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100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Each project here in Springfield Ohio was primarily accomplished 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 use.  A larger problem was that of the security system. 
Ohio Solar Powered Bus
In this building alone there are a 24camera 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 a security system, consider non-ptz cameras, non-infrared, and non-powered external cases.  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).

Springfield Ohio Security System

Having the battery banks not bulked together, lessened unfortunate surprises.
Solar Energy Homestead
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).
Springfield Ohio Wind Generator

Also, if using solar panels or wind generators, make sure there are blocking diodes in the loop.

Blocking Diodes Keep the energy going in one direction

Scattered within this prose are pictures and comments of issues that may become of interest to anyone looking to change their lifestyle, hunker down, get closer to God, be free of a monthly bill,  untether and unbeholden to another entity, or whatever other reason one might have to become closer toward self-sufficiency.

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 improving our world, our lives,  and the improvement of existing technologies.   So rather than place the solar panels on the roof as my military helper was free to do for me down in Florida,

I've had to resort to other means of using the property in Ohio.

The amount of panels seen above and below, were enough to go off-grid in Florida.  Not so, in Ohio.  Ohio's lack of sun and wind equates to more expense due to 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 of yet.

The free-standing unit below does not track.

The photo below showing the new installation ready for a 48v solar array.

Most of the solar arrays here are 48v and require special charge controllers, referred to as MPPT (maximum power point technology).  MPPT allows charging a 12v, 24v, or 48v battery bank regardless of what configuration the solar panels are in.

The bus with over two thousand watts-worth of panels, installed as adjustable awnings and roof-covering atop the bus.
Solar Bus Springfield Ohio

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, etc.  Everything  is operating free of charge, without any damage to our breathable air or drinkable water (as opposed to nuclear and other monopoly-powered plants that the bulk of society is complicitly financing).
Homestead Solar and Wind Energy

However, this property is not entirely untethered from the monopoly electricity yet, there's a 220v well pump that needs to be replaced with a lower volt pump.
Regardless if there's any grid energy used, the monopoly still sends a bill.  The monopoly powers call this fee an, "availability of service fee". 
Too bad we citizens cannot institute the same fee right back at them for our services that don't get used!
Solar Array ConstructionArray Construction Springfield Solar

  Most of the lighting at this location is comprised of 12v not from the 110v grid.   The lighting is 12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries), which has numerous 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.
Solar Panel Array

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 rule 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.

Array of Solar Panels with Wind Generator Crown

It takes only one member of a family tree to make virtually forever electric power for generations to come (long after that member becomes deceased).

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