The DIY World Installing Solar Panels On A Home In Australia

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I was asked by a friend in Australia to install his solar panels, batteries and inverter. This was a good opportunity for me to practice my skills in solar power installation.

He had a complete solar power set complete with four 80 watt solar panels, two huge batteries, a solar charge controller and a pure sine wave inverter. This is from a camper he once had.

At first we decided to cut an old wooden pallet to size and put the batteries on that. My friend and his kids helped get the pallet ready.

When that was done i put the batteries on the pallet. This was a challenge because each battery weighs 160 pounds. I then wired up the batteries together in parallel to increase the total Amp Hours of the battery bank while keeping a 12 volt system.

We drilled a hole in the box to accept the wires coming from the solar panels. I put a solar panel on the porch roof to test the system out. After connecting the solar charge controller to the batteries I then wired up a solar panel to the charge controller and saw that it was charging the batteries.

But my friend came up with a better idea for the batteries and dragged out this huge trunk that will now house the batteries and double as a bench.

I got the batteries wired up in the new trunk and this is where I had to leave it for the day.

Please watch Part Two of the installation here:

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