Increasing System Output

Just added another 8 panels to the system but will need to add 1 more so as to not have to use another charge controller..existing panels were 235watts each and the new one’s are 300 watts each.Will need to add another panel to match incoming voltage with the other 8..The first 8 are made up of 2 sets of 4 panels in series then paralleled. The new set will be 3 sets of 3 panels in series and then paralleled. This has to be done to almost match the incoming voltage to the charge controller.. Otherwise you would need 2 controllers, One for each set of panels and voltages, to keep maximum input from all panels. We will still be adding another 9 or 18 panels before the system is at capacity. This system is one of those that I have spoken about before. When possible we should build a system that will meet the needs for the home owner..If not affordable or warranted at time of start, then start and build as you go. just try to build with the products you want in your completed system. Try not to have to buy products twice to finish the system..Most systems can be built is such a way as to grow as you go, just start out with the right products. This set of panels will also get 1/2 inch hardware cloth added to keep down possible hail damage.

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Calvin graduated from Mineral Area College, majoring in Electronics, Physics and Math. He has worked at Westinghouse Electric as a design engineer for 3-phase transformers and Quality control of built product and at Callaway Nuclear Plant in start-up support and Materials Engineering, Electrical division. He has had owned his own business in electrical and communications for over 20 years and has built several homes as a general contractor. However his biggest interest is in providing Alternative Resources of Energy for rural homes and industries at a reasonable non cost-prohibited expense to customers. Calvin also had a small greenhouse business to help fund his college education and continued to do greenhouse and gardening for a added income through out the years.. Loves to garden and work with plant care. Calvin also did several years of electronic service and repair of Electronic equipment on hybrid and tube type of equipment. Calvin still studies about organic chemistry and other alternative energy services and supply solutions. Currently working on some inexpensive DIY collectors from 4 inch schedule 35 pvc with spray adhesive and alluvium foil to heat water or antifreeze for heating system.. Will show work as completed.

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