Joseph Johnson

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since Nov 14, 2015
Sierra Blanca, TX
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So Here we are. Hard to believe its been 3-1/2 years since we took the plunge. Life here is amazing and the only regret I have is waiting so long to do it. I just read the entire thread again and all I can say is "WOW". The buildings are gone and have been replaced by a 768 sf 2 bedroom cottage. I was building it as a workshop but as we got going on it I realized the $440 a month I was paying for my building was better suited for other things. Marquita and Norman couldn't take the climate here and returned to South Carolina so now it's just Me, my sister, her husband and my mother. The cottage is plenty for us while we build the house. We have started construction on a 2300sf "U" shaped house with a closed in courtyard. Hoping to have it done by next winter. We upgraded our power system a bit. We now have 4000 watts of panels, 2 Outback FlexMax80 charge controllers, a 1600AH 24v battery, 2 1600w Wind turbines and another I still haven't put up. I replaced the 5000 watt modified sine iinverter with an Ames 4000/12000 watt pure sine inverter/charger after learning the modified was the likely cause for the chest freezer and the refrigerator failing. It's nice to be able to fire the generator up to charge the battery on those few occasions when they get low. We put in a 1550 gallon water tank and an on demand pump. I love having running water and a real shower but I do miss my outside shower in the summertime lol. This year we have been working on diverting the runoff from our sometimes heavy rains. 6 weeks ago we got a taste of just how much water we could get when a storm dug a hole 15 feet long, 8 feet wide and 5 feet deep at the bottom of my main driveway. You called that one for sure Tyler. I have a friend with the equipment to do the earth works we need to start slowing it down and putting it where we want it so this spring we will be working on the swales and berms and a little project we have planned to catch a lot of it and pump it into a 50,000 gal cistern. We have been prepping an acre for the garden for 2 years now and this spring we will start growing a lot of our food. The lack of good soil has been a challenge but I think we have it whipped now. Guess we will find out soon enough lol. When we started working on it 2 years ago, you couldn't push a piece of rebar more than a few inches down. Now we can go down a foot with very little effort so I think its ready for planting. Sis is still hounding me for a few goats but we did add 16 hens and a rooster and waiting for the spring to order turkeys and rabbits. It is a long slow process but we are getting there. I have many of you to thank for where we are now. I honestly believe that the most important tool in my arsenal has been this forum and its amazing members.
7 months ago
I know this is an old post and the email is no longer valid but does anyone have contact info for the guy who supplied the parts for Mike?
1 year ago
cob
Champion Model 46565 3500/4000w with remote start
2 years ago
I bought a Champion3500w generator with remote start. I have an OutBack FlexMax7500 and an Aims 4000w 24v Inverter/Charger with a 2 wire AGS. How can I connect the Aims to the Champion. Wiring here confuses me but i figure someone here as wired the generator to an AGS before.
2 years ago
Has anyone combined these units? I just got the Flexmax and Mate and it seems it can connect to an outback inverter, was hoping it could connect to the aims as well.
2 years ago

Brandon Wallace wrote:the controller is rated at about 4x the amp draw of the pumps.



Just to be clear, Are you using the controller amp rating or the load amp rating? A 40A controller does not mean the "Load" circuit can handle 40A
2 years ago

frank li wrote:https://www.altestore.com/store/meters-communications-site-analysis/meters-battery-monitors/ammeters-voltmeters-battery-monitors/bogart-engineering-tm-2030-a-trimetric-monitor-p11865/

This is one option. Probably my favorite is a whizbang jr and midnite classic charge control combo, not cheap.



I have the classic 150 on my main array. Perhaps I should give midnite a call and get the wizbang jr to go with it
2 years ago

frank li wrote:

If you are curious, a battery monitor is a good addition. You could track state of charge in percentage, amp hours in and out and the difference between the two, at a glance.



Any recommendations on an inexpensive but effective one.
2 years ago
Hi Guys,
Thanks for taking the time to reply to this thread. The PVWatts Calculator lists us at 6.37 this month and going up from here to 8.09 for June and down to 5.79 for Oct.  The lowest is 4.11 in Dec but this system will not be used as much by then. As for wether or not we use power in the daytime, as originally stated this is a secondary array, not the primary. My primary is a 24v system with 3000 watts in the array and a 3600AH (Surrette) battery bank. We are in the process of building the cottage up by the road and are at the point where we are spending time there more at night, but not were we are ready to move freezers and such and therefore not the main array at this point. The 7 batteries are brand new (installed 4 days ago). Once we have completely moved into the cottage, this array will be moved into the livestock area where it will be used to power the 12 security lights up there and a small water pump for watering the chickens, turkeys, goats and the cow so it will only be drawing out 1000w a day. At only 20% drain on its capacity these batteries will last far longer than a year or two. Right now my issue is getting through the next 5-6 weeks until we are ready to finalize the move up to the cottage and take the main array with us. As for the SOC under a load, this is the first time I have encountered that idea. Any clue where I might find that info? Seems as though that would be a great resource to share with my friends here in the valley as many of them are finally seeing there is more to solar than overpriced Harbor Freight "complete" (junk) systems.
2 years ago
Oh and only the 1900w or 190wph is passing through the inverter, pump and security lights are 12v so run direct. while i am above the 10% inverter capacity, it not by much lol
2 years ago