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The Zars' Homestead System

Southwest Windpower, Air 303 300 Watt, DC output

The Zars' Homestead System

Southwest Windpower, Air 303 300 Watt, DC output

To ac loads

Four Photocomm Lead Acid Batteries 225 Amp Hours at 24 Volts

Shur-Flo pump S.1 gpm

To ac loads

Four Photocomm Lead Acid Batteries 225 Amp Hours at 24 Volts

Shur-Flo pump S.1 gpm because the site was really remote. A failure on-site could have been costly to the homeowner (and installer). This also saved time and cost for the homeowner. The entire system was installed and up-and-running in 22 hours, including ac wiring of the house lights, switches, and outlets. The loads for this system were very light, but the ability to expand the system for heavier use was built in. Lighting was ac compact fluorescent and the fridge was ac. The cabin included some propane lamps for use when power was low, and the main heat source was a wood stove.

Wind Genny

The Air-303 wind generator was mounted at the ridge of the building about 6 feet above the roof for a very good reason. The winds at the site range from 16 to 35 miles per hour average. A taller tower would have necessitated a much sturdier mount, thus more cost. With the famous (infamous) Wyoming winds, this site can have very heavy gusts. The tower height also kept the wire run short for less voltage loss. The average output from this unit has ranged from 50 to 185 Watts, easily enough to operate the fridge without any solar input.

This expandable system's battery box is designed accommodate up to eight golf cart type batteries at about 450 Amp hours of storage. With the addition of another Trace model 1524 inverter, the owner can increase his ac output capacity to 3000 watts continuous.

The final touch was adding an outside weatherproof box with a plug to connect a generator for backup

System Load Table

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