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The ugly truth behind grid-tie solar systems. Part 1, FarmCraft101 solar. Watch before you buy!



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In Part 1, I go through the pros and cons of a grid-tied solar system in detail. We recently had a 9.1kw solar system installed, and even though I am not a solar expert, I learned a lot in the process! Hopefully other can benefit from my experience.

The ugly truth: With a grid-tie system, you cannot use your solar panels in a power outage!

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I will break even on my cost in about 8.5 years. The panels have a 25 year warranty. The grid tied inverter ($1200) has a 10 year warranty. Of course the inverter may last 15 or 20 years. Either way, excepting for possibly replacing the inverter, after 8.5 years this system will be earning almost $2000 per year.

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need???



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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need that is a tricky question watch the video and I will share my ideas with you. I hope you enjoy

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Working on the solar system today changing some wiring at the Homestead.



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We were working on the solar system today at the Homestead so when we run the jenny we are now able to charge up the batteries as well.

Off Grid Solar Power – How to Calculate Your Needs



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Are you trying to figure out how much power you’ll need from an off-grid solar power system? This video shows you how to calculate your energy needs to figure out exactly how many watts you need from your panels, what size of inverter and battery you should buy.

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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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Homestead vs Preppers

A YouTube First!!
Starting July 5th

July 5th dirt patch heaven dirt patch heaven
July 6th goforgreenliving
July 7th Homestead kids
July 8th off grid with doug and stacy
July 9th Deep south homestead
July 10th bigbear homestead
July 11th Ozark Off Grid Family
July 12th Permaculture Homestead
July 13th BlueGrassBound Homestead
July !4th Road to the Farm

The person before gets to ask the next person 2 question then they will talk about Homesteaders vs Preppers there is no telling what will be said.

You don’t want to miss this HUGE collaboration the information that will be shared will be priceless. If you don’t know who these people are go check out their channel and subscribe. You will see they will be worth your while to attend.

It starts July 5th on Dirt Patch Heavens channel then its a chain everyday going from channel to channel it will be fun.