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Re: Solar power ~ no more running the engine
I know a lot of people who have tried, but none that have done it successfully. The problem is the number of batteries you need plus the sq footage of solar panels you need to be truly independent is costly, and weighs a lot.
If you can get your requirements down as low as possible, have oversized panels, and a huge battery bank then you can get close. The problem isn't the day after day of sunny skies, but 3-4 days in a row of clouds.
Alternative energy options like wind power, towed power, and bikes can help. But they come with their own set of problems. Typically is is just cheaper and easier to accept a small amount of engine operation to recharge low batteries than it is to deal with the alternatives.
Last edited by Stumble; 06-18-2012 at 01:09 PM.