In the terraces at the front of the house is a number of larger and mature Callistemon(Bottle Brush) trees.
One of the larger ones is near the North East corner of the house. Unfortunately this tree is starting to cast shadow on our solar panels, so it is going to need a big chop!
We have one of our new adjustable Solar Racks in place now supporting some of the new panels. This will allow us to adjust our Solar Panels for maximum efficiency based on the time of year and the angle of the sun.
We also now have a set dates for adjusting the panels. These are based on the Summer/Winter Solstice times and the adjust-ability of our Solar Racks
Lately the stored power in our Solar Batteries has not been performing well.
The power stored for overnight use had not been good since we got here, but lately had become an issue as we would come very close to running out of power overnight.
We built the Solar Box, for the batteries and components of our new Solar System, soon after we got here almost 2 years ago.
The initial build was always temporary as we knew we would be relocating and /or rewiring this system once we got settled.
Living off-grid require some changes to how you do things. I’ve found it’s been a few small changes that have made the biggest difference in our power consumption. Here are a few of my favorite things that I’ve found useful for off-grid living.
Living off-grid means you are completely dependent on the weather. A cloudy day effects how things are done around the house but three days without sun on the solar panels results in very low power.
Today we started making the new solar racks for our existing(new) system. These racks will replace the current racking system – an off the shelf – flat racking system.
The new solar racks will be based on the racks used for our existing(old) solar system. These are hand-made, custom built, adjustable racks that fit nicely on a flat or sloping roof.
Many people who are looking to make the move off-grid often wonder about the appliances they can run with solar powered battery storage.
This is our experience…..
We picked up some new “used” Solar Panels today as part of the upgrading of our current solar system.
We knew we needed more generation power, and were planning on picking up at least another 10 250W panels(2.5kW)…..
Our “old” solar system has been in place for 15+ years, and I am still learning new things about it as time goes by. This is not helped by the lack of documentation and information on the system.
It’s seems previous owners just assumed it just worked.