Braving Winter Off-Grid: Our Solar Panel Upgrade


Kara and I hope you enjoy this compilation music video that follows our journey towards self-sufficiency and sustainability.

This video showcases our determination and creativity as we build an adjustable solar panel racks to help power our off-grid RV during the harsh winter months.

Wish us luck! -Greg


Off-grid living can be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it requires a great deal of planning, preparation, and hard work.

As winter approached, we realized that we needed to upgrade our solar panel system in order to make it through the harsh winter months.

In this vlog post, we’ll share our journey of building adjustable solar panel racks and how it has helped us make it through our first off-grid winter in the high desert of Nevada.


The Importance of Renewable Energy for Off-Grid Living

For those of us who choose to live off-grid, renewable energy sources such as solar is essential for powering our homes and maintaining our independence.

Solar panels are a particularly important investment for off-grid living, as they provide a reliable source of energy even in the depths of winter when sunlight is in short supply.

That’s why, when winter approached, we knew that we needed to upgrade our solar panel system to ensure that we had enough power to make it through the long, cold months.

After some research and planning, we decided to to purchase four residential-sized solar panels and build custom solar panel racks that would withstand high winds.

Additionally, by making the solar panel racks adjustable, we’ll have the flexibility to angle the panels towards the sun throughout the year, maximizing our energy output.


Building the Solar Panel Rack

Building the solar panel racks was a challenging but rewarding project that required a great deal of teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving.

We started by gathering the materials and tools that we needed, including pressure-treated wood, metal struts, angle brackets, bolts, and concrete.

Next, we designed the racks and began cutting and bolting wood beams to form three racks that would each keep a pair of solar panels.

Next, we needed to cement the racks deep enough into the ground in order to support the weight of the panels and keep them from flying away or worse… into the RV.

Next, we began cutting and bolting the metal struts to form the frames that connect the solar panels to each of the racks.

We also added adjustable metal struts that would allow us to angle the panels towards the sun, maximizing their energy output.

Finally, we installed the panels onto the wood racks and connected them to our inverter and battery bank.


The Results

The results of our solar panel upgrade were truly remarkable.

Having never built anything like this before, we are amazed by how much more energy we had available to us, and aare able to endure our off-grid RV lifestyle in throughtout Winter without worrying about power shortages.

However, if there’s one valuable lesson that we’ve learned from full-time, off-grid RV living it’s this; always have a backup.

So we have two suitcase inverter generators with a parallel kit which connects them together for twice the power output, should we ever need them.


Conclusion

This is a must-see video for anyone interested in renewable energy and sustainable living.

The project is a testament to the importance of renewable energy sources and the impact that they can have on our lives.

Hopefully, this video provides inspiration tips for anyone looking to transition to an off-grid lifestyle, and serves as a reminder that with a little bit of hard work and determination, we can all make a positive impact on the environment and our lives.


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