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Le Bear

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 I looked for an introductions thread but didn't see one anywhere, but as was stated, I'm a newbie here.
My primary concerns were in working lights and small appliances, but I've seen you folks have discussions on much more than simply that, which seems also would be interesting and helpful. The only solar items I've ever even owned were a dandy little solar pocket calculator I swept up off the floor while cleaning out a warehouse circa 1988, and two small yard lights from Walmart circa late 2018. Several years ago I collected a few computer battery backup units doing a clean-up, and learned they could be charged by solar means, so I've saved them to possibly use in some manner.
 I'm considering building a little shack in the middle of nowhere, with all the basic amenities, including a water well of course, and am looking for ways to solar power the project, so am hoping to learn what is possible in the time there is between now, and then. I'll also be looking for the proper place to start that thread.
 I'm happy to meet you folks, and hope our conversations will be beneficial to all 😉

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Welcome, don't be afraid to ask questions, but replies may be a bit slow sometimes. Look around http://www.builditsolar.com for inspiration, lots of DIY solar there. Here are my pages there- 
http://www.builditsolarblog.com/2012_03_01_archive.html 
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Le Bear

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 Thank you Sundug. I read your reply at the weekend and promptly skipped over the primary site link to get to the rest of it. You have written some great articles, and done some very fine things. I have considered solar(and wind) for quite some time, but haven't had the chance or taken the time to study it sufficiently enough to even post a very intelligent line. And I only have a basic idea as to the panels, an inverter, some batteries, and probably 12V LED lights, small fans and such. Most likely a propane cook stove, wood heater and etc. etc. Not even a basic plan, simply an idea bouncing around, with a long ways to go.
  I looked at some of the projects you've done there, and they are very impressive. By trade I am a commercial carpenter and have little problem (other than my rapidly growing age) constructing most anything necessary, using metal, wood, and/or concrete.
  Last night, while giving my email a rare look, I saw a notification of your post, and this time recognized the first link to be more than mere filler, and was very glad for that revelation because it proved the entire site to be filled with extremely interesting projects, and I greatly thank you for that, as well as your entire post.
 Maybe soon enough I can consider incorporating some of the things you have done into mine, and I hope the tour goes well for you.
 
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Lighting and small fans are low power draws, but water pumping can need a fair amount of power, depending on the depth of the well.  I am fortunate to have gravity fed spring water, but I have helped a friend set up a PV direct water system pumping up to a tank which gravity feeds to the house. That way you just need a small panel and pump compared  to pressure pumps.
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