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    Solar Power for dummies...off grid hook up.

    http://tinhatranch.com/the-ultimate-...d-solar-power/

    Supposed to be a good video...someone...maybe Rod can verify it...I dunno...was told was good...thought I would share.

    Simple...basic solar theory...its about charging...not anything else

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=15XMyuq4rP4
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjGrpbnJ4fY
    Another good video...control panel

    Solar..hillbilly style
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HxzdCA0PxRY
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    Didn't like the tin hat vid. They interchanged power units with energy units.

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    Liked the hillbilly vid. That's exactly how I (would) do it.

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    Well I watched them all..the Tin Hat has some great information..like where to place your solar panels...the roof might not be your best bet.

    Esp. In the winter (if you get lots of snow) or if your roof is older.

    I called the other one hillbilly because of all the exposed wires running outside. Must be Arkansas eh?
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    Who you callin' hillbilly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StressMan79 View Post
    Didn't like the tin hat vid. They interchanged power units with energy units.

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    Can you expound your complaint...I don't know what you excatly mean.

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    Peter doesn't know what he means either... he's an engineer.
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    And I guess that's why your in the backwoods.

    I post Solar power for dummies and I get the top bunch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber View Post
    Can you expound your complaint...I don't know what you excatly mean.
    I can't speak for StressMan, but I think the careless use of power and energy in place of each other takes away from credibility of someone explaining the topic, because power and energy are different things.

    Energy: Think of the gasoline in your tank. It's useful, and you can use it quickly or slowly, as you like. Eventually, you'll use it up and have to get more.
    Power: Think of the horsepower of your engine. It's a capability. It's how fast the engine can deliver energy. It's not a quantity you buy and use up, and go buy more of.

    See how they're different?

    In a solar set up, power is measured in watts or kilowatts. It's how fast you're burning energy, or making it. Energy is usually measured in kilowatt-hours, and is the amount of energy made when producing a kilowatt for an hour. Since a kilowatt is 1,000 watts, a kilowatt-hour is the same energy as producing one watt for a thousand hours.

    I have a vague recollection that the tin hat video guy said something about kilowatts produced in a day, which makes no more sense than horsepower in a day. He probably meant kilowatt-hours in a day.
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