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  1. Just want to make sure I understand your needs correctly, you are wanting to recharge your trailer batteries, using solar or? Batteries require Direct Current. You only need an inverter to convert DC to AC.

  2. You are very welcome Ron, we are glad you found this article useful.

  3. You are very welcome Justin.

    Let us know if you want us to cover any other topics in the future!

  4. Hey Jim, this tends to be quite relative and depends on your application. We tend to recommend smaller solar panels for RV/campervan installations as this allows the most “flexible” use of space. Perhaps you want to position your panels in a particular pattern that allows room for vent covers or rooftop storage.

  5. Hey Jim,

    Admittedly we did forget to mention that ampacity ratings differ between power transmission and residential applications.

    We added a table that is specific for residential (National Electric Code table) which reflects the 15 amps for 14-gauge copper wire.

    We always encourage feedback from our readers, so thanks for that!

  6. Hi Kenny,

    So as it stands you want to run the following:

    Flat Screen TV: 100 watts (10 hours) – 1000 Wh
    Xbox: 170 watts (10 hours) – 1700 Wh
    Fan: 30 watts (8 hours) – 240 Wh
    Fridge: 50 watts (24 hours) – 1200 Wh
    LED Lights: 10 watts (5 hours) – 50 Wh
    Security Camera: 15 watts (15 hours) – 225 Wh

    Total watt hours usage per day: 4415 Wh
    Total watt hours usage per month: 132 kWh.

    Now we can use the formula provided: 132 (energy usage) / 156 (peak sun hours) = 0.846 x 1000 = 846 watts.

    This means you would need an 846-watt solar system to offset your energy usage.

    Please note, that this is a very rough calculation. other considerations such as inefficiencies have not been taken into consideration. Also, I have calculated your watt hour usage roughly based on the limited information you provided me.

    I hope this helps.

  7. Hi Gareth,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. Yeah, load shedding can be quite an issue!

    Are you looking to install solar panels — why are you looking for an inverter? I will pop you an email to discuss things further.

  8. Hi Oscar, please note we have now updated the article accordingly.

  9. Hey Colin, you are correct, thanks for pointing out that typo. We have rectified the units to read: kWh/kWp per day.

  10. Hi Norma,

    If you could give me a list of all the appliances you would like to run, their wattages, and the amount of time you would like to run them for, I can give you a breakdown of what system size you will need. Also, where are you located currently?

    Feel free to take this over to the forum too: https://forum.climatebiz.com

  11. Which part of the article are you referring to?

  12. No, these examples do not include batteries. Energy storage would greatly increase the overall cost.

  13. Hi Michael, we recommend contacting your local installer in order for them to quote you location-specific prices.

  14. Hi Kurt,

    The temperature of the Earth down 20 or 30 feet is a relatively constant number throughout the year. Generally sitting between 50 and 60 degrees F. So no, the water would not freeze.

  15. Hi Ron,

    Alibaba is the place for you to buy this specific inverter. Most of the manufacturers are now open to single-unit orders. You can chat with the representative of the company on Alibaba, they will answer all technical questions about their inverters.

  16. You are correct Punit, we have already gotten feedback from Tesla. You can expect an updated article within the next week.

  17. Hi there,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts/concerns.

    One such solution to the issue you mentioned is Smart charging, also known as V1G charging.

    This is a system where an EV and a charging device share the same data connection point. This allows you to intelligently manage exactly how your EV charges by connecting it to the grid. V1G charging makes optimal use of the energy that is available during certain periods of the day.

    Also, keep in mind that an EV battery can be used to store renewable energy during the day when production levels tend to be higher. In the evening, when most household consumption peaks, this energy can be discharged to relieve some pressure on the market.

    For utilities, this basically means that EVs offer the option for cheap energy storage, with no capital cost and relatively low operating costs. Not only can EV batteries be used to help stabilize the grid but EV owners will have the opportunity to earn money for this service.

    Today, smart charging is becoming even more “smart” with V2G technology now also being available.

    V2G technology allows charged power to be momentarily pushed back from your EVs battery back into the grid in order to alleviate and balance any variations in production/consumption.

    Lastly, keep in mind that the shift to renewables is a gradual phasing out process, with Nuclear perhaps playing a larger role than once thought.

    I recommend watching this educational video by Kurzgesagt to get a better idea of how Nuclear may be of assistance while shifting entirely to renewables.

  18. Hey Michael, thanks for the feedback. We’ll be releasing an upgraded version of our solar calculator next month and we’ll take your comment into consideration.

    Is there anything else you’d like to see in the calculator?

  19. Hey Saartjie,

    Thanks for reaching out to us!

    I recommend posting your comment on the Climatebiz Community, here you will have access to the Climatebiz experts.

    Go ahead and post your question as a new topic.

  20. Hey Paul, thanks for reaching out to us. We just launched the Climatebiz community, there you will have access to all our experts.

    We are trying to get all our converstations to happen there as the interface is more equipped for conversation flow.

    I recommended posting your questions as a new topic there. You can do so here: https://forum.climatebiz.com

  21. Hey Jo,

    One reason may be Tesla’s extensive service area.

    Where are you based?

    Feel free to join our Climatebiz Community to ask further questions there.

  22. Hi Ilyas,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    I recommend that you join the Climatebiz Community and ask your question there.

    We have just launched it and will be creating a category just for solar-powered crypto miners.

    You can post your question as a new topic here: https://forum.climatebiz.com/c/solar-powered-crypto-mining/14 and we will get your question answered soonest.

  23. Hi Andrew, I’m glad you enjoyed our article. Generally, people purchase batteries based on their power requirements. Ah stands for ampere-hour or amp-hour. An amp hour is simply a measure of how long a battery can provide one amp of power per hour.

