This is a complete system to make an off the grid solar power back-up system to supply you with power should the grid go down. It is one of the best “how to” videos for this kind of project that we have seen to date.
All the instructions are included in this step by step video. We’ve provided a complete parts list, and where to get the parts. We think you’ll find it fairly easy to install the whole system.
There is no reason you can’t do this with the information provided. Do it one panel at a time over a few days if you have to. The complete parts list, and components are below the video.
Below is a the tools and parts list for the build.
- Squeeze clamp,C-clamp or vice grips
- Safety glasses
- Tape measure
45 watt solar kit
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Direct mounts for Roof that doesn’t need angle frames
Inverter (we used a 2000watt Chicago Electric) and here is a link to one similar to the one used in the build
Inverter to battery connection cables (you can purchase these or buy some cables from a truck dealership.
The battery terminal nuts,covers,and crossovers can be purchased at a Peter-built or Ken-worth truck dealership and the battery’s also with the threaded terminals.
NOTE: Harbor Freight sells batteries also that will work with the kit to. Here is the link
This battery should work with there cables they sell for inverters also. A battery charger is optional to buy for just in case you need to charge your battery’s and it has been dark for days on end and you still have power coming to you home from the grid and can recharge them using a charger. Here is a one by harbor freight.
The vent hose that we used for our battery’s was purchased at Autozone and the part number for it was 50063 Armour mark 3/8 fuel line (we used 8 feet) but you may need more or less.Note: if you buy the harbor freight battery’s they may need different ventilation options.
The mounting screws and other things that we used on the Roof was purchased from Walmart. The brand is called bulldog hardware and the part name and numbers are listed below:
- Insulated staples part#NM-250
- Long screws par# SM-85 QTY.2 packs needed
- Short screws part#SM-82
- Rubber Washers part#NW-280 QTY.3
- metal washers part#NW-57
Note: While you are at Walmart I would encourage you to get a tube of clear silicone for the roof staples.
This should be everything on the list that was used. Source