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Designing Solar Power Systems for the Home

Design Factors that will Affect Solar Power Performance – The design for any solar power system is essential for optimal performance. Using quality materials such as solar panels and inverters is key.

Design Factors for Solar Power Performance

Electrical Question: I am trying to build a solar panel powered appliance the appliance will use about 150 watts.

I will have about 200 watt solar panels hooked up to 4 12 volt batteries my questions are:

  1.   How long will it take to charge the 4 12v battery using the spare 50 wattage or the entire 200 watts?
  2.   How long will the 48 volts power the 150 watts?
  3.   Are there any overcharging problems and how can I fix them?

Background: Anthony, a Homeowner from Sierra Vista, Arizona
Additional Comments: easy and helpful

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Anthony.

Design Factors that will Affect Solar Power Performance

The Following will assist you with Solar Power

Solar Power for the Home

You have many options for using renewable energy

From solar-powered outdoor lights to buying renewable energy from your utility to even producing solar electricity at home with photovoltaic (PV) cells

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House Wiring Circuits and Circuit Breakers
This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.

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Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
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120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
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