The Solar System Has Arrived

Updated September 12th, 2017

Essentially, we have this plus an extra panel:

Estimated El Dorado Solar System

But I’m not 100% confident about that. Also, I’m not sure if I recomend this solar system yet.

It seems to be working fine for small loads at this time but I can’t say for certain that I think it’s a great system.

Basically, I don’t know anyone who knows about solar so I just had to buy stuff and plug it together. We’re still parked under a tree so we haven’t had the chance to give it a great test.

It’s working fine for lights, charging power tool batteries and fans. If we try to run the refrigerator on solar AC power right now, I find the system can’t keep up.

But again, we’re parked under a tree in the forest. If we were parked in a place that doesn’t have shadows from trees or clouds (ideally a empty Nevada desert), I bet we would have dramatically better results.

Solar power is really cool when it works. I’ve got battery powered tools and I can charge all of them using my solar kit. I’m cutting wood and drilling holes and cutting metal with solar power nowadays. It’s kinda awesome.


I’m really enjoying living in the forest.

John Muir

If you’d like to learn more about John Muir and what he did to preserve forest lands on the west coast, learn about him on wikipedia here or you can go deep and read the biography.

john muir forest quote