Solar Power Installations for Houseboats
(Green River Lake)
Solar panels and power installation options on houseboats.
We are planning a solar power installation for our houseboats. My slip neighbor & myself are both leaning heavy to solar panels to charge inverter batteries while tied in cove.
Question, once solar panels are sized, installed along with charge controller,etc.-- do we have to isolate on-board charger with switching device to isolate it from circuitry to avoid damage?
Also, should there be a switch to isolate solar assembly from the system once in "port" and back on utility power (on-board charger is now recharging inverter batteries)?
My thoughts are like a "Guest" 12 volt manual switches. (Not plugging for a name brand)
Thanks in advance for any feedback, Tim. Reply - Answer
Well Tim, congratulations on your really nice looking houseboat, and also on deciding to install solar panels as a clean alternative power source.
As to whether you should install on/off switches (Guest style) in the circuit, you will find that they are often installed, just as to offer a simple way to isolate one circuit from the other.
The charge controller and battery charger
generally have one way diodes (or circuitry) to not allow charge current to run the opposite way. You will however want to fuse, or limit the current with proper circuit protection.
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On that page, you will also see a collections of good solar power books to help gather all the knowledge necessary to really design and implement a truly alternative power source.
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