David Sherman wrote:Hi, all. Paul thought I might post something here in case anyone has questions about Helen's cabin system. Sorry, I don't have any more "Quiet-tone filters" (the most common question I got from the video). I tried to disassemble it to see what was in it but it was all potted in tar.
Someone mentioned 135W panels being too expensive. Indeed they are nowadays. When we built the cabin system, they were the best price point commodity panels at the time. Now the larger panels in the ~250W range are the best value.
My goal was to keep it simple and affordable, not to power a typical American suburban home with all the same electrical convenience you get from being plugged into Grand Coulee.
Mark Tudor wrote:Just FYI, $6500 over 28 years is $232/year or $19/month. I think having a small gas powered generator to run high demand items or top off batteries during a long cloudy spell is a good balance to go with a solar system.
Alan Booker wrote:On the topic of inverters constantly drawing power, I would note that newer inverters as considerably better in this regard. When they don't have an AC load, they go into a super low-power standby mode where they draw almost nothing. The problem is that, in many cases, people put phantom loads on these inverters that draw just enough AC power to never allow them to go into standby. So for modern inverters it is usually the combination of the inverter and phantom loads connected to it that creates the constant drain.