Installing a starter low watt solar panel system.. 

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Installing a starter low watt solar panel system

 

In this type of low wattage system power flows directly from the solar panel to a DC motor, light, roof fan or battery. When the sun is out, the device works, as the sun goes down, the device slows down and finally stops. A low wattage panel like this less than 5 watts can also be used to top off a 12 volt battery or keep a battery that’s in storage charged during the winner, because the amount of power generated is low enough that there’s no danger of overcharging.

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Using solar panels with more watts

As with the starter system, DC motor in the pump used to refill this water tank is powered directly by the solar panel, with no battery, and will not operate unless the sun is out. However, when the sun is out the pump will operate more efficiently and produce more water than it would if the solar panel energy flowed through a battery, because up to a quarter of the energy generated by a solar panel can be lost when it is stored in a battery. The pump is given another boost by a linear current booster, which provides extra power to the pump when the light is low.

This type of system needs a larger solar panel to operate typically 50 to 60 watts or more and is usually sized by the solar panel dealer based on the well depth, pump size and other factors. It’s the perfect system for the stock tank, the supply of water stockpiled in the tank on sunny days is more than enough for the demand, so no battery is needed. Roof vents fans, and pond pumps for water circulation and small fountains are other types of solar panels powered fixtures that use power directly from the PV panels without a battery because they don’t need to run at night.

 

 

 

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