Installing Solar on a Tiny Home

Posted on April 17, 2017 By

Hello everybody, my name is Jeremy Allen with Wholesale Solar. We’re here today to install an off-grid system on a tiny home. Tiny homes are perfect candidates for off-grid battery-based systems, as their energy requirements are not as high as a normal home that we all are used to. We’re here with our friends, Tammy and Logan, with their patent design tiny home. Alright, well why don’t you guys tell me a little bit about your tiny home here? – Sure, so we lived in our little house for about four years full time, and now we use it more as a vacation cabin. – And so your electrical demands probably aren’t as high as they were when you were living here full time? – Yeah, we’ve adapted a bit. We needed more air conditioning in the summer and electric heating in the winter, but the woman who designed the home actually had a lot of solar panels herself, and she ran off-grid a lot. And so the home is set up in a way to have a lot of low electricity needs. So we have LED lighting, we just run phones, laptops, and we have just wifi router.

We have a little refrigerator, a mini refrigerator now. – Perfect. So, today what we’re do is we’re gonna install just a couple of solar panels, a couple of small batteries, a charge controller, and inverter, just to take care of their basic needs. We’ve made this stand pretty basic to where we can adjust that angle through the year and actually collapse it all the way down. We have a couple of solar panels here, just 12 volt 160 watt solar panels. These guys are gonna be able to produce power any time the sun’s directly on them. We choose Crown batteries because of their reliability and the fact that they’re committed to environmental responsibility. We’re really happy to work with Crown as a battery supplier. We got a pretty standard design: we’re gonna go from the solar panel wires that are running over there, those solar panels are gonna come into a charge controller, through a series of breakers and then the battery bank is gonna feed our inverter, which is actually gonna power our AC loads. In this situation, they’re 6 volts each, so we have to put an interconnect wire to create the 12 volts. Make our final connections, tighten down, and keep it water tight.

This whole unit will pick up and will actually be able to sit right inside the waterproof container, and that’ll all sit right over the top of the batteries so everything’s in a very compact design. Many folks’ll do this on their own, many folks will have the help of their friends and family or community to install a system like this. You don’t have to have a bunch of special tools, or a bunch of special knowledge, we’ll guide you with any questions you have while you’re going through it. We started out with the frame and the solar panels pretty early in the day, got the wires all pulled through the box, and batteries wired and everything now. Guess it’s only one thing left to do, and try out the power! – Alright, let’s see what we got. – Woohoo! – Alright! Well, thank you all for joining us here at Wholesale Solar for another installation and helping some folks out getting some power. I hope you join us next time..

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