Hi all. Been perusing this forum for a while now, it's a great source of info, thanks.
I'm about to DIY install a stand-alone 24V PV system for the first time. I'm living in Andalucia in Spain BTW. After much reading, shopping around etc I think I've finally decided on the combination of elements I'm going to employ which are:
4no MSK monocrystalline 210W panels
12no Hoppecke batteries, either 750Ah or 1125Ah - the latter being quite a bit more expensive obviously!
Victron Phoenix 24V/2000/60A invertor/charger.
Outback MX60 regulator (charge controller)
I've sourced all these locally to me but may purchase the Outback controller from an online (eBay) supplier in the States as it's quite a bit cheaper that way (about 300 euros cheaper!).
I'm not intending to use a genny for back-up charging just yet (although I do have an old petrol (gasoline) one....for emergencies!) but am thinking of adding a gas (butane) converted genny to the system next year, once I've got my first solar-powered winter under my belt, which is why I'm going for an invertor/charger rather than just an invertor at this stage. I have disounted a tracking system so this will be a fixed array. This is for a single-person household, running lighting, household appliances etc but not cooking/refrigeration which will all be by butane gas.
I would welcome any comments, positive or otherwise, on the pros and cons etc of my proposed system, cos you guys are the experts! The next project, once this is up and running, is a solar pumping system!