Category: Solar

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Solar 2.0

After two summers in Alaska and Canada with many nights off grid, we can happily and confidently say that adding solar to our setup was worth every penny and effort. If we had to...

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DIY Solar Abridged Version

Here is the abridged version of what we used for our solar install. Victron 150/70 MPPT SmartSolar Charge Controller – the brains of the operation Victron SmartBattery Sense – sends the brains accurate voltage...

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Solar 1.1 Reviewed

We have been very happy with the performance of our system. The back to back to back rainy days in Alaska demonstrated the shortcomings of our limited battery bank – nothing a future change...

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Solar 1.1 – Part 3

Once the feet had set for 72 hours, it was time to reassemble the roof. We placed the panels in their designated locations and attached the wingnuts. Out of an abundance of caution, we...

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Solar 1.1 – Part 2

While the feet cured, it was time to tackle the electrical stuff. As we had already been using the charge controller with the flexible panels, not much testing had to be done. With limited...

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Solar 1.1 – Part 1

Planning and preparation were the most time consuming parts of our installation. Electrically, this was very straightforward. The solar panels get combined and feed into the on/off switch which feeds the PV inputs on...

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Solar 1.0

We always knew we that we wanted to add solar, go off-grid and simply be more self-sufficient. Bubbles was pre-wired for solar which meant that the wiring for a solar charge controller, battery monitor...