched roof, follow all safety precautions for working at heights and wear fall-arresting gear if the pitch is steep. With the PV panels and a charge controller in place, this solar power generating station can do a lot more than just charge batteries, even without an AC inverter. Use it to supply power to a pond or waterfall pump, add a few DC lights, hook up garden lights, or just keep a few deep-cycle batteries charged up for emergency power in case the utility lines go down in a storm.
The battery should be placed at least 18" off the ground in a well-ventilated area where it won’t be agitated by everyday activity. Mark locations directly on the wall. 3 4 Attach a junction box for enclosing the DC disconnect, which is a heavy-duty switch, to a wall stud near the battery and charge controller location. Use a metal single-gang box with mounting flanges. Run flexible metal conduit from the entry point at the power source to the junction box for the DC disconnect box. Use hangers rated for flexible conduit.