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Mar 26, 2017
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Solar Garage

My garage has no electricity and its 250 feet downhill from my house.

I'd love to get electricity but don't want to pay a fortune. I was going to run cable from my house to the garage but to be safe I'd have to do it underground and I simply don't want to do that, neither to I want to run 250feet in an extension cord.

I basically just need light down there, any power tools I can just keep precharged in my house.

I was thinking of just recharging a huge 12v battery at my place and just bring it down to the garage whenever I need it, with DC LED lights or something.

I was also looking at rechargeable lanterns and stuff but I doubt any of that will be bright enough.

Then I was thinking of a 100watt solar panel trickle charging the battery so I don't have to lug it back and forth?

Any suggestions?
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Deal Addict
Jan 28, 2009
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Calgary
If you are just using it for lights, then solar is perfect.

I'd get a couple 6V batteries, wire them in parallel to get to 12v and charge them with a 60w solar panel.

Use LED lights too.
[OP]
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Mar 26, 2017
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canehdianman wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 5:54 pm
If you are just using it for lights, then solar is perfect.

I'd get a couple 6V batteries, wire them in parallel to get to 12v and charge them with a 60w solar panel.

Use LED lights too.
I hate to sound like an idiot but would you mind piecing together a setup on Amazon that would work in my situation?
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Feb 9, 2006
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Gord18Stirr wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 5:56 pm
I hate to sound like an idiot but would you mind piecing together a setup on Amazon that would work in my situation?
Some of the pieces would be significantly cheaper at a place like princess auto.

How big is your garage's roof? And it gets enough sun? Last thing you want to do is put all this together and a huge tree shades it all day.
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Jan 28, 2009
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I'm not an expert, I'd recommend spending some time googling around. You will need to calculate how much energy you will be using in order to figure out how many batteries/panels you need.

There are thousands of people who have set up something similar and some of them will have how-to videos.

I have a small set up for my cabin in Northern Saskatchewan. I have 2 x 60W solar panels (Coleman brand). Each one came with a charge controller (the device that turns the solar panel output into 12v so you can charge the batteries). I use these to keep my 2 12V batteries topped up.

They work great. I have lights (LED strips) and can charge my cell phone as needed.
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Oct 2, 2013
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Montreal
Running #8/3 for 250' should give you a solid 15AMP with steady 120V+120V (240V).

You can get #8/3, 250' for about 600$. I think this will run you cheaper then big batteries, solar panel, inverter, etc.

Of course, you would need to dig and put tubing. You can get 1"½ x 12' tube for 12$ = 250$. This project would cost you about 850$. Probably less because 250' is a big quantity.
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Jul 23, 2015
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Hamilton, ON
Where ? Is the garage insulated? Do you use it in the winter?

I'm sure you can get by with a one 12V deep cycle battery (around 140Ah - $140 at GNB in Hamilton, ON), ~80-100W solar panel ($150 at Canadian Tire) and LED lights (Amazon). Put a 12V car outlet on there too and you can charge phone or put a little 75W inverter if you need a little AC.
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Oct 13, 2017
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Canada
canehdianman wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 5:54 pm
If you are just using it for lights, then solar is perfect.

I'd get a couple 6V batteries, wire them in parallel to get to 12v and charge them with a 60w solar panel.

Use LED lights too.
Pretty much what I Was thinking. We did a similar set up on our van rood but with a 100w panel and could power a fridge and lights for a few days after a full charge.

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