Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It Is Alive!

Our solar panels are up and running.  Fully charged batteries are all set up and we have lights, and as I write this a saw is operating off of the system.  Soon to be hooked up refrigeration in our outdoor kitchen!  This is a game changer for us.  Looking long term, or short term depending on what you read these days, the ability to keep food cold, make ice for drinks for the occasional spranged ankle or fever is nothing short of a miracle.  Besides being able to charge batteries for flashlights, run lighting in our campers at night, all without an ounce of gasoline!

It has been a long time coming.  A few bumps in the road, but like most things God puts in our paths, we are challenged to pay attention and the reward at the end is outstanding. 
We have a few minor adjustments to make, and then we're running electrical to where it will be needed most.

It was a $6K investment;  $3500.00 for the battery set, $1500 for the solar panels (we got them for half of their going price) and another $1K for the charging station.

It's a bit misty out today, but as soon as they finish welding the frame for the solar panels, I'll share.

I can not express just how happy we all are!


  1. Nice set up!!! I use solar panels as a back up for my furnace blower and to charge all the batteries on the place but that's about it. Mine is just a little 500 dollar job. Yours should last for a while and supply a good amount of electricity.

    1. Preppy,

      Yes, it should provide a good amount. It's a 1500 watt system, although it won't run an entire home, having a refrigerator/freezer, and a/c will make a huge difference.

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    1. DFW,

      It sure is! The smile on the Moose was priceless!

  3. Izzy,

    Wooohooo, I'm so happy for you and yours!!!!
    There is no gratification like NOT having to depend on your electric company to provide you with power. Congratulations, and I can't wait to see the final frames for the solar panels.

    1. Sandy,

      Exactly, there is nothing like a bit more self reliance. We checked in to bringing power out to our location and the power company wanted to charge us $15K to bring it to the end of the driveway. After that we were on our own, and would have a monthly bill. We're ecstatic!


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