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My system consist of a 190w panel, 60a Morningstar PWM controller, 3 deep cycle batteries and a 1500w inverter. I plan on upgrading the controller with a 60a MPPT Morningstar and use this one as a diversion controller for a wind turbine (future project). I am also planning on adding a few more panels in the future. It is used mainly to power my yard lights and serve as backup during power outages.

Here is a video showing my setup. Let me know what you think.

http://youtu.be/GqMpws7Rzw0
 
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that'll work. i started out with a very similar setup. mind that if you drain the batteries it will take a long time of no power consumption and full sun to charge them back up again. batteries like to be full to stay healthy.
otherwise good job on the small scale solar. many folks over engineer to excess. not you!
 
              
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Thanks for the comment. At the moment I am using it to power my yard lights. 70w total and the panel seems to be able to charge it back up the next day. I usually run the lights off of it 6 days a week and one day I let it get some extra charge. In the winter I can only get two days a week out of it. Mind you this is all a bonus since it was only meant to be a backup. Its there so I might as well use it.
 
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Currently researching the possibilities of building one myself, so thank for the head's up. Shows that some ingenuity can create absolutely great things..
 
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