hi meg welcome to permies.
meg mayne wrote:Hello all,
this is my first post, so please be patient!
I looked through a bunch of threads that relate to my questions, but couldn't find enough info to make a decision.
I'm building a 1000 square foot off grid home in the Southern Gulf Islands in BC. It rarely drops bellow -5 here, and rarely hits +30.
I live alone and am fairly frugal with my power, so it's a small solar array.
12 335w panels and either 8 or 16 Surrette AGM Battery, 6V, 460 Ahr - 2.7kWh per battery, creating a 4KW system.
I'm looking for a generator to connect to the system to charge the batteries when they drop too low in the winter/high usage days.
the generator would only be for charging the batteries, not connected straight to the house. It would be wired to turn on when the batteries fell bellow 50%, so as far as I understand, any loads from the house would still be fine, as the batteries can supply power while being charged.
I know I need these features in the generator:
2 wire system.
remote start capability
I'm curious how important folks think the following are:
auto primer (I'm hoping to use propane)
low oil sensor/shutdown
Curious about using a 'portable' generator (which would allow me to take it offsite for work on other parts of the property etc)/vs 'home' generators.
I need something available in Canada.
I'm mostly interested in lived experience advice. Thanks!