Our School Bus Conversion

100% Solar Is The Goal

I have been meaning to post this for quite some time. So let’s get down to business shall we….

Let me start by making this ABUNDANTLY CLEAR: I AM NOT AN EXPERT!! THIS IS ONLY HOW I AM PLANNING ON DOING IT!!

With that said I learned the most from a site that I would hope you have heard of before HandyBob’s. I also did some dabbling on youtube, blogs, and general google searches. I had no knowledge about solar other than the obvious which the sun hits the panel electricity goes through the wire to a battery bank then to a fuse box or outlets and then just magically work.

While that is the basic concept there is a whole bunch more to learn that I am still trying to gain a basic understanding. First things are you have to be able to determine what your usage is going to kind of be like. Which is why we are not going to go 100% solar in the beginning. We need to have a good idea as to what our energy consumption is going to look like before we start investing a lot of money. The last thing that I want to do over spend on items I really did not need.

So starting off we will have a 250 watt panel, 2k watt honda generator, and a sizeable battery bank. This should get us going with more than enough power to boondock comfortably. I keep having to remind myself that the process of building a skoolie will not stop even when we get on the bus. 100% solar power is the goal but playing it safe is going to be the way to go for us.

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