Plateau Hame De Colquhoun dealing with heat and solar

Since we don’t have AC, during the really hot days we stay quiet, lay in front of the fans, or run errands. But this last week we haven’t been handling the heat so well.. It’s not cooling down as much at night, which doesn’t give us a chance to cool off. But it’s not just us it’s affecting, it’s affecting the solar.

When it’s hot (Yesterday it was 124° feel like 118 and over night in the 90s) the fans on the controller and inverter run, which is okay during the day, when there’s enough light to charge. But at night those fans draw a lot of power from the batteries. If we leave the big fridge on overnight the batteries will be dead by morning. Luckily the fridge is gas or electric.

We have few options to resolve this issue, and have everything to do it. We need to get cooler days to build and work outside. Until then we are busy trying to stay cool.

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Solar still not working

Well had electrician come out and look at the solar for us.. The combiner box is bad, the new controller is “back-feeding” power.. Which is confusing everyone, as it’s hooked up right and shouldn’t be back-feeding.. So consensus is this controller is bad too.. The electrician believes that the combiner box killed both controllers, or we got 2 bad controllers..

So now we are once again dealing with the company.. We’re not sure about getting any replacements as we want things that work..

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So many projects not enough sunny days!

photo is rain coming over #ladronepeak.. 2 days of rain and cloudy days is making hard on the little solar system. Rain has also slowed us even more on the bigger 8k system. We are very close to finishing but much of what’s left needs sunny days. Last week all our sunny days we’ve been busy with other life projects.

It’s now evening and clearing off, we are fully booked up with campers for weekend here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun. We just finished up getting everything set up for the #campers. We’ve been so busy even Dreugan has passed out.

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Enjoying a good fire!

Spent a night sitting around the firepit! Worked on getting the batteries, inverter, controller all set up in the battery house. We need to make a run into Lowes or Home Depot to get few more items before we can hook everything up. It’s slowly getting close to being finished! Then onto the next project…

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Solar build almost finished

The solar panels are mounted. Tomorrow we move the batteries and get them setup. This is the 8k system that will be powering the Music Studio/Library and the guest container. We have a small setup yet to build and move the smallest!

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