Michael…..I have a 2400 watt Outback inverter and Outback FM80 charge controller. I used for 7 years in my Motorhome and it still works. I’d like a bigger inverter for the new homestead. So I’m not sure what the old unit will be used for. The old unit is a grid tie model GTFX 2400 so we could get into discussing off grid vs grid tie in regards to the well and homestead.
The old Outback inverter is a sealed model. My friend drilled vent holes in his sealed Outback inverter and it raised the output to 3800 watts. His is still working 16 years later. Dust storms are aissue where we are moving so perhaps sealed is good.
Fantastic unistrut rack! Inspiring. Do you bother with tilting or only rotating? Is it manually operated? I like ground mounted panels if there is space. Roof mounted are so difficult to install, clean, test, etc. And I plan to spend as little time on roofs as possible. Where we are going space is abundant.
David…..I have a much clearer idea of well maintenance now thanks. When I get there I’d like to get busy testing it and cleaning out the sediment. The seller installed a sediment trap before the pressure tank. I’ll try using what we have before spending money on a new pump, tanks, etc. However the idea of a slow pump running from direct solar does still intrigues me. Ranches use a lot of these systems for stock tanks. But they have no other choice. I saw a overflowing stock tank nearby. I’m not sure if it was on a spring or pump. Maybe there’s a hidden spring on our land haha. Dream on. Too bad the DC pumps are so expensive.
I just now remembered that ranches and homesteads used windmill pumps for years also. Are they also a form of slow pump? Is this a viable alternative. How would I know if there’s enough wind. Also years ago I read the rural electrification project installed many Jacobs wind turbines. They were heavy duty generators that still have a following. Now I’m curious to see if there is much wind there. About 5 weeks until I’m there.