Off-Grid and Grid-Connected Solar for Home

Providing Research, Technical Writing & Publishing Since 1987

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KEY WORDS: solar, solar power, solar kit, off-grid, grid-connected, photons, lighting, case studies, pricing, pricing tactics, supernatural, paranormal

 

How-To Manuals

Historical Genealogy Research

Special Reports

 

 

Written by Robert C. Brenner, MSEE, MSSM (An engineer who loves to write)

 

CURRENT BOOK

How to Construct (and Use) the 45W Harbor Freight Solar Kit

$19.95 USD by PayPal (Send order by email. We�ll invoice you via PayPal, then ship as soon as payment is received). (Coming Soon: order through Smashwords and Amazon Kindle)

Detailed photos, drawings, and instructions show how to put your kit together, how to use the system to drive various electrical loads (over 50 devices you can power with a single kit), and how to expand the system to power much more.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION

Let�s Get Started

Who is Harbor Freight Tools?

Who is Thunderbolt Magnum?

The Advertised Capability of the 45W Solar Panel Kit

Opening the Shipping Box

Read the Cautions and Warnings in the Manual

Parts Included in the Kit

Tools Needed

General Comments about the Kit

Protecting the Outdoor Components from the Weather

   PVC frame

   Connecting hardware

   Solar panel wiring

Constructing the Kit

Building the Frame

Mounting the Panels

Hook It up Right - Recommended Connection Sequence

Understanding Your Kit

Testing the System

Why is the Display Voltage Fluctuating?

Now Connect the Battery

The 5W 12V DC Lights

Solar Panel Placement for Best Results

How the 45W Solar System Works

The Function of Each Component

Solar panels

Charge controller

Power output ports

Looking under the hood

Battery

How long will that battery work?

How long does it take to recharge the battery?

Inverter

Small inverters

Large inverters

Applications for the Kit

Most Popular Uses for the 45W Solar Kit

Think Amps

Determine How Much Electricity You Need

What You Can Power with a Single 45W Array

Expanding your System

Add More Solar Panels

Add More Battery Storage

The Harbor Freight 360W Full-Hub Configuration

Monitoring System Operation

Checking the Charge State of the Battery

Feedback from Other Owners

Where Owners Are Using Their Systems

How Many Owners Make this Their Primary Power Source

Frame and Hardware Comments

Number of Panel Arrays Used

Charge Controller Used

Battery Used

Inverter Used

Lighting

Other Comments and Suggestions

Documentation

Warranty

System operation

Store

Getting the Most from Your System

Learn What Electrical Power Your Family Needs

Running Your Refrigerator off Solar Power

SUMMARY

APPENDIX

How DC differs from AC

Amps, Volts, and Watts in a Solar Power System

How Solar Power Works

The Rain Barrel Analogy

The Sun�s Path and the Earth�s Rotation

Tilt�the Reason for the Seasons

The Cosine Effect

Effects of Shade, Clouds, Fog, Rain, and Snow

 Shadows on a Sunny Day

Measuring Solar System Production

Understanding Light and Lumens

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

OTHER APPLICATION NOTES

USEFUL LINKS

 

 

QUESTIONS THAT THIS BOOK ANSWERS

 

What components are included in the 45W Solar Panel Kit?

What�s the best way to build the frame and mount the panels?

How can I preserve and protect the exterior components from the weather?

How should I hook up the system for proper operation?

When I connect the solar panels to the charge controller, why does the display voltage fluctuate?

What�s the best way to position the solar array for the most electrical generation?

How does each part of the 45W solar system work?

Why were amorphous silicon panels selected for this system?

What are the charge controller connector ports for?

What�s a good battery to use with this system?

How long will a battery energize an electrical load?

How long will it take to recharge the battery?

How can a person check the charge condition of the battery?

What are typical applications for this solar power electrical generation system?

What are typical applications for the small inverters that plug into the charge controller?

What are the most popular uses for this system?

How can you determine how much electricity you need?

What can you power with a single 45W array?

How can you expand your system to drive more electrical devices?

What�s the most number of arrays that can be connected to this system?

Where are owners using their systems?

How many owners make this their primary power source?

What�s the feedback on the frame and hardware in the kit?

How many panel arrays are owners using?

What charge controller are they using?

What battery configuration are they using?

What inverters are they using?

How are they handling lighting?

What comments have they made about kit documentation?

What feedback have users made about system operation?

How can you get the most from your system?

Can I run a refrigerator off Harbor Freight solar power?

What�s the rain barrel analogy for solar power generation?

How do the earth�s orbit, rotation, and tilt affect solar operation?

What�s the effect of shade, clouds, fog, rain, and snow on solar production?

How can I measure solar system production?

What do lumens and lux have to do with lighting?

