New here on this site and new to solar.
So we're in Arizona now but we're going to be living off grid in SW Texas very soon. I am trying to get everything in place here FIRST so that we can move a working system down to Texas and "hit the ground running" if you will.
I feel like I have been getting some quality help from a small family owned solar shop here. I seem to be my own worst enemy with this stuff though because I just love to play around while building stuff and I've learned that with solar that's not a really wise idea. I need to plan, and focus on the plan. I already had to return one inverter that wasn't going to work long term.
Anyway.... here is what we have so far:
8 x Trojan T-105-RE's (i know these aren't the best, but for the budget, we needed to skimp on batteries some)
10x Hareon Solar 100 watt panels (I wanted to go with 230 watt canadian solar panels but the size is just too much for us to transport - plus we have unlimited room for the array in Texas)
Outback FM-80 Charge Controller
Midnite Solar Disconnect Box with 2 80amp breakers to protect the FM-80 from both the batteries and the PV input
Midnite Solar Combiner Box with 3 15 amp breakers to combine the 10 panels into 2 strands.
I have the system setup as a 48v system with all of the trojans in series obviously. When we move I plan to take down an additional 10-20 panels and a bigger combiner box to expand our system (its just for fun and testing right now).
First i guess I am looking for thoughts / opinions on what I have now. My feelings aren't easily hurt so fire away.
Secondly I am looking for opinions on the inverter. This will be the biggest investment in the entire system and I want to DO IT RIGHT. I've been talking to the local shop and they spoke highly of the magnum inverters. I am literally at the beginning of my research on inverters though and have no real idea. They spoke of the magnums essentially being "2 outback inverters in one" and mentioned that if I ever wanted 220 from an outback id need two of them. They also mentioned these e-panels that house all of the wiring behind the inverter and they seem like a pretty good idea but expensive at $400-$600.
In any event, I just want to finish off this system in the best way possible without breaking the bank. We're going to be living in a small 16'x40' home (http://www.our180.com/2012/06/09/our-future-home/) and our needs will me minimal. We'll need to cool the place to a comfortable level for sleeping, and we'll power a DSL modem, some LED / fluorescent lighting, and we'll need to charge 2 laptops and 2 tablets in the beginning. In time we'll have additional power needs but we'll be starting out pretty basic.
I'd appreciate any thoughts / opinions / feedback you might have.