Looking for solar power enthusiasts, best deals on panels and controllers, anyone here into that sort of thing?Submitted by Ira Freeman on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 15:45
I decided to take my water well off the grid and go solar, been calling around and best prices are about $5000. (so far) Most of the price is in the panels and the controller, and the rack.
I can build my own rack. Not sure if I could build, or would want to, the solar panels. I hear people doing it but don't know how good they are. Anyone here ever do that sort of thing?
The water pump is a 2100 watt brushless pump. There's about 80' of head (Bottom of well to top of water tank)
I'm thinking of (8) 240 watt panels, that'll get me close enough. (I'm shooting for 50 Gallons Per Minute flow rate)
A bigger pump would get me more G.P.M. but I would have to add 8 more panels.
My questions are, has anyone here done this sort of thing? Anyone here a solar panel installer/seller? Do you know where I can get "blemished" panels? Know of anyone with a bone yard of solar equipment? Do you know of any good websites that deal with this sort of thing?
Thanks in advance for any tips you have