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Bring Down the Wind Generators - DIY Solar & Wind

Bring Down the Wind Generators - DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
Bring Down the Wind Generators because a storm is on the way with gusts of 57 MPH winds. I don't want the pvc blades to brake again.
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Bring Down the Wind Generators

I had to bring down the wind generators because a storm is on the way with gusts of 57 MPH winds. I don’t want the pvc blades to brake again. I would love a good and steady strong wind maybe twenty something but when the wind is gusting at high speeds it breaks things. I connected the wind generators to the garage so I can service them when needed. One is at shoulder level and the other is a little above my head level. I was able to have them both down in about eight minutes. I had to undo the wire nuts and lift the wind generator up and off of the tower and walk it down the ladder.

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how i choose a solar panel

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how i choose a solar panel
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How I choose a solar panel Is by the price for watts. If I can buy a solar panel that is 245 watts I want to buy it for at least $225.00 or somewhere around that figure including shipping and handling. I can look all day to get the best price for watts. I mostly look on Ebay.com This is the famous Harbour Freight solar panel kit. This was the first solar panel that I bought at about $250.00.  That was expensive I don’t buy these anymore I can get a better deal shopping around. I do have seven of these because the store is just two miles away and I can just pick it up and not worry about paying for shipping and handling.

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How to build a solar array

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How to build a solar array
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How to Build a Solar Array

How to build a solar array similar to mine. I built my solar arrays with Harbour Freight solar panels. They aren’t built like all other solar panels. Thinking of a solar array on a tight budget can be frustrating. Then I got somebody’s broken bunk bed. I thought I could use it for a solar array. I brainstormed all kinds of ways that just didn’t work. I resorted to dozens of Youtube videos and eureka, I found it, someone already made a video just for me, heh heh.

 

This is how I built a solar array with a bunk bed.

This is the part that holds a mattress. I got the first array done before it started raining yesterday. I finished the other array today after I got more large washers. Just use your ull and make a point in the bars and drill through them I got the nuts, bolts, and washers yesterday. I had to go back and get huge washers for the panels on the sides.

 

I had these sitting in the grass for the last five years. I’m so happy to build a cheap solar array. The next step is to put them all on a pole with a sun tracker. The only problem that I have is I buy the solar panels and then it takes a month or three before I can afford to buy the cords. I still wire them up with speaker wires so I can get a little electricity from the new panel. If I didn't have so many trees in the way I would have several poles in the ground waiting for more arrays to go up.


I will figure out a quick disconnect later for the one solar array, it powers the two pumps that run my solar pool heaters. This fall when I close down the pool I will tie in the one solar array back into the grid-tie inverter. The inverter plugs into the outlet and I use my own electricity.

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Rocket Stove | DIY Solar & Wind

Rocket Stove | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
Rocket stove save a lot of money on the utility bills.
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Build a Rocket Stove

I will build a rocket stove or a rocket mass heater in the basement this year. Everyone that has built a rocket stove has reported that they used to burn 4-5 cord of wood every year. They all say that they now only burn only a half cord of wood every year now. I can’t handle how much that would save money on the gas bill.

 

Free heat for the rocket stove

Just plant a few trees every year and you have free heat for a life time. Grow your own heat source and lower the bills greatly. I have plenty of trees in the yard and the neighbors put free wood out by the road after a storm. When I found out about these rocket stoves I knew that I was going to put them on this green energy website.

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DIY Build a Wind Generator | DIY Solar & Wind

DIY Build a Wind Generator | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
DIY Build a Wind Generator for your yard
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DIY Build a Wind Generator

I built my first wind generator about five years ago. I used scraps from the garage for most of it. I bought a one inch gas pipe and mounted it to the garage so I could stand up to do repairs. It stands at 13 foot tall. I used a treadmill motor and yes it is a DC motor. AC motors don’t work. The frame was for something else but works just fine.

Electricity From the Wind Generator

Use a multimeter to determine which way the motor spins to make electricity. I have ordered each set of blades and rotors from different places and they spin both directions. Don’t worry about that,  just switch both wires and your making electricity again. Make sure your getting a positive reading when you spin the blades.

When I built the wind generator

I pounded a pipe into the ground about two feet deep. The pole was about 5 foot high and I put the wind generator on the pole. I wanted to work on the wind generator where it was about chest high. I put the blades and rotor on last because I wanted to see if the tail was long enough and had a big enough fin to spin around with the wind. Then I put the blades and rotor on and laughed because it was working. everything was good, but it gave me a negative reading. I switched the two wires around and I was making a positive reading. I dangled the wire around the post a few times with some slack. I got a car battery out of the garage and in a couple of days It showed it was charging.

