Part Two of a simple solar installation from scratch. My intent is to install sufficient 12 volt power to light the workshop that Planer Boy & I built a few years ago. It's dark out in the woods and I need a little extra light, despite lots of windows. Especially in winter.
In Part One I installed the solar panels on the workshop roof and ran the wiring inside. In this video I fabricate a simple, sturdy bus bar, install the charge controller and place the new batteries on charge.
Part three will show me installing workshop lighting and perhaps a small inverter to charge tool batteries. Large power tools will continue to run off the Honda 3000 watt generator - the heart of any solar electrical system.
I bought the charge controller on Ebay from Yves Julien http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayI...
Link is current as of Aug 20th 2014
Product seems to be excellent value and was delivered promptly. Yves is very helpful, should you have a question. First class vendor!