Solar Panels for Cabin

A solar panel for the Small Cabin

This has been great!  We put up a 200 watt solar panel and attached that to a 200 watt inverter with two plug ins.  Now we have power!

This inverters has two standard outlets which can power my laptop, small-screen TVs, our phone chargers and can even use our coffee pot if we want to.  I’m told we can also use a  toaster, blender, and boom box but haven’t tried that yet.

Setting up the solar system

Here are some pictures of Scott setting the system up.

First he mounted the Panel on the outdoor cooking area and ran the wires down the post – here is a picture showing the wires running down the post and into the pipe.

The trench was dug using a pix axe and dug down about a foot.

This trench is to run the wires through the pipe to the cabin, it’s not good just to place the wires in the trench – they could get damaged or rot from moisture in the soil.

To prevent any damage happening to the wires, Scott placed a pipe in the trench in which he pulled the wires through.

These wires not need to go to the battery, charge controller and then the inverter.

 

Because the cabin is small and we really didn’t want a batter in it, we found this old cooler and used it to put the battery and charge controller into.

The battery we are using is a marine battery – it fit nicely in the cooler.

We filled the cooler with styrofoam insulation to help protect the battery from our cold weather and so far it seems to be working well.

Once everything was hooked up to the cooler, a hole was drilled thru the log and into the cabin to attache to the inverter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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8 Responses to Solar Panels for Cabin

  1. Christine says:

    I so had to read this article! I am living in the middle of nowhere, and I have no electricity and it has been tough. Installing solar also seemed expensive or maybe I asked the wrong people … You explained the steps to set this up very clearly and I like that you added photos. I already have an inverter, but it’s a little over 2 years and a half old. It would still work, right, not be outdated? I have never used it. I just need to get a panel and a battery and the cables. For just some lights in the evening, and enough charge for a laptop, wifi, and phone chargers, what panel should I get? And if I want to include a small fridge, how many more panels do I need?

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I found your post highly uplifting and educational. Solar panels are getting popular in the part of the world where I live and people are interested in installing solar panels. I am also interested in it and while doing some research found your informative post. I got helpful insights from your post.

    The step by step walk-through on setting up the solar system and the images you shared are very helpful in my understanding. You have really given a lot of value here.

    Your post certainly made me think more on the subject and I am bookmarking it for future reference.

    • Teresa says:

      Thanks Paul.  Check back for more info as we are learning along the way.  In the future we hope to power the larger cabin with solar as well, but of course it will be a larger system.  

  3. MrBiizy says:

    Wow! This is really interesting. I have some little knowledge and experience about solar panels and inverters because I am a student of electrical and electronics engineering. I love solar technology so much and I plan on getting a very powerful one iin my house because of the numerous advantages and benefits of this technology and free energy from nature. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    Regards!

    • Teresa says:

      We also, are learning along the way.  In the future we will get a larger solar system for our bigger cabin.  It’s been great learning about this and sharing with everyone.  

  4. Antonio says:

    Hi Teresa

    I can imagine cabins in the wilderness, where you need power that this solar panel set up can give. If it is easy to set up then I can imagine  that most people living in cabins will take them up.  What surprises me is the number of  electronic devices that can be powered by these solar panel. I wonder how many panels would you require to have enough to power an average cabin, as it would be interesting to how much of the roof will be covered by them.

    As with all solar panels the concern of the amount of power produced if it is cloudy or if the solar panel if they get dirty. You wonder if enough power is generated to cover all your needs.

    Thank you for your article as it is very interesting, as we live in environmentally friendly times mm

    Antonio

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Antonio, we are learning as we go along and in the future will power the larger cabin with solar as well.  When this is done there will be many more panels, batteries and a much larger inverter so be sure to check back as I will be sharing that with everyone as well.

      Living in a place where it is cloudy can certainly affect the amount of solar power you will receive, we are lucky as I was doing research I found out that we are living in one of the best places in our country to harness solar power.

      Thanks for stopping by the website.

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