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Old 06-26-18, 02:46 AM   #1
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After searching CL for a couple years I finally found the deal that hit my price criteria. They don't get much less expensive than this. Bought 10 JinKo solar 310 watt panels for $500. So 3100 watts. Originally he was asking $75/panel and I just decided to throw out what I considered a nonsense number. Could not believe it when he said yes. They are a couple years old but almost unused as they were originally intended for a large solar installation. They all had minor flaws. Mostly cosmetic but a couple panels have scraped surfaces that I think should buff out easily. Apparently they were headed to the trash bin and the guy I got them from saved them from death.

Now the problem. I hadn't planned on doing anything with solar electric until next year as I'm working on solar heat this year. Don't really want to connect up to the local utility in the near future so I think the next step will be to start searching for either a Leaf or Volt battery pack to tear down. I plan on building a couple electric velomobiles over the next year so I can use the panels to charge the battery packs for the velos. I do have 1kwh of LifePo4's laying around right now so I could just turn those into a couple 500 whr packs also. Sorry for the rambling. You probably won't see much else from me in this post for a while as I already have too much on my plate. Just excited to share the price level on the panels.
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That’s a great deal.
I would look at installing them right away grid tied for now.
The sooner the better.
Solar is great but it makes a few dollars a day and it just takes time to add up.
The sooner they start making money the better.
Go to PV watts and see how much money you are losing each day they are not making power for you.
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That's around half the lowest price I normally see for panels like that.
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Yes. Very fortunate on this buy. That's why I bought before I was really ready for them.

"Solar is great but it makes a few dollars a day and it just takes time to add up.
The sooner they start making money the better.
Go to PV watts and see how much money you are losing each day they are not making power for you."

I average less than $30/month for electric(and that is split between two people). I know it would pay a portion back but then I would have to follow someone else's rules to connect up to the utility. I know enough about electricity to build a safe and usable standalone system when the time comes. Also there is still the minimum monthly fee of about $20/mo as far as I know. But I should double check and see if that's true if I have solar installed. Thanks for the thought though.
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Finally getting ready to do something with all the clutter laying around. I talked about the Volt battery I bought in a different post. Now I have separated it into 8 x 48 volt, 2 kwh battery packs. I already have a Victron charge controller. Most of what I need now is the electrical equipment to put everything together. That would be circuit breakers, enclosures, wiring etc. However I am still trying to choose an inverter. Do any of you guys have experience with Aims or Sigineer? I have read great reviews and terrible reviews about the Aims inverters including that they are not true sine wave. I've seen people say that the Sigineer is just a repackaged Aims. Any thoughts?



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