#2 CONSERVING COTTAGE PRODUCES ABOUT 1.5 TO 3 USABLE KILOWATT-HOURS ON A SUNNY DAY
This cottage power system runs high efficiency lighting, TV, stereo, & DC water pumping. The AC power inverter runs color TV, DVD player and/or satellite receiver, stereo; and limited use of vacuum, sewing machine, hand held power tools, computer, blender, DC powered deep well pump. An AC generator is used for large appliances like clothes washer, AC deep well pump and it gives extra charge to the battery at the same time. Battery can be 12 volt but should be 24 volt if expansion is intended. If you have high end electronics that are sensitive to modified wave inverters make sure to choose a sinewave option.
SOLAR: 375 - 750 watts. Three 250W solar modules with post mount would lean toward the higher side of the price range below.
MOUNT/RACKING: Ground, Roof, or Pole
CHARGE CONTROL: 30A or 60A MPPT Controller with temperature sensor
METERS: TriMetric Battery Meter, optional but recommended
HARDWARE: Midnite inverter disconnect, solar and inverter fuses, and connecting wires, as needed, Midnite Solar lightning protection
BATTERIES: 12V or 24V battery bank consisting of (6) T105s or up to (8) L-16RE-Bs, cables and venting
INVERTER/CHARGER: Magnum 2212, 2200W 12V modified wave inverter (for non-sensitive equipment) with RC50 Remote Digital Display or Magnum 2812 (2800W, 12V) or Magnum 4024 (4000W, 24V) Sinewave Inverter (for homes with sensitive electronics).
Approximate cost of a system this size is $4000 to $9000.
Recommended generator: Honda EU3000