|Solar PV array at the Lindberg Landing Guesthouse|
|3 of the 5 different types of solar panels|
|the other 2 types of solar panels ...|
You can also refer to a couple of on-line documents for more detailed explanations of a wide variety of "off grid" systems created by Arctic Energy Alliance AEA Remote Facilities Guide & the Yukon Energy Solutions "Living Off Grid in the Yukon" Guide (there are great explanations of "off grid" systems in this guide book) http://www.energy.gov.yk.ca/pdf/living_offgrid09_web.pdf
|Solar PV Battery Bank - Surrette batteries|
The 12 Volt battery bank at Lindberg Landing consists of of 10, Surrette batteries that store energy for the Lindberg Landing Solar PV system. Each battery = 6 Volts & the batteries operate in pairs, so each pair is one component of a 12 Volt system. I will add more to this explanation after I can connect with one of our AEA Energy Specialists tomorrow.
Currently though (pun intended), one of the batteries needs to be replaced, so that puts the matching pair to that battery out of operation until there is another battery to be paired up with it again. So, the battery bank is not able to store the maximum it is set-up for while this battery pair is not in the system.
Batteries require regular maintenance - every 3 months you check the specific gravity of the battery acid with a hydrometer & top them up with distilled water as necessary.
|solar PV instrumentation ...|
The Magnum Inverter converts the 12 Volt, DC power into 120 Volt, AC power. This makes it possible to operate the AC light switches & outlets so that you can use various appliances and electronics such as the computer, T.V., ...
|solar PV instrumentation (con't)|
|small inverter (StatPower - ProWatt 250 Inverter)|
|DC powered light bulb ... difficult to find replacement bulbs|
|some of the built-in lighting options at Lindberg Landing ... propane mantle lamps, DC light socket with incandescent bulb in it (not used with this bulb, just for keeping the socket occupied), compact fluorescent bulb in AC socket)|
|Sue firing up the Honda generator to pump water from the well to the water storage tank upstairs in the Guesthouse|
|Communications Hub for the Lindberg Landing Guesthouse|
|DC powered freezer ... located in the cellar of the Guesthouse|
|Sue's most frequently used non-electric kitchen gadgets ... very handy to have in any kitchen, really :)|
Alas, my immersion in "off grid" living & the opportunity to share snippets of these experiences with you have been great. Please consider posting a comment or question to provide any feedback or ideas on other "off grid' or energy-saving gadgets, activities, & systems. Perhaps I can address some of these comments/questions in future posts to this blog.
That's all for now, ... time to post this new update. I'll see what else I can add into a few more posts soon, when I am no longer living "off grid" but retracing some of the very educational & fun experiences I've had out at Check Point & here at Lindberg Landing :)
"Mahsi cho!" to Sue, here at Lindberg Landing and to Lynn & Wayne out at Check Point for making it possible for me to experience & share what it is like to be "Up the Dehcho ... without a Powerline" ... :)