Each project here in Springfield Ohio was primarily
pro-the micro needs
required at the time. As an example, when it was found that the
modem/router/server was potentially dragging down the "main" battery
bank, it was time to devote a
battery bank, charge controller, and solar array JUST
for the modem/router/server's
A larger problem was that of the security system.
this building alone there are a 24-camera dvr and 5 micophones that
record day and night and every minute in between. The security
system alone pulls over 20 amps!!! If going off-grid and needing
system, consider non-ptz cameras, non-infrared, and non-powered
I'm living in the exact opposite of my advice. The thing about
cameras is that if they are ptz cameras, and regardless of
whether or not they are on
the scan mode, or the batch record mode, or whether they are in fixed
mode, the nicer cameras are not going to be 12v. The higher
voltage now forces the need for an inverter (boo).
Below is a photo of the 16-camera DVR (there's about a dozen DVR's
here, most of them 4 and 8-camera DVR's and needing some servicing)
the battery banks not
bulked together, lessened
The use of micro-power stations decreased
incidents of panic (low battery power at critical times). With
less continual high draw imposed on the battery, allowed for a healthy
battery that rarely falls below 12.4v by morning (that's a good thing).
Also, if using solar panels or wind
generators, make sure there are blocking diodes in the loop.
Solar electricity was the chosen
alternative in Springfield Ohio, despite the new "laws" stipulating all
sorts of inspections and fees to the entities that create those
laws, that pretty much put a damper on
our world, our lives, and the improvement of existing
rather than place the
solar panels on the roof as my military helper was free to do for me
I've had to resort to other means of installing the panels in Ohio.
amount of panels seen above
and below, were enough to go
Florida. Not so, in Ohio. Ohio's lack of sun and wind
equates to more
the need for more panels, batteries, wire, controllers, inverters, ad
nauseaum, to compensate for the lack.
Below are the early Ohio installations, still no trackers as
The free-standing unit below does not track (yet).
The photo below showing a new installation ready for a 48v
of the solar arrays here are 48v and require special charge controllers,
referred to as MPPT (maximum power point tracking technology). MPPT allows
charging a 12v, 24v, or 48v battery bank regardless of what
configuration the solar panels are in.
In other words, a 48v solar array can charge a 12v battery bank or
higher just fine; whereas the common pwm controllers require panel
array and battery bank to be in like configuration (or bad things could
The bus with over two thousand watts-worth of panels,
installed as adjustable awnings and roof-covering atop the bus.
Although not easily seen in the photo to the right, there is a solar
panel mounted to the hood of the engine compartment. For years
that panel WAS the alternator! In fact it worked so well
that while in the Florida sun it was never noticed that the bus did not
actually even have an alternator (in Ohio, the bus had to have an added
alternator that not only decreased gas mileage, but also was
over-priced at over $200.00! If there were more space I could
have purchased two more solar panels to equate the alternator's output
in the day time).
Late Night Notes:
I'm editing this website at 4:40am,
the lights are on, the desktop computer is on, the firewood stove fans
are on, the security system and microphones and cameras and freezer and
monitors, the server and at this present update, even the washer is on,
and more. Everything is operating free of charge without
damage to our
air or drinkable water (as opposed to nuclear and other
plants that the bulk of society is complicitly financing).
However, this property is not entirely
from the monopoly electricity yet,
there's a 220v well pump that needs to be replaced with a lower volt
pump. I found a 110v that will work but getting the 220v out of the hole is a trick.
Regardless if there's any grid energy used, the
bill. The monopoly powers call this fee an, "availability of
bad we citizens cannot institute the same fee right back at
them for our services that don't get used!
Most of the lighting at this location is comprised of 12v
not from the
The lighting is 12v lighting directly from a 12v power source (batteries), which
advantages over 12v from the 110v grid, or via an inverter.
When plugging an appliance into an ON-grid scenario,
you pay for electricity that will never be able to be used.
For instance, plugging in a 5v or 12v phone or light into a 110v wall
socket is immediate loss (and potential early termination of your
appliance or phone, etc.) due to the step-down device
incorporated into either your power adapter, or the device/appliance
itself, which eventually tends to fail. The conversion
process is what causes the loss.
Direct current has much less loss.
If you're thinking of venturing off grid, the adjustment isn't so
traumatic as one might pre-suppose. The hardest part will
be standing before the judgment of others, those that prey upon us for our
every action and
undertaking. It is they that hold us down from being able
to freely do good for ourselves, our community, and the future of
our world. Many fall to the
wayside at this hurdle.
takes only one member of a
family tree to make virtually forever
electric power for generations to come
(long after that member becomes
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