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Safe solar panel set up?

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    So I'm not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to electrical connections and the like but I tend to have a fair idea. I'm currently planning on building a solar panel with the hope that it will power appliances throughout my house.

    My planned set up is as follows:

    >> 36 0.5V 3.6A cells connected in series so I'd imagine that's about 60W (I may hook up an identical panel in parallel to produce 120W),
    >> Connect the panel to a charge controller (with a built in blocking diode).
    >> Connect to a 12V deep cycle battery.
    >> Connect to a 12V-230V 300W Inverter.

    So first off, is this a correct set up, ie will it actually work/have I missed any key things?
    Is any grounding required and if so where abouts in the set up?
    Is there a specific type of wire that I should be using?

    I'd really appreciate any help here plus anything else I may need to do, obviously my main concern is safety and I don't want anything going wrong.
    Also if anyone else on here has successfully built a solar panel I'd love to hear your set up.

    Thanks :)
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