solar newbie

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by greg273, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. greg273

    greg273 Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2003
    southern illinois
    I've got NO expierience with solar panels, and only a little knowledge of basic circuitry, but thats not stopping me from setting up my cabin with PV electricity....
    I've been using an inverter to run a few lights, and charging the deep cycle batteries from grid power. (you can understand the hassle of lugging batteries around once or twice a week), but solar is the way i want to head.
    Am i correct in wiring the house for a standard 120volt setup, using 12 and 10 gauge romex, and then just wiring the inverter to the load center. Thats the basic idea, right? I realize there are some 'accessories' that go with the solar setup (controller, fuses, etc) but as i wont be buying even the panels for awhile, am i proceeding correctly by wiring the house 'standard'?
  2. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Read post below titled 'Urgent assistance needed for alternator info', for info on recharging system which would solve your recharging hassles. I cannot answer your question about 120/12 volt but be aware that RV supply houses do sell the items needed.

  3. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

    May 9, 2004
    Zone 8a, AZ
    Yup that is the way to do it! Wire the house just like normal and then wire the house panel to the inverter which is wired to the batteries. The inverter is also then wired to the charge controler and then to the solar panels and fuse is between the inverter and the batteries. also if you are able to go with some wind generation the air 403's can be wired directly to the battery bank!
  4. aaatraker

    aaatraker Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2004

    Go to ( there is a series on solar, starting with batteries, and going forward. The third one is on inverters. There is also a letter section where you can ask a question of the man who writes the articles. The link to the series is on the front page in a yellow box.