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Solar Power for our camp!

$102 of $3,872 goal

Raised by 2 people in 33 months
Mike Phillips  SAN JOSE, CA
I first brought solar power in 2010 to our camp. Several folks used it to charge their electronics. I'm proud to be bringing larger scale green electrical power derived from our sun in the middle of the desert for frozen margueritas, smoothies, lighting, and better gray water evaporation for our camp at the Black Rock Roller Disco!! You bring the mixers and alcohol, I'll furnish the solar power!! Uses could be limitless.

Look at my facebook page for posts on the adventures of this solar project!! The panels are currently stored in the back yard.

Our generators are often maxed out so there is not any extra electrical power for the rest of the camp. This solar array can fill in much of that gap. It would be nice if some day this solar installation would allow one or both generators to sit in silence so we don't have to hear or smell them running 24/7 or even reduce our fuel costs of 100-150 gallons of gas.

The solar panels are mounted with well enginineered mounting brackets and support poles so the wind will not affect them. I will be using a tiny portion of the solar array to charge my bicycle. Below is the list of solar components that I have already purchased in the past few  weeks that are being packed and readied for the trek into the desert.

$500 - 4000 watt inverter (Used. Repaired and tested. $4300 new.
$60 - Solar rated 10 gauge wire, 100 ft.
$40 - 20 pairs of mc4 connectors.
$672 - Midnite Classic 200 mppt charge controller, 3 breakers.
$150 - Connectors and crimp tool.
$1600 - Ten 215 watt solar panels.
$50 - Mounting brackets.
$200 - Mounting poles
Free - All of my labor and fuel to get everything to our camp.

$3272 Sub total

Puchases to be made in the next few days:
$300 power distribution panel.
$400 deep cycle batteries. Need to spend more on batteries, but I just don't have the funds. Currently trying to rent a fork lift battery.

We are looking at a total of $3872.

The panels will be mounted to my travel trailer up high enough to not be a hazard.

Feel free to ask any questions!
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Update 7
Posted by Mike Phillips
29 months ago
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The solar array performed very well in the 'normal' conditions in the desert. But it did exceptionally well during 50mph winds, rain, and lots of lightning! Many lemonade freezes and margaritas were made with solar power during the hottest part of each day!
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Update 6
Posted by Mike Phillips
33 months ago
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The entire 10 panel solar array, inverter and batteries will be assembled on the trailer this Saturday for a complete system test!! That will be a week before the system heads out to BurningMan! Once that occurs, it will be time to pack everything up for the trip.
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Update 5
Posted by Mike Phillips
33 months ago
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If you had not already seen the news, the inverter was load tested using the air conditioning in the trailer. The air conditioning has not been used before at BurningMan. It's just a handy way to test part of the electronics. Here is a link to the one minute video of test.

http://youtu.be/5bupHFqN2h4?list=UUa2HXT2GnT1BVKvdStib_PA
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Update 4
Posted by Mike Phillips
33 months ago
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Today three solar panels were mounted to the trailer.
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$102 of $3,872 goal

Raised by 2 people in 33 months
Created July 30, 2014
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Anonymous
33 months ago
LW
$52
Lisa Wright
33 months ago

Wish I could be there.

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