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  1. A phone number would be helpful. I cant find one on google.
  2. Thank you for the link but daylight hours and sunlight hours are quite different. If I were to use daylight hours I would overestimate the amount of power the panels collect and send to me. That is an important consideration when selecting the number of panels needed. I am using 8 hours of sunlight as a beginning estimate as opposed to the 11+ hours daylight on the charts. That brings down my total input by about 30-40ah per day for each 150w panel. Thank you for your comment.
  3. Full sun or cloud makes a difference on the output of a panel.
  4. You are spot on with your comments. The garage door opener motor use can be controlled by us, the other motor is the water pump which is also intermittent and we can control how often we flush when the power is out so the 115ah battery will supply for 12 hour outage easily, especially with a little help from the solar panel. I currently have a power meter connected to the fridge and will use that info to estimate the daily draw from that and whether I need to increase the panels or the battery pack to accomodate. I am leaning to add another 150w panel (monocristoline) for at least the advantage of reducing the voltage drop. To keep a 2 % limit on voltage drop, the wire sizes become huge and the controller I bought will handle 24v even if i am charging a 12 volt battery. That means that I can increase the efficiency by connecting another one in series (24v) and getting the most from the 8AWG I have. Especially since I am looking to possibly expand the system that will give me 30 amps where wire size becomes critical to distance. I have to consider that the wet cell battery I have doesn't like to be depleted more than half so for the extra $1900 pesos to buy another 150 panel, I will increase the efficiency to a 24 v system, and add another 10ah =20ah total and that should be pretty good. The question about sunlight hours, and not daylight hours, helps to estimate the output of the panels on average for design of the system. Once I have it set up, I will be able to monitor and make any adjustments, the fewer the better, because components are expensive ...laugh. Thank you for your input.
  5. Of course, I didnt want to complicate the post with all the other components I need including the most expensive item, an inverter with full sine wave output because I want to run motors. The one i am looking at cost 8000 pesos and i havent bit the bullet yet ...laugh.
  6. Does any know or can direct me to a site that provides the number of sunlight hours here in Ajijic? I have found Guadalajara but I think they get more cloud than we do. I am a DIY er and that info would help me determine the number of panels I need to charge my battery, the house backup battery that is ... I only want to provide backup for essential utilities when the power goes out. Mainly the garage door opener and the water pump which only run occasionally and maybe squeeze in the refridgerator. I am going to set up another fuse box from the main panel with only the circuits that I could use when the power goes out, probably around 6. Power outage rarely exceeds 12 hours so I have to factor that into the equation for what I want to do. I have considered a generator but in the final analysis I dont want to disturb my neighbour’s peace nor my own, although it is a lot simpler and cheaper. I am now the proud owner of a 115ah deep cycle battery and a 150 solar panel which I tested as putting out 21 volts in the sun so I’m happy. Its giving me 10ah so knowing how much sun we get would help me decide if I should hook up another panel. This is a beginning of a fun project.
  7. Thank you. I was tempted to start a new thread but the title was Questions about ...... so I put it in. I am new to this board so my apologies.
  8. I am setting up a small solar backup system so I can open my garage door and operate the water pump when the CFE is down. Does anyone know where I can get MC4 connectors around Ajijic/Chapala or do I order from Amazon? Gracias
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