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While I am not currently building a PV system I had to make this purchase. Found some basically unused 2-year old Jinko 310 watt panels for a near steal. Got 10 of them for $500. That's 16 cents a watt. Best price I've ever seen. Right now though I'm concentrating on the air heaters and additionally have a project with my truck. Those two projects will likely keep me busy the rest of the summer. So maybe next year I build my little electric generator. Or this winter.
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Nice find!

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Well I hadn't really planned this yet but sometimes things just fall into your lap.
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Found this Chevy Volt battery pack through CL and although not as good a deal as the panels, it was reasonably priced so once again I couldn't pass it up.

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This one is out of a 2013 model with 49000 miles on it. So I guess later this fall I'll have to start working on the PV system so I can make use of all this stuff I have laying around taking up space.


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Yes that solar bug has a nasty bite!

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What's the capacity? And what type of battery is it? 

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This one is rated at 16.5kwh. Nominally 360 volts. Lithium ion chemistry but it may also have a little manganese mixed in there for flavoring. So 96 cells in series at 3.7 volts per cell. However the cells charge to a maximum of 4.0 volts per cell so the voltage can be as high as the 380 volt range. The Volt cells have been holding up really well due to their active cooling and heating systems. Cooling is by liquid. I am not sure about heating in this model. I know that newer models have a 1500 watt resistive heater built into the battery pack much like an electric water heater but I don't know if the coil is actually submerged in the coolant. If what I have been reading is true, the cells are not allowed to charge to more than 80% of their maximum voltage which also helps extend their life.
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