Gus Gomez is a retired university professor who lives with his wife in Tacoma, Washington. The two spend several days out of the month at their remote cabin located on a 40-acre plot of farm land in Moses Lake, Washington. To power this stand-alone home, Gus Gomez recently purchased and installed an off-grid system.
Distant from the basic amenities of city life, Gus had to establish alternative means of securing essential resources to transform this isolated cabin into a livable home. Gus' 350 square-foot cabin now has its own power, septic system, and water well, which "are now in place free of monthly charges," Gomez tells us.
According to Gus, "The climate in Eastern Washington provides an excellent opportunity for households and businesses to install solar systems for their electrical needs ... The climate is warm during summer with an average maximum temperature of 88.20 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 21.70 degrees Fahrenheit."
To provide power to the cabin whenever they need it, Gus had an off-grid solar system installed.
Because Lake Moses frequently experiences powerful winds, Gus had the 3-module array mounted to a cylindrical pole mount, rather than installing a racking solution on the roof. After drilling a ten-foot hole in the ground, they secured the twenty-foot-long steel cylinder with concrete. At the top of the pole, they mounted the three REC 235 Watt solar panels with a DPW Power Fab Top Pole Mount racking solution.
"The Gel-batteries are maintenance-free so we do not have to worry about them," explains Gus.
The couple enjoys the benefits of the Magnum Battery Monitor Kit, which monitors the battery bank and reports the percentage state of charge, real time amps, voltage, amp-hours in/out, and the minimum/maximum DC volts. The Magnum Battery Monitor Kit functions like a "fuel gauge" meter for the MK 8G8DLTP Sealed Gel Batteries.
Gus can access this information through the Magnum Energy ME-ARC50 Remote Control, which acts as a command center for his system. Using the Magnum Energy ME-ARCO50 Remote Control, the couple can track the performance of their system and manage their personal usage based on the information provided by the Magnum battery monitor.
|Magnum Energy ME-ARC50 Remote Control|
|The 3-panel array outside the "pump/electrical outhouse"|
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