frank li wrote:Batteries... i tell eveyone not to mess with used batteries. Its the most likely part of an otherwise well done system to provide shortfalls and disappointment in solar... that said i am using up the last bit of some really great alpha gel cell batteries that came from catv industry.
Sourced used, they sat for a year or more uncharged and i have brutally punished them since 2011, i mean lend/lease style outdoor camping and utility duty, daily pump and dump and they still power the garage and outdoor lighting here, limpy for sure, but we got our miles out of them.
Travis Roesler wrote:A half hour video, in the middle of which he takes a trip to the mountains, and NEVER GIVES THE RESULTS OF THE TEST?!
Excuse me while I punch myself in frustration.
Devin Lavign wrote:Not to rain on your parade Chris, but some important info should be brought up on buying used solar equipment. While in the short term you got a good deal, all those solar components have limited lifespan. Buying some of these things used means you likely have a much lower lifespan to work with, and very likely this is an unknown time span as you don't know the use buying used.
Batteries especially are going to be a big one, you got $1k each batteries for $150 each. That likely means their lifespan is pretty much used up. Solar panels that are 1/2 price, likely are close to half their life.
Now this isn't to say don't ever buy solar used. Only to say do so informed of the risks and potential issues. I think Chris got a great deal and it is getting him started many steps beyond what I have been able to get at higher cost to me. Now Chris may find he will need to get new batteries soon, and might find his solar panels are in need of replacing sooner than if bought new. But he is up and running now with a decent set up, and he can deal with the eventual replacements in the future. He can even start putting aside money for replacements now.
Bonnie Kuhlman wrote:
While we're total noobies to solar (as in, just looking, don't have it yet) we're not new to budgeting. The plan is that if we go solar, we will continue to *make payments* to our budget based on what we would be paying monthly to the electric co. so that we have the money saved to pay for replacement/repair. We do the same for our vehicles; making car payments to ourselves even though they are paid off.
As I said though, total noobies - what is *pv* please? Could we start out with partial solar and add to it later? Right now, our priority is to look at a solar pump. This is our first summer on this property and there is the pressure tank (1 gallon) is kaput. We can deal without lights, but no water is a bit more challenging when the power goes out. Is there a solar 101 thread? page?
Sarah Houlihan wrote:I want to point out also that an important aspect of going solar is using less energy.