You will need a diode connected to your wires to make sure the power in the battery don’t spin the generator. You want the wind to make electricity. I personally don’t use a battery. I just connect the wires to a grid-tie inverter. The grid-tie inverter plugs into the outlet in the garage. I have three inverters for the 13 solar panels and wind generator. The other three solar panels run the pumps for my off grid solar pool heater.

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Diy build a solar pool heater off grid | DIY Solar & Wind

Diy build a solar pool heater off grid | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
Diy build a solar pool heater off grid (Diy Build a Solar Pool Heater off grid http://t.co/rI40p1ZV48)
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Diy build a solar pool heater off grid

This solar swimming pool heater is all free energy.

 

The coldest summer in lower Michigan drove me to make the solar pool heater. Since I already have 16 solar panels and one wind generator I decided to build the solar pool heater. I started with a pump for a fish tank. It pushes 109 GPH and I thought about connecting the pump to a 12 VDC solar panel. 

 

As the cold summer nights continued to keep me out of the pool I just kept buying more garden hoses. Each payday I continued to buy more pieces. 109 gallons per hour is just a trickle of water and I bought another pump and added a second solar panel. 

 

Now the water flows better at 218 gallons per hour but the nights are still in the mid 50's F, cold. From there I bought two adapters from garden hose to sump pump hose and back again. I wanted the garden hose running to and from the pool because it's smaller.

 

I Put black visqueen on the ground 10 foot X 20 foot on the ground to attract more heat from the sun. I later purchased 200 foot of sump pump hose and that made a great difference in free heat for the solar off grid pool. This was great till we got a polar dip from the jet stream for over a week. I bought another 300 foot of sump pump hose. Now the water flows back into the pool at 105 F instead of 92 F. 

 

We just got another cold front down to 52 degrees and so far the pool is 74 degrees and the incoming temp is 92 degrees on a partly sunny day.  

 

I ordered another 350 gallon PH pump. Time will tell if I actually run all three pumps. I did find out that the average garden hose can take up to 720 GPH. 

 

I have 900 foot of hoses: 550 foot of sump pump hoses and 350 foot of garden hoses.

 

1 pump     350     GPH     Not hear yet

2 pump     109     GPH     459 GPH

3 pump     109     GPH     568 GPH

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Choosing Inverters for Solar

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Choosing Inverters for Solar
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Choosing Inverters for Solar

When choosing your inverter for solar and wind generators you need to determine if you want to plug into the outlet or not. My solar panels plug into the outlet. These are called grid tie inverters. Solar panels produce DC power.  The DC power connects at one end of grid tie inverter and the other end plugs into the outlet. When the power grid goes out these dont work. Thats when you connect the wires to the off grid inverter set up. I explain below.

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Pool Heaters

Pool Heaters | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
Pool Heaters
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I have two pool heaters off grid. Both pool heaters are run from the solar panels. I cant afford to pay to heat the pool. I can afford to make a one time payment and have free heat for ever. I bought a larger pump that don’t work on the small hoses. The 350 GPH pump is now connected to the sump pump hose which is 1 1/4 inch. The two heaters work wonders. We have the coldest summer on record and each payday I buy a little more to keep the pool running. All of this would be to much for a normal summer. The pool has reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit twice this summer. I was going to get another 200 foot of sump pump hose but I decided to repair two wind generators instead.


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Diy Swimming Pool Vacuum

Diy Swimming Pool Vacuum | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
I built the Diy Swimming Pool Vacuum with spare parts.
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Diy Swimming Pool Vacuum

The Diy swimming pool vacuum is easy to make. I used the 1 1/4 inch sump pump hose. It is 24 foot long I duct taped a two liter bottle to one end and zip tied a broom handle to it. I will later get a long pool cleaner pole and secure the hose to that. I will eventually buy the real pool vacuum head.

The water that flows out of the pool has a four inch adapter and I decided that I could make something to go over it since I couldn’t find an adapter to fit it.

 

Go to your hardware expert and have the representative bring your four inch sleeve convert down to 1 1/4 inch sump pump hose. I hope it can be done less than $40.00. This was left over from another experiment and worked just fine for this project and at least it didn’t go to waste.

Some times air gets trapped under the four inch sleeve. Just push down on the smaller part of the hose and crack the seal and a big air bubble will float to the top and you will hear the pool filter pump start running at normal speed again. I call it burping the hose.

