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Show and Tell

Post your DIY solar power system! Pictures or it didn't happen :)
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Beginners Corner

Embarrassed to ask a question in the other boards? New to solar? This is your spot :)
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Newcomers

Introduce yourself here! And welcome new members
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Frequently Asked Question's

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Solar Systems

Solar for Vehicles

RV's, Vans, Trucks and More!
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Cabin or Tiny Home

Power your tiny abode with solar power!
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Shed or Shipping Container Mounted Systems

Building an Off-grid System in your Backyard? Stick it in a shed! Or a shipping container if you have the space. Affordable and Easy
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Marine

Building a system that can withstand a marine environment is difficult! Talk about it here
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Harsh Environment

Extreme Temperatures? Advanced Autonomy Systems? Talk about it here!
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Off-grid Living Advice

Cooking tools, heating and cooling, dealing with winter sunshine and more!
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Residential Solar

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Commercial Grid Tie

Large arrays in commercial zoning. Higher voltages and different laws. Talk about it here
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Solar Water Pumps

Need to move water with some sunshine? Talk about it here!
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Solar Water Heating

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Solar Equipment Reviews and Technical Support Trying to program an inverter? Need to post your thoughts on a solar panel? Post it here :)

Solar Panels

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Off-grid Inverters

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Grid-tie Inverters

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All-in-One Systems

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Solar Generator and Micro Systems

A mobile battery/inverter/charge controller setup that is typically mobile. Usually 30-60 pounds and able to power most small appliances. Build your own, or discuss ready-made systems
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Energy Storage Are you a battery addict? Same here. You can NEVER have too many batteries!

Lead Acid Batteries

Good ol' fashion lead acid!
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Beginner Friendly "Plug-n-Play" Lithium Batteries

Battleborn, Ruixu, Simpliphi, Kilovault, Trillium, Renogy and more!
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DIY LiFePO4 Battery Banks

Advanced user discussion on BMS/ Cell Configurations/ Temperature Regulation/ Cell Sources and more
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Second Life Lithium Batteries

Found a Lithium Battery in a Tesla/Nissan Leaf or Electric Bus and want to use it for solar? Post about it here.
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DIY Powerwalls

Grid-tie battery systems for energy independence
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Uncommon Batteries: LTO/ NCA/ NMC/ Li-Poly

Not recommended for solar, but still an option. See what others are doing and post questions here
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Back-up Generators

Backup petroleum energy storage for off-grid solar systems
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Everything Else Storage

Using an EV car for Storage? Tell us about it!
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Learning and Help Center

Safety Check Section

Post pictures of your DIY system, and have other people check for safety issues
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Troubleshooting Help

Dealing with a frustrating problem with your system? Post it here!
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Sizing and Planning

Energy Audits, Roof Planning, TOU Plans and more!
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Solar Array Mounting Methods and Advice

Tips and tricks for mounting solar panels to different roof materials and environments
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Codes and Regulations

Need help following local laws when installing your system? Not sure if what you are doing will land you in jail or with a hefty fine?
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Favorite Tool Show and Tell

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Electrical Safety Gear

Did a pair of safety glasses save your vision? Did soldering smoke hurt your lungs and you found a product to fix it? Post it here!
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Complaint Corner

Dislike something about this forum? Want to add a discussion topic? Talk about it here and it will get fixed!
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DIY Solar Marketplace: Sell your own stuff!

Solar Panels for Sale

Have some spare panels laying around? Sell them here!
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Batteries for Sale

Not using an old set of batteries? Sell them here!
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Wire/ Tools/ Accessories For Sale

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Online Deals to Share with Others

Found a cheap price on some batteries? Share it here!
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Other Renewable Energy Sources

Hydroelectric

Have a small stream in your backyard and wish to create free power from it? Check out what others have done here!
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Wind Turbines

Discuss and build wind turbine systems! Check out what other people have built and share your own
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Corporate Corner Blatant advertising is not allowed on this forum, but we have created a special place for businesses to post whatever they wish. If a member wishes to browse this area, that will be up to them.

Corporate Deals Section

Running a special price on some of your products? Share about it here
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New Product Announcements

Does your business have a new product being released? Post it here
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Off-topic Discussion

Chit Chat

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Humor

Everyone loves a good meme!
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Other Websites

Found an awesome resource for solar? Or something unrelated but still amazing? Post it here
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We live 100% off grid, in a small castle, on a mountain side in the high desert of far west Texas, since Dec '07. We currently run 2 separate 12 volt solar systems.

400W solar panels, Xantrex C60 charge controller, 2000W Bestek modified sinewave inverter, 4 Duracell GC2 golf cart batteries.

640W solar panels, MakeSkyBlue 60A MPPT charge controller, 3000W Renogy pure sinewave inverter, 100Ah BattleBorn battery.
Bluemalibu wrote on Picasso's profile.
I noted your All-in-One offering... where in NorCal are you?
Bluemalibu wrote on Stiffmeister's profile.
The wife is putting loads of pressure on me to pull up stakes here as well, but I have two properties already paid off, and only owe 45k on a 3rd 4-bdrm rental... and I have invested years of blood and sweat on my orchards, which can only be grown here in Cali or on the Mediterranean. Otherwise I would have been long gone...
Bluemalibu wrote on Stiffmeister's profile.
Hey there...
You mentioned in a thread that PG&E burned your home down. Were you by chance living in Bangor, Paradise or Santa Rosa? I just concluded 15 months on a Grand Jury investigating these fires.
HMR wrote on Supervstech's profile.
Thanks for your email . I am answering you in your member area. I would love to consult/work with you on our common battery problems. I live in Asheville, NC. I don't mind visiting with you at your workshop to begin our collaboration. You know my email is mrauscher@bellsouth.net . May I have your email so we can correspond directly? Mike

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