How to Install a 60-Watt Solar Power Backup Kit

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Learn how to install a solar powered backup kit for emergency power

Install a 60-Watt Solar Power Backup Kit

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. 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.

The following project guide will show you how to install a 60-watt solar power backup kit to keep your appliances running during a power outage.

Note:
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.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Assemble PVC support frame
Assemble PVC support frame - Install Solar Power Backup

• 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 the screws.

2
Mount the solar panels
Mount solar panels - Install Solar Power Backup

• 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.

3
Connect the panel wiring
Connect panel wiring - Install Solar Power Backup

• Connect the wires from the panels to the 4-to-1 connector.
• Connect the 12-foot extension to the 4-to-1 connector.
• Check all connections to ensure they are securely plugged in.

4
Connect the charge controller to the battery
Connect charge controller battery - Install Solar Power Backup

• Connect the end of the regulator cable to the extension cable.
• Strip the ends of the solar panel wires. Then, connect the positive (+) wire from the solar panel to the positive (+) of the charge controller, and the negative (-) wire from the solar panel to the negative (-) of the charge controller.
• Check all connections to ensure they are securely plugged in.

5
Connect the converter
Connect charge controller battery - Install Solar Power Backup

Connect the positive (+) inverter O ring to the positive (+) battery terminal, and then connect the negative (-) inverter O ring to the negative (-) battery terminal.

Connect charge controller battery - Install Solar Power Backup

• Allow the battery to charge 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.