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DIY solar system for my shipping container #8438273 11/03/21 09:51 PM
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I decided to go ahead and put together a solar system out on my small farm to run tools out of my shipping container. I did a bunch of research and ordered the components.

This is what I have put together so far - with a 3000w, 50 amp inverter.

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Next I need to set up the solar panels. I'll need to put in some steel posts and then build the mounting structure.

I plan to have 8 100w panels. 4 in series and then combine the 2 sets of 4 in parallel for 90w 11 amps to the solar charge controller.



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Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8438278 11/03/21 09:55 PM
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Very cool! Good job Steve.

I don't know if you got the panels or not yet, but there were some on CL down in the Dallas area that were taken off a military base in FL for pretty cheap.

I did some research on the manufacture and they seem to be really good panels. Just slightly used.


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Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: KRoyal] #8438279 11/03/21 09:57 PM
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I already have the panels but could always add more.. I'll have to see if they are still available

Thanks Kyle

Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8438518 11/04/21 01:47 AM
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what did that cost, roughly?

Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Poppa] #8439013 11/04/21 04:35 PM
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With the panels and all the wires it was about $5k

Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8439026 11/04/21 04:57 PM
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That's probably the best rig like that I have seen. Most folks try to half a** it.


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Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8439043 11/04/21 05:14 PM
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Thanks.. I did a lot of research to make sure I had all the right gauge wires and fuses. There's lots of info for how to set this up but most are for much larger systems. The Battle Born staff was helpful but they are not in the business of installing the systems. I would not recommend doing this yourself if you do not have any electrical experience.

Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8439351 11/04/21 11:54 PM
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Nice work man

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Awesome work Steve. I considered a solar setup for when I build my shipping container camper, but haven’t spent a ton of time researching it. How much run time do you think you’ll get off that setup and what will it run? I’m hoping to be able to run a 110v window unit with AC & Heat.


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Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8453418 11/19/21 02:58 PM
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That’s exactly what I’m looking to run with this setup. I just finished the solar panels and will test it within electrical heater and lights next

Getting great power from the panels so looks like it should handle the load. I may add one more battery to be on the safe side

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Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8454103 11/20/21 02:13 AM
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Very nice

Re: DIY solar system for my shipping container [Re: Hunter-Steve] #8454135 11/20/21 02:31 AM
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Impressive setup. Heating usually takes 1500 watts. That’s a lot.

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Good job. Did one similar, but with only 2 batts. Was going to go bigger but evaluated costs and was cheaper to bury cable and connect to grid. Now if
Your not within 1/2 mile everything changes

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