Brian Boone came Monday morning to install our new solar system. He did a magnificent job. John and I will recommend him any time!
Quickly, he was up his ladder with the solar panels.
After both panels we on the roof of the coach, he invited me to come to the roof and decide where I wanted them located.
We wanted to make sure that the space was used carefully in order to provide room for the panels that will be added next year. Of course, I deferred my decision to Brian since he is the expert.
So here I am in my sunbonnet pretending I know where to put the solar panels.
It was not long until Brian had the roof portion of the installation completed. Now, for the wiring.
Thank goodness he did not ask me to choose colors for the placement of the wires.
Note the thickness of these wires. The thicker the wire gauge, the less power you loose while traveling from the solar panels to the coach
In the basement, our Tiffin Allegro Bus came equipped with a metal lined compartment that contained a gas grill. We removed grill shortly after purchasing our new to us Bus.
The Blue Sky solar boost 3024i charge controller was installed in that compartment. The perfect place for the controller.
Next to be installed was the Blue Sky energy panel that provides readings of the volts and amps available.
The wiring was the biggest challenge due to needing to remove our Splendide washer/dryer and drilling through the ceramic flooring and sub-floor. Those wires were to travel from the charge controller underneath to the display panel in our bedroom.
It was a messy job, but one would not know it afterward. Brian comes equipped with a vacuum to remove all traces of wood and ceramic dust and chips.
By two o'clock, we were running on solar power.
There is plenty of room on the roof for five or six more panels that we will add a few at a time.
Right now, we are doing great on what we have - using forethought about when we want to operate our crock pot, bread machine, vacuum, and rice cooker.
We are thrilled with our power situation! Now, we are able to boondock and hardly give any thought to our energy consumption.
We are thinking that the solar will also help us when staying at RV resorts that charge for electricity. Now, we do not need to plug into their power source. How cool is that?
Thank you Brian Boone for doing a super job installing our solar system. We look forward to working with you next January.
After Brian left, John went to work installing a shelf in the bottom of our closet.
We have placed our shoes under the shelf and will be deciding what goes on the shelf soon. Can you believe we now have more storage than we know what to fill it with?