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How To Install a 60 Watt Solar Power Backup Kit

 Installing a Solar Panel
 

Photovoltaic solar panels are an environmentally friendly, economical way to capture electricity from the sun. Using solar power, you can save money on your electric bill while reducing your impact on the environment.


A 60-watt solar power backup kit is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in off-grid or grid-supplementing solar power. This kit, which uses four solar panels to convert solar energy for storage in a battery, is a cost-effective option for powering necessities in areas without grid power, such as a remotely located hunting cabin, electric fence or RV.

 

In addition, the kit can function as a backup generator to run your essential appliances in case of a grid-power outage. This project guide will show you how to install a 60-watt solar power backup kit ensuring your appliances can continue to function even when power is out.

 

Some electronics are not compatible with modified sine wave inverters. For information on this and to learn more about the appliances a 60-watt kit will power, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your kit before you start.

 

Preparation

 

• This solar panel kit is designed to stand on level ground. Choose a level location for your solar panels that
  gets full sun throughout the day
• The battery and inverter must be located indoors or in a garage, out of the elements

 

Safety

 

• Carefully follow the instructions included with your kit for connecting the solar panels, charge controller and 
  inverter to the battery. Connecting cables incorrectly can cause sparking or an explosion.

• Always connect the battery to the charge controller before connecting the solar panels to the charge 
  controller.

 

Savings

 

• Federal, state and local governments offer tax rebates for installing and using solar power. You may need to 
  use a professional installer to take advantage of some of these rebates. More information can be found at
  www.dsireusa.org.

• These solar panels will provide free backup power throughout their 25+-year lifespan.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

 

 

MATERIALS:


Step 1: Set Up the PVC Support Frame

Set up the PVC support frame • Secure the frame pieces with the screws and nuts provided in your kit in the order
  specified in your instruction manual.  
 
• Adjust the legs to the desired angle to capture the most sun.  
 
• Tighten all screws
  

Step 2: Place the Panels

Place the panels • Place the panels one at a time on the frame, with the panel wiring hanging from the
  top part of the frame. 
 
• Secure the panels to the frames with screws.
  

Step 3: Connect the Wires

Connect the wire

• Connect the wires from the panels to the 4-to-1 connector.


•.Connect the 12-ft. extension to the 4-to-1 connector.


• Ensure all connections are secure.

  

Step 4: Connect the Charge Controller to the Battery

Connect the charger controller to the battery

• Using the alligator battery clips, connect the battery charge controller positive (+) 
  wire to the positive (+) battery terminal.


• Connect the battery charge controller negative (-) wire to the negative (-) battery 
  terminal.

  

Step 5: Connect the Charge Controller to the Solar Panels

Connect the charge controller to the solar panels

• Connect the end of the regulator cable to the extension cable.


• Strip the ends of the solar panel wires.


• Connect the positive (+) wire from the solar panel to the positive (+) of the charge 
  controller.


• Connect the negative (-) wire from the solar panel to the negative (-) of the charge 
  controller.


• Ensure the connections are secure.

  

Step 6: Connect the Inverter 

Connect the Inverter

• Connect the positive (+) inverter O ring to the positive (+) battery terminal.


• Connect the negative (-) inverter O ring to the negative (-) battery terminal.


• Charge the battery by capturing sunlight with the solar panels.


• Test the system by plugging a small appliance directly into the inverter and make 
  any adjustments as recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions.