Solar Energy Power: Hooking Your System Up
The most important thing to take away from this Solar energy power lesson is..this is the home-stretch
This is the final lap around the track. I know that this video is supposed to be the shattering climax to all your work so far, but the truth is, it’s going to be pretty anti-climactic. Why? Because this is the easiest part of the entire course.
Let’s bring back the overview of what has to take place. In a nutshell, your solar panel is going to be hooked into your charge controller.
- Your charge controller will be tied to your battery.
- And your battery will be wired into your inverter.
- You plug your appliances into your inverter.
Seriously, that’s all there is to it, and it is dead simple to do. In fact, it will probably take longer to watch this video than it will hook everything up. So let’s get started.
So Let's Begin...
Solar Energy Power: First, we need to talk about wire. The volts and amps you plan on producing, as well as the distance between your solar panel and inverter, will determine the size of the wire you should buy. If you’re unsure the best thing to do is take a trip down your electrical supply store and consult with them.
For the purpose of this lesson I’m going to gloss over sizing the wire and go straight to hooking up your solar power system. I’m going to assume you have the wire in hand.
So the tools and materials you’ll need are
· Charge controller
· Deep cycle battery
So let’s get started. We left off with a fully completed solar panel which had been hooked up to a junction box.
Solar Energy Power: Take the positive and negatives wires from your junction box and then connect them to the solar end of your charge controller. Your charge controller should be labeled which side is solar, and which side is battery.
Next, roll out enough wire the distance between your charge controller and you batteries, and cut the wire. Then hook up the positive wire (Red) from the charge controller battery side, the positive side of your battery. Rinse and repeat for the negative (Black) wire.
The only thing left to do is hook your batteries into the inverter. Usually, you’ll want your inverter fairly close to your battery.
On the back of the inverter, there is usually 2 leads. One red (Positive) and one black. (Negative)
Solar Energy Power: Roll out enough wire to connect the battery to the inverter. Connect the positive wire (Red) to the positive lead on the inverter. Connect the negative wire on the negative terminal.
At this point, check the charge controller to make sure you’re receiving solar energy. If it is, then hook your appliance into the inverter.
Solar Energy Power: Your appliance should be running on solar energy. Well, technically, your solar system should be charging your battery, and you’re running your appliance off that charge.
That’s it. From start to finish. At this point, having gone through the entire build you’ll need to decide how many solar panels you’ll need for your requirements, build them, and hook them up.
The very last step is mounting them on your roof which we’ll cover in the next lesson.