#4 - ACTIVE FAMILY SOLAR HOME - PRODUCES ABOUT 8-12 KILOWATT-HOURS ON A SUNNY DAY
More power suitable for a family of 3 or 4, or home office. This covers all of example #3 plus power for a high efficiency (Energy Star) AC refrigerator or energy efficient chest freezer, and extensive computer or TV use. Washing machine and 120 volt well pump run from inverter AC, but uses generator backup if weather remains overcast. 48 volt battery is recommended especially if future expansion is planned. Systems of this size typically utilize industrial class batteries.
SOLAR: 2000-3000 WATTS: Six to twelve 250W or larger solar modules
MOUNT / RACKING: Ground, Roof, or Pole
POWERCENTER: Magnum Mini-Panel system with 4400W, 48V sinewave invertter, 60-80 Amp MPPT charge controller, RC50 Remote (or ARC50, if you want auto-gen start), string combiner, lightning protection and cabling.
METER: Trimetric Battery Meter
BATTERIES: 8-16 Trojan or Deka L16s or Rolls/Surrettes and cables
Approximate cost of a system this size is $13,000 to $25,000.
Recommended Generator: Honda EU7000is