 

We use two people to sweep the pool and burp the hose. OK, back to work. When this is done the pool filter is very dirty. I have two off grid solar pool heaters so that I can keep this pool up and running three months longer than anybody else on the coldest summer in michigan.


For videos how to start with solar panels http://solarandwindenergy.co/diy-solar-power
For videos how to start with off grid solar hot water http://solarandwindenergy.co/diy-solar-hot-water


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Grid Tie Inverter | DIY Solar & Wind

Grid Tie Inverter | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
water tight grid tie inverter that mounts to the back of the solar panel and plugs into the outlet.
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Grid Tie Inverter

This inverter is so awesome that it mounts to the back of the solar panel and is equipped to plug right into the outlet. This is a water proof inverter. I have one of these grid tie inverters and I plugged it into an extension cord that plugs into the outlet in the garage. This kind of inverter can connect to another and then to the outlet. You can connect up to six of these grid tie inverters before you plug it into the wall.

water proof grid tie inverter

I have six solar panels that will someday be put on a solar array. These grid tie inverters will be mounted on the back of each solar panel. Then one inverter plugs into the other and the sixth inverter plugs into your outlet in a small water-tight box on the back of the solar array and run that into your garage. I wanted to build a solar array with this kind of inverter this year but this summer is so cold that I have built a DIY solar pool heater instead. I will have a solar array similar to this hopefully this time next year. Just imagine this solar array having six solar panels and six of these grid tie inverters connected.

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pumps for solar heated pool | DIY Solar & Wind

pumps for solar heated pool | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
Swimming pool pumps run 109 GPH each. Each pump is a 45 watt DC pump that connects to a solar panel. off grid solar heater pumps for the swimming pool
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Pumps for your solar heated swimming pool.

I chose this pump because it was 45 watts per hour and 109 gallons per hour sounds like a lot of water. I already have lots of solar panels at 45 watts. I bought a second pump after I started getting more solar hoses. This is possibly the coldest summer here in Michigan ever.  I bought more hoses and more hoses and a second solar pump. My solar hoses consist of 250 foot of sump pump hoses and 350 foot of garden hoses with another 300 foot of sump pump hose on the way.  The sump pump hose is 1 1/4 inch black hose.

Pumps for solar heated pool, 12 VDC, 300 GPH

Since this is a 45 watt water pump that is connected to a solar panel, its now considered an off grid solar pump for heating the swimming pool.

 

Pumps for solar heated pool

Both of my pumps run close to 200 gallons per hour. I don’t think thats a lot but it is working pretty good. I took into consideration of resistance and distance through 600 foot of hoses.  I have ordered 300 foot more of the sump pump hose so I might buy a 3rd pump for the solar heated pool.

 

Everything that I have purchased was fairly affordable except for the adapter pieces from the garden hose to the sump pump hose which adds up fast.

 

I have an extra swimming pool pump in the garage but thats about 1200 gallons per hour and I think that the water doesn’t need to go that fast unless I have 1000 foot of black 1 1/4 inch solar hoses or more. I wish you all good luck with your pumps for solar heated pools.

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DIY 45 watt Solar Panel kit | DIY Solar & Wind

DIY 45 watt Solar Panel kit | DIY Solar & Wind | solar and wind energy | Scoop.it
the DIY 45 watt Solar Panel kit is the best way to start learning how easy solar panels work and a lot of videos.
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My first solar panel kit

This was my first solar panel kit. Now I have seven of these. These are great for starters. I like the fact that I can run to a store near my house and get it set up in less than 30 minutes. I have several of these connected to a grid tie inverter and plugged into the outlet. If you have the one story house you can install both five watt bulbs in your ceiling from the attic.

 

I have several more solar panels but this is the one to get started with. The DIY 45 watt Solar Panel kit is how I learned with a hundred of Youtube videos. I have a tight budget but Its been five years since I started and I now have 16 solar panels. I will some day build a solar array to put on the ground and mount the eight 45 watt solar panel kits so they look nice in the yard.


45 watt Solar Panel kit formula

In lower michigan we get about 4 peak sun hours per day average so 45 X 4 = 180 watts per day. Now you can imagine that I get way more than that in the summer and a lot less wattage in the winter. You will want to go out in the winter with a broom and dust the snow off so I can get better results from the 45 watt Solar Panel kit. I think that in the winter we get almost one peak sun hour for the day.

Here is a photo of my yard with my 16 solar panels. It doesn’t look so nice but just think about how much free electricity I make every year for the rest of my life.


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