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Old 10-30-2012, 05:51 PM #31
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hey man.. just wondering.. what the cost of the solar panels.. and everything u would need besides the grow equipment.. im talking just equipment to collect and store the energy.. ? like panels.. wiring .. breakers.. controllers? ? rough gestimate?
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Hey Big Sky, thanks a lot for sharing this with us! thats a big help for many growers!
Keep up the good work bro!

Like some other said before... a clear lists of the necessary parts and equipment would be perfect! Thanks mate!

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Thanks everyone for the great vibes! I can do a list-
Its pretty extensive so i might miss a few things but i'll give it my best shot

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3 x uni-solar 124w 24v solar panels 180$ EA
1 uni-solar 144w 24v panel 180$
2 x 4 way mc3 parallel solar panel harnesses- (male and female) 50$ pair
2 x solar panel mc3 extension cables- 30$ pair
2x 15 feet length mc3 cable stripped one end and male/female mc3 connections on other end- 30$ a pair

4 x Heavy 4 gage battery terminal wires - 6$ ea
4 x 6V 215 amp hour deep cell batteries- 200$ EA
Coleman Air 60 amp charge controller- 165$
progressive dynamics ac distribution panel with built in 12v converter 250$
1000w pure sine wave inverter- 350$
breakers for AC panel 20$ ea x 4
150amp quick disconnect breakers for charge controller and inverter cables 15$ EA X 2 (car audio)

50ft roll of 12 gage wire for electrical..35$

400w digital HPS/MH and cool tube setup from I-Power 165$
2 x LED Blackstar 90w UFO's (i got a deal ) 125$ ea
Flood table 2x2' 65$
res 25 gal GH res 55$
eco 185 sub pump 25$
hoses 5$
pots 20 hydrofarm E&F square 1 gal 1.50EA
Hanna Grochek monitor 65$ used -works great-on ebay(75% off reg price)!!
New probe 85$
4" active air/hydrofarm inline blower 165cfm 65$ new
5" axial fans..free! found em under a air hockey table! powerful as hell! 80fm ea!
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:54 PM #34
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this did take me a solid year and using a lot of grow /seed profits to create a model solar grow like this for everyone-
It took massive online research and talking to companies here in the states to figure it all out but its actually really simple once you go through the motions like anything else-
I bid folks to not be afriad of being different-
I am building an earthship and solar heated greenhouse soon and will be completely self sustainable by the time im 35-36 years old-
i will have mostly greehouse grown herb and some indoor setups, prob tents for breeding and isolation chambers in the future-
but for now im still using some grid power folks- im not totally free yet-
i have a few other rooms to account for- lol
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:10 PM #35
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grow #2
heres whats going on at the moment- just a few clones i had of my space dragon strain..
tossed a scren in there to up the yields on the two clones-
they where young so it was worth the effort-
there producing good structured colas at week 2-



nothing special..buts it my smoke..
about 6-7 weeks out now-
then i should have a small 2-3oz harvest-
next run is going to be awesome watch..I'm running the full system hydro using metrop-
about 15 clones, lollypop in hydroton-
should do close to 8 oz's-
thinking of stacking up either black widow kush or possibly kandy kush clones in there-
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brilliant idea bro, although i woldnt be able to do something like that because im an electrician noob, i admire all that hard work, keep it up!!
PS: can you show more of your seeds\strains, and were can we get them??
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Outstanding implementation of a solar powered grow! You packed every detail into your presentation and photos in a logical and straightforward way. You have proven that it can be done if you throw enough money and time at it. You did not just talk about it and play around on paper but you actually did it. That counts for a lot. It may not make economic sense but it has its own rewards and growing herb is probably the best use of the power with the fastest payback.
I have spent time and money trying to simply reduce my power consumption to a minimum. I have reduced my grow's power load from over 600 watts to about 350 watts in total. One thing that has worked very well for me is to use a different lighting schedule. Check out the IC thread about growing from seed on 12/12 lighting. Sativa dominant varieties grow very well from seed using only 12 hours of light. Next I use 12 hours of light and then in the middle of the dark period I give them 1 extra hour of light. This can even be from a small cfl or led lamp. It does not need to be full strength lighting. Yeilds do not seem to be affected much. 18-24 hours of light is simply not required. It may be beneficial at times but it is optional.

Great job on integrating the led lighting with the HID. It looks like it works very well. If I was gonna do it though I think I would start with a 250 watt digital ballast and dim it to 50 and 75%. It seems to me it would provide a similar amount of light and power consumption with less cost. It looks like your ventilation system has a lot of capacity and must work like a hot damn, but all those fans have got to be drawing a fair bit of current. There may be a way to reduce that load as well. Overall though, what you have done is very impressive.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:47 PM #38
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brilliant idea bro, although i woldnt be able to do something like that because im an electrician noob, i admire all that hard work, keep it up!!
PS: can you show more of your seeds\strains, and were can we get them??
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thanx man.
sure you can d oit-
you can do anything you put the energy into-
i was an electrical newb to but after learning this setup-
I can rewire an entire house-
no problem- its just like anything else- it all comes in stride-
i cant show to much without advertising.

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Outstanding implementation of a solar powered grow! You packed every detail into your presentation and photos in a logical and straightforward way. You have proven that it can be done if you throw enough money and time at it. You did not just talk about it and play around on paper but you actually did it. That counts for a lot. It may not make economic sense but it has its own rewards and growing herb is probably the best use of the power with the fastest payback.
I have spent time and money trying to simply reduce my power consumption to a minimum. I have reduced my grow's power load from over 600 watts to about 350 watts in total. One thing that has worked very well for me is to use a different lighting schedule. Check out the IC thread about growing from seed on 12/12 lighting. Sativa dominant varieties grow very well from seed using only 12 hours of light. Next I use 12 hours of light and then in the middle of the dark period I give them 1 extra hour of light. This can even be from a small cfl or led lamp. It does not need to be full strength lighting. Yeilds do not seem to be affected much. 18-24 hours of light is simply not required. It may be beneficial at times but it is optional.

Great job on integrating the led lighting with the HID. It looks like it works very well. If I was gonna do it though I think I would start with a 250 watt digital ballast and dim it to 50 and 75%. It seems to me it would provide a similar amount of light and power consumption with less cost. It looks like your ventilation system has a lot of capacity and must work like a hot damn, but all those fans have got to be drawing a fair bit of current. There may be a way to reduce that load as well. Overall though, what you have done is very impressive.

thanks for the kind words- Ive done some 12/12 from seed- the chem D of mine was only 14 days veg from seed and did an oz each-
i did give everything else more veg time though-
i like to do 12/12 with fresh rooted clones as well.. many colas-
one per pot-
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Just wanted to show off this strain a little-
This will be the product of these two clones in flower come about 6 weeks from now in the soalr grow-
I give you...
Space Dragon

here are its genetics-
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:45 PM #40
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im really impressed by your job dude, simply amazing!1
a beautifull cab with your power, lookin efficient !!
this is a veri nice one 3d's , thanks for share ...you make inspiration to many growers that want try do that, RESPECT!!!
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