Here are my mistakes I have made, so you can learn from them.
- Didn’t understand the difference between different types of adapters. Right now I have a very good solar panel that I can’t use, because I didn’t understand the difference between the adapters. The solar panel I am testing has an Anderson SB50 adapter, and I had a Mini anderson adapter in my kit. Since they both said Anderson, I figured they would fit. I was wrong. I had to buy an adapter, and I am waiting for it to arrive. Double check with photos the types of connectors you have, and make sure they are the same even if they have the same name like Anderson like mine did.
- Didn’t realize how important having a display that shows details is. I wrote about it in my post from yesterday.
- Being over optimistic about the average amount of sun. I looked it up in weather history and NY State gets about 130 days of full direct sunlight a year. The rest is a mix of cloudy and rainy days. So about every third day or sometimes more, you don’t have sun. This makes batteries especially important.
- Not buying a big battery at first, and instead buying a small one. I bought a small one because I wasn’t even sure I could collect solar power in my apartment. Looking back I should have just bought an expensive big battery, since I had enough and didn’t know it. It is my way of doing things to take a small step at first and then expand if things go well. With solar sometimes you just have to go big to get the most benefit.
- Looking for help with people who are not motivated to help me with solar. When I discovered I didn’t have the right adapter in #1, I reached out to local solar companies to see if they had an adapter I could buy. Out of the 5 I called one offered to send the info to the warehouse, which I never got a call from. One offered some local places that might have what I need, they didn’t, but it was still a nice gesture. One told me that they don’t deal with that and hung up. The other two didn’t answer their phones and didn’t respond to my vm. If you aren’t paying them for a big job, I guess they aren’t interested in the small dollar sale. The two that offered to help I appreciated, and I remembered their name if I need to reach out to them in the future.
Solar power is surprisingly easy to get started with especially if you buy a solar generator. If you have a home that you can do solar panels on, I would strongly encourage you to do so. They tend to pay for themselves in about a decade for the average family.