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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Sep 21, 2020 7:39 PM CST
I am suffering an urge for a solar generator. Does anyone here have experience with or knowledge of one?

I'm all ears!
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Name: Chip
Medicine Bow Range, Wyoming (Zone 3a)
May 23, 2021 12:08 PM CST
What's the application? I like messing with everything from whole-house photovoltaic systems to cookers and portable LED lights. We installed our first PV setup in 2005 for a small house that's now a rental. When we moved to a bigger place, we installed a 4.4 kW PV system that's grid-tied (excess power goes to the grid and is credited).

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In 2009, I built a greenhouse that's about 95% solar powered, with a flat-plate collector feeding a heatsink under the floor, with the water pumped through a maze of tubing. The thermal mass (3 ft. of sand) stays above 55°F all winter.

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Here's a GoSun solar oven made from evacuated glass tubing (like a thermos bottle) with a 12V heating element so you can go on cooking during a storm or after dark.

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These LED lamps are charged by a small PV panel and provide useful light for up to 72 hours.

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If you've never worked with solar stuff, start with a few LED lamps, a small battery charger, or a solar attic fan, just to get the hang of it.

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