A solar panel for the Small Cabin
Solar panel kits have come down in price and many great ones can now be purchased on Amazon. Here is an example of one from Amazon
200w 12v Solar Panel Kit 2pcs 100W Flexible Solar Panels for RV, Boat, Cabin, Tent, Car, Trailer, 12v Battery with Solar Controller PV Connector Wire
Eco-worthy sells kits from as low as $249 to this one shown below for $1878.99 which would be great for a cabin or summer home.
ECO-WORTHY 800 Watts Solar Panel Kit: 8pcs 100W Mono Solar Panel + 1.5KW 24V-110V Off Grid Inverter + 60A Charge Controller with Combiner Box + Solar Cables + Z Mounting Brackets for Charging Battery
With our 200 watt panel and an inverter that has two standard outlets we 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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