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OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

 

Power Up! The Smart Guide to Home Solar Power: How to Make a Wise Solar Investment

$9.99 USD.at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Power-Smart-Guide-Home-Solar/dp/1930199384/ref=sr_1_54?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459284295&sr=1-54&keywords=small+business+guide+to+pricing

 

$9.99 at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Engineering, trades, and technology � Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable, Nonfiction � Reference � Personal & Practical Guideshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395616

 

Read how the author reduced his monthly electric bill from over $240 to less than $2 a month by investing in solar power. Explains how to determine electrical need, select the right-sized system, find vendors, get proposals, analyze bids, select the best solar installer, fund the project, make payment, and evaluate results. Three actual installation jobs are described (with photos) including savings on electrical bills. (Keywords: solar power, renewable energy, lower electrical bills)

 

 

Survive a Power Outage: Emergency Lighting

$4.99 USD at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Home and Garden � Lighting

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/480090

 

Explains light, where it comes from and how to measure it. Keywords: lumens, lux, brightness, beam, run time, and power sources, light measurement, candles, flashlights, lanterns, batteries, solar lighting.

 

 

Solar Case Study: 7.4 kW Home Power Generator

$5.99 USD at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Engineering, trades, and technology � Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable, Nonfiction � Reference � Handbooks and Manuals https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/379365

 

How the owner of a 3100 square foot house cut his electrical bill by over 99% by purchasing a 7.4 kW solar power generator. Photos show the entire installation process with before and after electrical cost comparisons.

 

 

Solar Case Study: 6.4 kW Home Power Generator

$5.99 USD at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Engineering, trades, and technology � Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable, Nonfiction � Reference � Handbooks and Manualshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376816

 

How the owner of a 2400 square foot house cut his electrical bill by over 90% by investing in a 6.4 kW distributed inverter solar power generator. Photos show the installation process with before and after electrical cost comparisons.

 

 

Solar Case Study: 5.0 kW Home Power Generator

$5.99 USD at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Engineering, trades, and technology � Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable, Nonfiction � Reference � Personal & Practical Guides

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/374169

 

How the owner of an 1800 square foot house cut his electrical bill by over 96% by installing a solar power. Photos show the installation process with before and after electrical cost comparisons.

 

 

Supernatural & Strange Happenings in the Bible:

An Engineer�s Study of Scripture

($27.95 USD printed or $9.95 USD Kindle at Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Strange-Happenings-Bible-Engineers/dp/1930199767/ref=sr_1_53?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459284243&sr=1-53&keywords=small+business+guide+to+pricing

 

A comprehensive reference that focuses on the paranormal in Scripture. It describes events and incidents that can amaze even the most ardent skeptic. Using easy-to-read examples, this book describes mysterious and supernatural appearances, vanishings, teleportation, levitation, instant disease, instant healing, ghosts, hauntings, UFOs, extraterrestrial beings, multidimensional travel, the unseen, and absolute control over life, death, and resurrection. It also describes giants, dragons, land monsters, and sea serpents mentioned in the Bible

(Amazon.com $27.95 printed, $9.95 Kindle)

 

 

Small Business Guide to Pricing.

($29.95 USD from rcbwrites@gmail.com)

 

How to set price. Flat rate pricing. Buyer motivation, costs, and profit. Countering cuthroat competition, estimating, bidding, margin, and profit. Keywords: setting your price, price, demand, competition, cost, profit, baseline price, pricing strategies and tactics, estimating, bidding, and negotiating.

 

 

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Pricing Tactics.

$5.99 USD.at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Pricing-Tactics-Robert-C-Brenner/dp/1930199759/ref=sr_1_46?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459284171&sr=1-46&keywords=small+business+guide+to+pricing

 

$5.99 at Smashwords.com - Categories: Nonfiction � Business & Economics � Small business and entrepreneurship

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357566

 

How small business owners can thrive and earn maximum profit during any economic condition. Covers how to price services, raise prices, cut prices, price specials, calculate sales needed to make price changes work, best ways to handle price increases, how much to raise prices, handling price objections, stealth pricing, bottom price feeders and when to turn down work. Keywords: price, profit, raising prices, cutting prices, coupons, rebates, discounts, allowances, price breaks, bottom feeders, stealth pricing, price objections, new client pricing.

 

 

 

COMING PRODUCTS: (Here�s What We�re Working on �)

 

How to Create a Power-Out Procedures Manual.

Make a manual that shows your family how to use emergency devices and where critical components are located.

 

How to Run a Kitchen Refrigerator without Grid Power.

Using an inverter and several golf-cart batteries you can keep your refrigerator running during a power outage.

 

How to Keep Your Furnace Heat Flowing During a Power Outage.

Here are several ways to power your furnace and keep heat flowing while grid power is out.

 

How Long Will it take to Recharge Those Golf-Cart Batteries?

After drawing down your batteries to provide power to your appliance, how long will it take to recharge the batteries?

 

How to Map Your Home Electrical Circuits

Make an electrical layout plan for switches, sockets, and fixtures. Identify amp restrictions for all circuits in your home from the power distribution panel to each outlet in each room. Describes which electrical devices to photograph and explains how to use a circuit continuity tester.

 

Bartering Basics

How to value and trade products and services without money.

 

Stay Warm in Any Environment.

Ways to heat your body and your home in emergency situations.

 

Genealogy: Sailing to America, Castle Garden, and Their New Home

Follow immigrants from the "Old Country" across the Atlantic and through Castle Garden New York to their new homes in America. Research package includes conditions and events leading to immigration and historical time line covering period 1855-1890

 

 

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