Friday, September 01, 2017

Going solar

Day 114

The Big Solar Panel

8:23am:
We are in the process of getting a big solar panel which will be mounted on Tránsito's roof rook.

Here is what we are buying:
➜ Kyocera 265 Watt Solar Panel
➜ Morningstar TriStar 30 amp MPPT Battery Charge Controller

Placed an order
Yesterday, we placed an order for the panel and controller with Northern Arizona Wind and Sun. A long time solar outfit. But this morning, I received an email from a lady in their accounting department. She questioned our ship to address!?

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When we travel, and wish to buy things, we get a mail box company to use as our ship to address. When I confirmed the ship to address, the accounting lady began throwing obstacles out at me:
➜ Somebody would have to sign for the items shipped.
➜ That signing would confirm that there is no damage.
➜ If damage would be discovered later, that damage claim would not be accepted.
➜ The delivery company would NOT unload the shipment.
➜ Yadda, yadda, yadda.....

So, I cancelled the order. It is incredible, these days, how many working people have no clue about how to treat a customer. Blows my mind!


Installation
The solar panel's dimensions are: 65" x 39" which shall fit nicely on our roof rack.

Since the panel is on Tránsito and the battery is with Scampy, we plan to have cable connecting the panel to the controller. This cable will be a 3-wire connector on each end so that the cable is removable.

Initially, our plan for the solar rack was to have two side rails [right and left]. We connected the two side rails with a front and back rail. However, now we are changing that design. The solar panel will be mounted only on the two side rails.



Rant against Apple Computer
My iPhone 7 is a very powerful computer. Apple knows everything about my iPhone 7.

When I want to do some thing on my iPhone [ie; Lock the screen], why can't I simply ask my iPhone 7 to lock the screen?

No! What I have to do is, search Google for:
"How do you lock screen on iPhone?"

And this is what results:
➜ This helps if you can't get the screen/display on your device to flip or rotate.
➜ Access the Control Center by touching the bottom of any screen then dragging upward.
➜ Tap the Portrait Orientation icon to lock or unlock screen portrait orientation.

What the devil do the instructions in blue above mean? 

Why?
Why doesn't Apple place a simple data base on my iPhone 7? I query my data base asking:
"Lock my screen"

And.....lo and behold, iPhone locks my screen.

12:16pm:
Not buying solar stuff now
Since yesterday afternon, I've been attempting to place my order for a solar panel and a battery charge controller.  In the process, I've been hit with many obstacles.

Shipping obstacles. Also, untrained sales people obstacles.

So, I've come to the conclusion, that now is the wrong time for me to do that buy. It may seem a bit mystical, for me to believe like this. But a lifetime of experience  has proven to me: "Listen to the Force. It knows!"


2:13pm:
Bought charge controller!
A few hours ago, I Blogged to you that I was not buying solar stuff now. Well guess what? I just ordered a battery charge controller:
Morningstar TS-60 Tristar-60 Amp [Link]

This battery charge controller is the PWM type. Not MPPT type. But for such a small solar system as ours, it should do fine!


3:48pm:
Bought solar panel!
Just ordered our solar panel!
Yingli Solar 250 Watt 24V 250P-29b UL Poly 60 Cell Solar Panel [Link].

This solar panel has an $82.50 cost. The FedEX shipping cost is around $125. The Yigli is a used panel, as you will read if you follow the link.



5:11pm:
When the going gets tough.....
           ......the tough go to the beach!
Well, the going actually did not get tough. The going got hot. Over
100℉ hot!

And, we did not actually go to the beach. We went to Lincoln City. A town right on the Pacific Coast.

Here at Lincoln City this evening, it is actually a bit chilly!






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 812 feet





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23 comments:

  1. Perhaps you can sell some power to the locals. Have a little sign by Transito - "Solar electricity 5 cents a Kw....

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    1. John,

      Good idea! I am going to do exactly that!

      Thank you!
      George

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  2. Have you considered AM Solar in Springfield, OR--about 100 miles from you. I have read good things about them.

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    1. Jeff,

      No, I have not considered AM Solar. I'll take a look at their website.

      However, right at this moment I am not in the market for buying any solar equipment.

      George

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  3. AM Solar is in Springfield Oregon and sells and installs solar on rv's. Have been in business for many years.http://amsolar.com/.

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    1. Jeff and Lori,

      I just finished talking to AM Solar on the phone.

      They only carry five different panels. None of those are ones that I would buy. Much too small wattage.

      George

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  4. Scampy is going to LOVE that solar panel and controller! Almost like being plugged in!

    Will you be able to tape the cable to the hitch somehow so you can keep charging while you are driving?

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    1. Croft,

      Maybe Scampy one day will love it. But not now.

      Because I have put off making a purchase of a solar panel and battery charge controller.

      Maybe sometime later in the year the time to buy may be more conducive.

      George

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    2. Croft,

      A short while after I replied to your comment that:
      "Because I have put off making a purchase of a solar panel and battery charge controller......."

      .......I went out and actually purcahsed the panel that I stated that I would NOT be buying!

      Sometimes I suddenly will change my mind! Go figure?

      George

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  5. Solar Boulevard has terrific prices on solar panels and might not give you such bs about shipping. They have stores in CA, but shipping to where you are costs about the same as buying at the store because you do not have to pay sales tax.

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    1. Unknown,

      I just made a Blog post. I bought a solar panel from Solar Boulevard!

      George

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    2. I bought ours from SolarBlvd. They have great CS as well as price. I paid $166 for a 235W panel four years ago. Works great and has serviced us well.

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  6. A question.
    When you get the new grey water tank, how do you plan on getting it installed?

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    1. Ed, Carol and Gopher the dog,

      The same shop that fixed Scampy's brakes.

      George

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  7. George, Why did you order a 24 V panel instead of a 12 V panel? Isn't your battery 12 V?

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    1. Rwagner4,

      The voltage specifications are determined by BOTH the solar panel AND the battery charge controller.

      In this case, the battery charge controller accepts 12 volts,
      24 volts or 48 volts from the solar panel.

      The battery charge controller delivers 12 volts to the 12 volt battery.

      All is good!

      George

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  8. George, here is a video that illustrates how you will lose charging power with the 24 volt panel/PWM controller set up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2b7z2eTb5o&feature=youtu.be. We also had a very short lifespan (a few months) on the used panels that we bought, then had to replace with new.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2b7z2eTb5o&feature=youtu.be

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    2. Pete,

      In my solar panel setup, the amount of solar power that is sent to the battery is sooooo incredibly huge compared to the electric power that is being used, the inefficiency of the PWM controller is of no consequence.

      Thank you for your research!

      George

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    3. Pete,

      On your experience with used solar panels. The panel that I bought is new, not used. And comes with a new solar panel's warranty.

      George

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    4. Good link Pete. Appears George is into instant gratification but doesn't do his homework. Fortunate to have a friend(s) like you.

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    5. George: new or used? You said "This solar panel has an $82.50 cost. The FedEX shipping cost is around $125. The Yigli is a used panel, as you will read if you follow the link."

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  9. You should really not be needing to lock your iPhone’s screen. For best security that should happen immediately after pressing the On/Off button on the right side of your iPhone 7—you don’t want to be wishing your iPhone was locked when the bad man runs off with it.

    To set up your iPhone’s screen locking options, click on the Settings app, then on Touch & Passcode (enter your passcode to proceed) then set Require Passcode to Immediately.

    If you haven’t already done so, you should activate the options to find your laptop and iPhone should they become lost or stolen.

    https://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone/

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