Nasty Truth about Solar Power

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Here is the strait truth about solar. I know the solar company’s are not going to like me after this but I live on solar everyday I know the facts in and out. Debunking some air conditioner myths about YouTubers running air conditioners on just a few panels.
Here at Goforgreenliving Homestead we love our solar system but don’t depend on it. When I say that I mean its not going to give us all that we want during rainy days or even rainy weeks. We know how to adjust to this and keep things going come learn what we do when sky’s are grey. We hope this helps!

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26 thoughts on “Nasty Truth about Solar Power

  1. I live five months a year off grid and only have a car battery. Fridge, hot water, everything including a dishwasher. Be adding a clothes washer next once I get the free LG washer fixed. They are only 300W without the heater. My system diverts loads based on priority. No electrons are wasted. System runs even in the rain though not more than the fridge. My total cost was less than $100 over panel costs. Of course, this can't be duplicated using commercial equipment.

  2. Using your panels as a roof over your power room is a great idea, I like the panels, batteries and inverter to be as close to each other as possible, how far away the 110 volt house and well are is much less of an issue. I also like your suggestion of starting out on a budget without the panels, that sounds like $2000 instead of $5000. If you get lots of cloudy weather a PWM charge controller can keep your batteries from charging, a more expensive MPPT charge controller works way better in partial light. Also you might consider an above ground water tank for your well, it's way cheaper storage than batteries. Thanks for the video!

  3. modern 2017 8000 btu window air conditioners use 500 watts max over 120vAC. We have some for our house instead of the central. Even if you had 3 of em that's still only 1500W total. No one has to run the central A/C to stay cool. And that's not a constant draw either, they cycle a lot.

  4. some day they'll revamp the technology it will be way more powered and you can store way more for less space used, for rainy days or store enough for all winter, ect.

    solar, our cars, education system, all these things will be improving alot in our future.

  5. It's difficult to see enough to be sure..But for those interested. Your panels need to not only be at the right angle pointing in the right direction…they must also have zero shade …even slight brnch shade will harm their ability to produce..No obstructions ..even a few shaded portions of a panel on an otherwise highly lit panel it will degrade the value of it's production and affect the entire system production. It gets complicated but please if interested look it up and learn. Tanks for sharing Nice system…

  6. Woow, you are stating some scary and inaccurate cost figures. I installed 20 x 300W panels (produced in your country and imported to mine) as well as SMA inverters and 900Ah worth of lead-acid batteries, total cost roughly $21400, that was around 2015. Hardly ever connect to the grid. During daytime I heat water (150l geyser), run pool and borehole pump. Carry the rest of the typical household consumption (still use electric stove). Key is quality components and managing the system. Living in Africa helps too, lol.

  7. when doing solar try to connect your solar panels to as high voltage as your charge controller can take, people go on about higher voltage been more efficient but they don't explain why, low amps and high voltage flows down the wires far better than low voltage high amps, you could say amps love to cling to the sides of a pipe and block it but volts slip down the pipe with ease, with high voltage you can also use thinner copper cables so its a win win, also use a mppt charge controller as they are far better than the old pwm controllers.

  8. Like everyone else has already said; MPPT controller. It'll be the best purchase you have ever made regarding solar.

    Also, like others have said, your panels REALLY look like they're partially shaded for at least part of the day.
    This could actually be costing you efficiency of other panels, depending on configuration, as well as definitely killing the output of one panel.
    Even a small shadow can really harm a panel's output. Maybe trim back those plants a bit? 😀

  9. old people time they pay off this they well die of old age and the payments are higher then our old way.and you caint get the power you need who pays for the maintenance its going to be high ones from collage well charge us 500 to 1000 dollars to fix breakdowns if they stop coal people could die of heat stroke.if people buys gas for generator gas prise well go up buy big n-gas tanks put on land use n-gas if you own home and land connect n-gas to generater from large natural gas tank on land ..
    trump said coal well be here power bill now going up from duke power in nc.

  10. I'm sorry, but the "Nasty Truth" is that you did not properly plan your Power Budget. A properly done Power Budget takes into account: voltage of the the system, items you plan on using, how much wattage they take per hour, average daily sun, etc. All this information is then put into a spreadsheet that calculates what size system you need; panels, batteries, etc.. A good power budget also allows you to choose how many days of 'no Sun' you want to plan for. So the "Nasty Truth" is that you did not research enough; sorry. Solar works great when the system is designed properly.

  11. A 5,000 watt air conditioner would be huge! What you mean is a small air conditioner is 5,000 BTUs. A 5,000 BTU air conditioner is just under 1500 watts. A 2000 watt Inverter should run it just fine.

  12. nobody talks about the loss the earth will have when so much solar power is converted to electricity rather than being used by plants to grow. If the sunlight is diverted in such large amounts to run our power grid, soon there will be food shortages and a large drop in the global temperature, as there is a finite amount of sunlight reaching the surface of the planet. Rather than blankets of clouds causing a nuclear winter, it will be the solar collectors causing the end of life…

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