    Therefore, a 50Ah battery will not last longer than a 100Ah battery.

    Batteries with higher capacity tend to cost more than those with less capacity. So, a 100Ah battery will always cost more than a 50Ah battery (assuming both have the same cell chemistry).

    With this in mind, it stands to reason why people opt for the battery capacity best suited for their power requirements. Why pay more for a larger battery when you don’t plan on using all its stored energy.

    I hope this clears things up for you Andrew?

    In this article we cover solar battery cost in detail. Here you can see that lower capacity batteries always cost less than batteries with higher capacity.

  24. We are glad you enjoyed our battery capacity resource Bhuvanesh.

  25. Dear Frank, thanks so much for your feedback. It’s fundamental for the improvement of our work. Would you be able to share your personal experiences to help the community also learn more?

    Regarding your specific comment, we try to back up all assertions with reputable sources. Although I can understand your frustration given the current global economy and supply chain issues, we too are feeling it. Any further, more specific feedback on any particular section would be welcome.

  26. You are very welcome Axel, do keep us updated on how the installation process goes.

  27. Hi Kevin, thanks for reaching out.

    Could you be a bit more specific as to what the label of your water pump says?

  28. In principle, all solar panels should be compatible with any battery. However this should be done with caution. If you are going to handpick brands instead of availing bundles, you should be prepared to DIY.

    Also, I have second thoughts about LAVO ESS since it is a hydrogen battery technology. You might need a special inverter for this.

    Practically speaking, tesla is selling their solar panels as a bundle with powerwalls. You can choose to buy Tesla panels and pair it with other ESS but this will hurt your long-term relationship with your installer/service provider.

    Most times it is better to avail the most cost-effective bundle in the solar plus storage market.

  29. Thanks Daniel, we agree that this is a great up and coming trend.

  30. Hey Michael,

    Thanks for reaching out to Climatebiz!

    Currently, I don’t think there’s a way for producers to charge up to 25% less for an equally rated 12V battery. Reducing its components (the ones that oxidize, providing electrons) consequently decreases the battery’s capacity, since the capacity is directly proportional to the amount of oxidizing material (thus, electrons flowing) in a battery.

    Alternatively, replacing certain elements could help reduce costs. That’s what many producers are looking into lately, including Tesla. The company has been working on eliminating cobalt from its batteries since 2018. Cobalt is present in the cathode of lithium-ion technologies and is a major concern for the EV battery industry since its responsible for a large chunk of the price of batteries.

    With the growing demand for batteries, increased demand for cobalt results in high prices (https://www.adamsmagnetic.com/blogs/costly-cobalt/)

    A few candidates are already replacing cobalt in cathodes (nickel, for instance). Still, so far, no other material was able to offer the same energy density and the same durability as cobalt-based cathodes. (https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/articles/reducing-reliance-cobalt-lithium-ion-batteries)

    Last year, Tesla announced the company could already produce cobalt-free batteries, which would result in cheaper batteries (https://www.torquenews.com/15553/elon-musk-said-tesla-can-already-do-without-cobalt-its-batteries-and-it-true/amp).

    Moreover, replacing materials could be the key to reducing battery cost, but developing new battery technologies altogether could be the answer to this problem. For example, solid-state batteries promise to last much longer than current battery technologies while providing higher energy density and costing less. But so far, they haven’t reached the commercialization stages.

    In conclusion, it’s hard to say the change that will make batteries cheaper, but reducing its components is not it. Replacing expensive parts for cheaper ones is one option. Conversely, developing better alternatives for current battery technologies could also provide cheaper batteries that offer the same features (or, ideally, improved features).

  31. Thanks so much, not sure how that slipped by us. Nevertheless, we have updated our article accordingly.

  32. That is the purpose of energy storage systems such as the Tesla Powerwall and its alternatives.

    People buy batteries for two main reasons:
    1. They want to use solar energy later in the day when the sun is not available.
    2. They want a source of backup electricity during emergencies such as brownouts/blackouts/”clouding” (when clouds block the sunlight)

    That is why a lot of people consider hybrid solar systems.

    Note: A Hybrid solar system combines the concept of both grid-tie and off-grid systems; it’s a grid-tied type setup with the added energy storage component for backup purposes.

    In your case, it’s difficult to estimate how much electricity your utility will ration to your home each time a brownout occurs. Therefore, people typically get an energy storage system (ESS) that can support their essential appliances during a blackout (no power coming from the utility).

  33. Hey Günther, thanks for reaching out. This article is referring to homeowners living in the U.S., hence the costs are higher than the amount you mentioned.

  34. Thanks for sharing Brian. Sounds like you have one great setup at home!

  35. Hey Ken,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    The number provided is an average reference, you will need to calculate the number of solar panels needed based on your location and average mileage – You can do this using the formulas provided.

    And yes the battery would drain overnight.

    Hope this helps!

  36. Hello Crevasse, yes that is correct. Naturally, you will lose efficiency when converting AC to DC, likewise from DC to AC again. The amount though depends on the equipment you are using.

  37. Hey David, thanks for reaching out. Where exactly are you based? Feel free to email me at kyle@climatebiz.com

  38. Hey, Thomas thanks for reaching out to us.

    We will soon be releasing a section on our website focusing on passive housing. This, in unison with a ground source heat pump, may certainly decrease your energy bills, especially during winter.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what is the total kWh consumption of the ground source heat pump in winter (minus all your other household appliances)?

  39. Thanks for sharing Arthur, seems like you guys have a pretty nifty setup!

  40. You are very welcome Allen!

  41. You are very welcome Allen!

  42. You are very welcome Gerhard, feel free to let us know should you have any further questions 🙂

  43. Hi Kevin, we are glad you enjoyed the article! 🙂

  44. I couldn’t agree more Ademola 🙂

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