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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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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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Wire/Connectors/Junction Boxes

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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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BMS (Battery Managment Systems)

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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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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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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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Latest profile posts

Cajunwolf wrote on Will Prowse's profile.
Dang Will! That was a fantastic appearance, take a bow! Your reply to the "highdesertstrangers" poke at you was priceless. His question showed his ignorance. He blames me for you being there, and hates me with a passion! I won't kiss his a**. I got a few PMs from others asking ... who was that masked man? Referring to you. That was some rock-solid answers, and people appreciated it. I just wanted you to know that.
Tom
Enjoying rain and sleet in Minnesota, said no one ever.
Cajunwolf wrote on Will Prowse's profile.
I have to chuckle Will. I'm a member over at Cheap RV Living forums at Bob's suggestion. I was trying to help a member having charging via alternator questions, and I knew you had answers. I posted a link to your forums and website. There was an attempt to bully me for linking to you. If you were a member and remember who these folks might be, I'd be curious to know if they are the same. One is a moderator.
Located in sunny Scotland(lol). Learning from your mistakes can get costly ;-)
As they say however, life starts at the end of your comfort zone. (y)
I am located in Northern California where I am Building my 2001 Ford E150 Hightop for fulltime RV living

Planning to add 400watts of solar which I already have panels, etc but the domed roof is gonna require a custom rack I still need to get made

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