Last year I powered my camp entirely from the sun (with the exception of our ridiculous lighting on Pipe Dream). I built a solar power station that stored electricity generated from solar panels in two large gel-cell batteries, and provided 2 kW of pure sine wave power. It powered our camp’s Wi-Fi and lighting, as well as our toaster.


Equipment list:

Panels 3 72-cell, 230 W, leased from BRS
Charge Controller Morningstar TriStar MPPT 60
Inverter Samlex 24V 2000W Pure Sine Wave
Batteries 2 SunXtender PVX-2120L 12 V 212 Ah
Electrical Panel MidNite Solar MNE125ALT
DC Breakers MidNite Solar MNEPV-XX
AC Breakers MidNite Solar MNEACXXQZD
Surge Protector MidNite Solar MNSPD-300-DC on PV Input
Monitoring Pentametric PM-5000-U and PM-102-USB, and a BeagleBone Black with LCD display and custom software.
Hardware Custom-designed and built PVC rack, XRS Rails, associated mounting hardware. Also, breakers, outlets, grounding hardware, surge protection on panels.