Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PV Fun

I got a solar panel, and you didn't, nana na na na naaaa!! It'll go on the garden shed and charge up my cordless drill batteries, run the margarita blender, and support all night techno dance parties. Now don't you want one? eh? I mean, look at how blissfully happy those people look on the box...

All I've got to figure out is the rest of the system. Presumably I'm going to need a 12V deep cycle battery as the backbone of the system, maybe a few of them linked up in parallel for longer dance parties, some sort of inverter that's not going to melt if I leave it running for months at a time, and the requisite wiring doodads to put it all together. Anything else? Maybe a few outlets through the wall of the shed, gonna need to figure out GFCI... Seems eminently doable, let's see how many times I can kill myself electrically (falling off the roof doesn't really qualify as a kill because it's too easy) before this things up and running. I'll post progress as it happens.

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