The concepts and basic components of using solar energy are the same whether you’re using it in a house, remote cabin, trailer or tent…

I have a small camper trailer. It’s mostly a weekend retreat and located on the shore of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. I have beautiful water, gorgeous sunrises, sandy beaches, trees, breezes, my kayak and solar electricity. The solar electrical set up I have runs my furnace fan, water pump, music, lights, portable computer and all kinds of other gadgets I would sorely miss if I didn’t have it. I’m quite comfortable and the set up works great. I’ve been using it for over seven years.

As a result, I have put together this website for those of you who want to have a simple solar setup. This site will answer a lot of your questions: What kind of solar panels do you need? Why? What’s the difference? How big? How many? How big a battery should you get? What kind? And so many more.  

Like anything, solar electricity has a language. Whether your solar electrical set up involves a house, trailer or tent you’ll become familiar with words like array combiner, deep cycle battery, and charge controller, and power inverter, PV, and amps, and amp hours, watts, volts, electrical wire, cable, solar panels, and sine waves, 12v solar, ring terminals, AGM, gelled, AWG, standard flooded, monocrystalline, AC, DC, and so many more depending on how complicated your solar set up gets. All the pieces are inter-related. All of it must fit together.

This web site identifies and ties together the solar electrical components of any simple solar set up. It puts the basics of solar electrical power all in one place which makes it easier to understand.

Good luck with your endeavor!


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