Complete Cottage Systems

Complete Cottage Systems? Buyer beware! In general I would like to mention that there is no universal kit. Each situation and requirement needs to be taken into consideration individually. Most often, the outcome is very different from one location to another. Different sunshine hours, roof orientation, roof pitch, shading issues, year round or seasonal use…

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Sun Angle Versus PV Module Orientation.

What is the best angle and orientation for solar panels? That is a question that I am being asked over and over. As a general answer I will make a bold statement and I can prove it to you. Any roof is a good roof for solar power. Obviously on a north facing roof you…

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Trolling With Solar Power

Fishing Enthusiasts, Listen Up. Power Your Trolling Motor With Solar Power To the many of you who are thinking of electric trolling motors or even have one already.  It’s really a pain in the neck to take out your battery every Sunday evening to bring it to the shop for charging. There is an easy…

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Cutting Down On Generator Time

Cutting Down On Generator Time Most “Off-gridders” are very much concerned about the state of charge of their batteries and consequently expected battery life. Out with your Camper or at your cottage, there comes a time where after 4 days of clouds your batteries are running a bit low.  No sunshine in the forecast you…

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Are You Ready For Camp

Are You Ready For Camp? Right now is the best time of the year to prepare for the upcoming season of fishing hunting and camp life. Maybe try to remember the plans you had made last fall before closing up? Oh, I need new batteries because the old ones are not holding their charge. Or,…

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Myths And Truths About Solar Panels

Myths and Truths About Solar Panels. Myths debunked There is a myth that PV Modules (Solar Panels) act like a micro wave. Modules mounted on your roof will eventually cook your brains and cause cancer.                    This sounds like a conspiracy theory.  (Sorry, I have to laugh.) There is no scientific evidence to support any of…

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Electricity. The Very Basics

Electricity. The Very Basics Explained. First and foremost, this post by no means will prepare you to do electrical work safely. Leave that to the professionals please. This post is just to clarify 4 terms that some folks are throwing around and not really understand what they mean. The most basic terms are: Volt, Ohm,…

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Advantages of MPPT Charge Controllers

There are a few different charge controllers you can use to regulate the charge to your batteries. Regulators PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) Regulators are the most simple charge control devices. They allow the battery voltage to rise up to a pre-set level and then simply shut off until the battery…

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Tax Incentives Making Renewable Energy More Attractive

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/5147 On March 19th of 2019 the Government of Canada is set to announce the new budget for the federal government. While what is in that document will have a major impact on many people, I would like to remind people about a tax write off which was put on the books during the fiscal…

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Sizing And Use Of Generators Off The Grid

Off Grid, And Back Up Generators Most anyone who lives off the grid or has a remote cabin with an off grid power system will need a back-up generator sooner or later. There are good reasons why you should have a generator. When we encounter a cloudy stretch your PV (Solar) panels likely will not…

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