DIY: SOLAR ON A BUDGET [Adventure #35]

DIY: SOLAR ON A BUDGET [Adventure #35]

What do you do when you need to install solar panels, but you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on an arch? Do it yourself, of course!

With stainless tubing, rail fittings and lots of hard work, we build a solar arch and install our new 320-watt solar panels. We also try not to electrocute ourselves while doing the wiring, moving the radar up the mast and replacing our batteries.

With all the crazy work going on, we also are preparing to set sail to Mexico, and that includes lots of paperwork and bureaucracy. So Hillary takes a trip to the Mexican consulate to work on getting our TIP, or temporary Import Permit for Varuna.

For those of you who want to know know the nuts and bolts of our solar upgrade, here is exactly what we installed:

Panels: LG 320-watt http://www.lg.com/us/commercial/solar-panels/lg-LG320N1C-G4
Charge Controllers: http://amzn.to/2fqvb3b
Bluetooth Dongle: http://amzn.to/2fqwtvi
Mast Mount: http://amzn.to/2fqCKac
Fittings used: Seadog brand

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This video was filmed with:

Panasonic G7 Mirrorless Camera http://amzn.to/2dv8xat
GoPro Hero 4 http://amzn.to/2d55rfe
GoPro Session http://amzn.to/2dfdAux
Rode Video Mic Pro http://amzn.to/2dnvBvR
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MUSIC

Sunny – Bensound
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Crystalline City – Steve Lowther

Last Wilt of Winter
Andrew Rothschild
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgkzwOlVE0Vo6Eu-O5cNSig
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/andrew-rothschild/id1095814504

Footage from Oct/Nov 2016