The solar system out in the coop has really been kicking ass on a typical sunny Florida day. It has the battery totally recharged with room to spare by the afternoon. Last night I decided to grab one more small 50 watt panel that I am going to try to mount on the coop roof itself. I figured it will give me a little extra solar real estate for those days where the sun is not at full power. The other reason I decided to grab the small panel is I already had a spare MC4 extension cable and Anderson adapter from the initial project, I may as well utilize them. I will plug the small panel into the PWM side of the Yeti 1000. I have the two 160W panels going into the higher output MPPT side.
The only part of the project where I wish I made a different choice is the size of the Yeti. I think the 1400WH unit would have made a better choice to run ALL of the coop during off peak hours. With the 1000WH battery I have to split off a couple things like the fans to AC power, otherwise I would be cutting it too tight each night. I can feel that alternative energy projects may be one of my next hobbies. I already have been looking at mini-wind turbines, building solar battery packs and a few other topics that may blossom into other uses of green energy around the property.
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