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It's getting expensive.
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It's getting expensive.

We don't know that yet ... he maybe in the up in the hills working a Mother lode.

Converting liquid fuel to electrical energy is expensive. That is why less the 1% of electrical generation comes from Petroleum fuels.  You got the cost of fuel and the maintenance/replacement cost of the generator. In the long run shifting some or all of the work load to Solar PV will pay dividends.

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That's true, but running an AC on inverter/batteries/solar is also very expensive. And batteries have to be replaced too. The choice so far is expensive, expensive, or a bit of each.

The original post said nothing about an AC, just the fridge and dehumidifier, which are expected to run 24/7 while the owner is away. Renogy has a complete kit that will do it (but NOT the AC) for about $3500, batteries included.

The AC does NOT have to run when the owner is away. A solar system that will run it will be expensive, and when he is away all that power goes to waste unless he is tied to the grid.

All it takes to make the above system "hybrid" is a battery charger.

I haven't found a hybrid inverter yet that will run on 120v,60hz. Do you have one in mind?

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I haven't found a hybrid inverter yet that will run on 120v,60hz. Do you have one in mind?

We can use the 230/240 60hz here in the States, step it down to 115/120 60hz.
3000W step down transformers are about $80 - $100. 
5000W step down transformers are about $120 - $130.


If you go back to post #1 his biggest concern is burning down the place, not cost.
He does not know so much about this stuff, a Hybrid system would be simpler and more goof proof.
I'm trying to come up with a system with a not so steep learning curve. He did ask for baby steps.


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I listed the "baby steps" in post #32. One step at a time, when ready move on to the next one.  That's what I did, it works.  K. I. S. S.

Easier on the wallet than trying to buy everything at once, too.




"If you go back to post #1 his biggest concern is burning down the place, not cost."

That's easy:
1. Pick up phone
2. Call licensed solar contractor
3. Write check.

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I'm also fairly new at Solar though I did work with it many years ago with the US government.  The new stuff is awesome.  I saw a guy in YouTube who powered a system using only an inverting connected to his panels.  I have a similar unit that powers up to 2400w, but it needs a 24V battery system.  I can't wait to try out the inverter he has.  Watched the video and was amazed...no batteries.  He ran a 1.5kW AC unit, but I'm not sure how many panels he had.  Hope to learn things on this forum.  I've been doing a lot of testing, myself, but it's nice to have a sounding board.  So hello and thanks guys.
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