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Planning

Make sure the sun can get to your PV Array. We used the Solar Pathfinder to get a good look at the solar "gas gauge". The first image shows the sun exposure at the roof of the house. The second shows the West side of the house (reasonably clear ground, just not a good solar access, due to the trees you can see in the Solar Path Finder.


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Texas is scenic!

Let me just say, I like Texas. Nice photos at the customer's house...


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Outback Power PS2

The System is based on the Outback Power PS2. It is still a good chassis and can help the budget if there are any still available. You can save $100-200 by using the PS2 over the FLEXware (Technically, FLEXware is still an awesome choice, though).

This sequence shows Maverick Solar wiring the PS2 for the customer. Start with the PS2MP. Add the PS2DC + the GFP and Charge Controller Breakers. I use at least 6 gauge wire for all the internal wiring.

Move on to the AC side and wire up the Bypass Assembly and add some AC breakers. It is not too difficult. Notice the Pink Highlighter marks on the installation instructions indicating the progress in the wiring PS2AC. The inverter was not mounted during this step due to the weight of the PS2 + Inverter making it difficult to carry and mount on the wall.

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PS2MP Mounting Plate

   
Wire the DC side...


Wire the AC Side...


Ready to mount on the wall!

Power Room

The customer decided to build a power room for this equipment. This was quite involved and they did an excellent job at adding the space for the inverter, batteries and some dry storage. Needless to say, I missed most of the construction. The roof rafters were completed, the metal roof installed, and sheet rock was hung on the inside and solar board was on the outside by our next visit...


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Outback Power PS2

Take the system to the customer's house and mount it on the wall. Double check all the wiring connections (verify wiring, and check torque of screws). Then add the Inverter, Charger Controller, Batteries and plenty of conduit & fittings...

Wire the batteries, AC in, PV in, Mount the PV rack and Solar Modules on the roof...

Power up and test.

Did I mention the conduit and fittings. The conduit & fittings in a system should not be overlooked. There are many shapes that need to be handy and their costs adds up quick!

     
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Bonus

The Wind Machine was made by the customer. Next step after wiring up the Solar system: add the wind power via a blocking diode and breaker.


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