Some time ago the power line from our barn to the garage fell. Meaning a costly repair to us as the line needed to be run underground. While we still had power in the barn, there wasn't any in the garage. Power needed for the son's small workshop and lighting in general.
Money was going to have to be spent for repairs no matter what we decided to do. And so, Secret Agent Farmer Man started researching solar power for the garage. He decided to purchase a kit from Windy Nation and then spread it all out on the kitchen counter. Because the professional thing to do is work among pasta and pizza boxes....
The four panels arrived several days after the initial kit and inspected. You can clearly see my kitchen griddle behind Secret Agent Farmer man. Confiscated by the Man-child for his knife making projects, it will now be powered via solar.
The panels were attached to the garage roof tout de suite.
The panels send energy to the batteries which store it for use. The box on the left gives information about usage and serves as a plug in device. This allows our son to run his shop and light his area. Separate solar lights provide lighting throughout the rest of the five bay building.
All in all we spent a bit less on the solar project than we would have repairing the existing electrical line/problems. And, we are not beholden to the electric company for any power we use in this building.....ever.