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RE: Small Site Solar Equipment Advice Needed
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Subject: RE: Small Site Solar Equipment Advice Needed
From: "Bill Hurne" <billhurne@pilgrimradio.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:55:11 -0700
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I erred on the number of panels for the 20 watt translator, we used eight, 4 by 2 foot panels, not two.    The photo had two groups of 4 by 2 footers.

 

Bill

 

From: Bill Hurne [mailto:billhurne@pilgrimradio.com]
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 9:50 AM
To: 'CRTech'
Subject: RE: [CRTech] Small Site Solar Equipment Advice Needed

 

We have installed solar power for low power FM translators, but have gotten away from it because it turned out to be much more maintenance than anticipated.   For a 20 watt TPO translator, we used a bank of ten, six-volt golf cart type batteries in order to have enough capacity to operate continuously through cloudy and snowy weather.   These cannot be mounted in a small cabinet attached to a pole.   Batteries were charged by a pair of solar panels which were 4 by 2 feet which had to be mounted very securely.   They were blown over multiple times by strong mountain top wind storms.

 

Bill

 

From: Mark Croom [mailto:markc@newmail.kinshipradio.org]
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:35 PM
To: CRTech
Subject: [CRTech] Small Site Solar Equipment Advice Needed

 

Hi All,

I have a situation where I might need to power a Ubiquiti hop site with some type of solar/battery/inverter setup.

It's just two PoE radios, rated at 5.5W power consumption each (120V into PoE adapter).

I'm looking for something I can attach to the wood pole that supports the antennas, that is, to fit in a small cabinet that will attach to the pole. I'm OK with assembling this from parts rather than some kind of turn-key kit but the simplicity of a kit would be great because I'll be doing this as part of a big project and there's a lot on the plate while the project is in process.

I'd be interested in hearing from folks who might have done something like this -- it's much lower power requirement than a solar powered transmitter or translator site but it needs to be reliable (STL). I envision a deep cycle battery connected to the charger/inverter, or other battery technology that makes sense.

The panel would have a nice south exposure maybe fifteen feet up the pole, but the cabinet would be sheltered much of the day as it would go below the roof level of a very nearby adjacent building. That means not much roasting in the summer but we do get to -25F in the winter so if anybody has some real-world experience with battery technology for this I'd be grateful for the input.

Trenching power to this location would be very costly so I think doing our own solar might just be a great self-contained alternative.

Thanks for any real-world experience you can share.

Mark


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Mark W. Croom

Riverfront Communications, LLC

Yankton, SD

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