Video update – solar power and garden – July 2021

The automatic water system is installed and working for the veggie patch, and the solar system is now powering everything, including charging my e-bike.

Here's a video overview of how everything works, and progress to date:

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Tim - July 31, 2021 Reply

That is really clever. Well Done !

    Ian Usher - August 1, 2021 Reply

    Cheers Tim. I love trying to make systems like this work as efficiently as possible.

Philippe T. - July 31, 2021 Reply

Well done Ian. I will have to visit you for my next house project.

    Ian Usher - August 1, 2021 Reply

    Thanks Philippe. I’ve enjoyed this project so far, and have bigger plans coming…

Shiney - August 1, 2021 Reply

Hi Ian,

I am from India. Good to know that you are settling there.
Using solar power is a brilliant idea!
Hope there is enough sunlight than in UK.
You did everything by yourself?

    Ian Usher - August 1, 2021 Reply

    Hi there Shiney,
    There is certainly enough sunlight here through the summer months to power everything.
    I’m interested to see how things work out over winter… I’ll let you know.
    Yes, I did everything you see set up in the video myself.
    Best wishes,

Wade - August 3, 2021 Reply

Nicely done. I’ve been using the same charge controller in my RV travel trailer for a couple of years, just installed that same MT-50 remote meter this past weekend. A lot of your handy work looks very familiar! Wish you could pump some of that water to California though, we’re parched.

    Ian Usher - August 3, 2021 Reply

    Hi Wade,
    Good to hear from you. I’m really happy with the controller, and the MT50.
    The other little meter that is attached to the battery via a shunt is great, and gives a pretty accurate reading of how full the battery is. It’s a cheap Chinese one that only cost about $30.
    We had a massive downpour yesterday, and our underground tank is almost full to overflowing. I wish I could send you some.

Tom - January 30, 2024 Reply

Hi! I read up on your ALife4Sale today and it really interested me, looking now at your blogs and they are great! Any updates for 2024? I am sure it’s been quite busy!

    Ian Usher - February 2, 2024 Reply

    Hi Tom,
    We’re currently spending a few months of winter in Turkey, escaping the chilly French climate, but we’ll be heading back to France in mid March. I’ll try to post a few updates over the course of this year on how things are going.
    Best wishes,

A&M Global Solar - February 13, 2024 Reply

This article was so informative and nice thanks for sharing that the solar system is now powering everything, including charging e-bikes. Hope to see this type of more articles in the future.

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