I’ve seen a lot of videos going up lately on YouTube talking about Solar Power in winter. Some claim it sucks and some claim its great. I think it all has to do with location, location, location…

I am in Pennsylvania, 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh roughly. About a latitude of 41*…

My solar meter readings are on average from about an hour after sunrise until around 4pm est. hovers around 13.45 during winter months. On real cloudy days it drops to around 12.75 or so. But on average I see my daily charge rate of 13.45 here in winter.

My peak hours are mid day about 11am-2pm est. where I generally have my battery banks topped off by then and am sitting in dump mode. During these hours on clear days we hit upwards of 17.5 on our Diversion controller. On cloudy days we hit around 14-15 give or take.

What we need are more batteries. We currently only have 400ah worth of AGM batteries so we cannot store all the power we collect throughout the day and sadly waste more than we use. Someday we hope to get more AGM batteries.

Here is a video of today’s power highs. I show the Diversion controller and then the solar panels and ramble a bit about the weather and our firewood usage…

 

Here is our MW&S Diversion controller…

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Here is a picture of our monocrystalline solar panels…

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This is a sunny picture of our SunForce Wind Turbine and my finger 🙂 …

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And here is a picture of our back up 5K watt gas generator for those pesky no sun no wind days…

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So there you have it folks. Pennsylvania mid winter solar and wind power in the woods. 🙂

 

 

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