Installing A 200w Solar System In My Shed

a few episodes ago we put a brand new
roof on this shed and in that episode I told you that they were specific
projects that I wanted to do when that roof was going to enable us to do it in
this episode we're gonna get onto one of those projects so make sure and stay
tuned right after this so the project well in this episode
we're going to be putting solar into this building now one big drawback about
allotment gardens is that there is a lack of power there and with that lack
of power means that you can't have any lighting so you're limited the amount of
time you can spend at the allotment you can't run all sorts of things like tools
and what-have-you okay and as many of you have seen we
have been running tools off generators and all sorts over the years now that's
not to say solar is the answer for everything however what is going to do
is allow us to have a fantastic amount of things that we can do from that solar
and the very first one is to put lighting into this shed now we're going
to get up then today with it so we're going to go through the whole process
step by step and that very first step starts with setting up the solar panels
and attaching the brackets so that's coming right up here is the diffuser of an old paraffin heater
just to prevent the drill bit going like the way through and hit in the solar
panel below we've got guttering that's in our way at
the moment so we're just gonna pull this off we put this guttering on the other
day when we did the roof so we just need to take that off give us access through
here later now I've marked on the roof where we need to be so let's gonna have
a look at that okay so just on the floor here guys you'll
see these lines marked and this paper is very soft at moment the Sun has been on
it but what we're going to do is we're going to line up both our solar panels
and literally just screw them in so we've marked where they need to go and
we are not far out there on those same thing with this one it's coming up right
next to it that's where our panels are going the
only thing I got to do now we've always screw them down
please connect up the wires so let's pull him off to the side a moment actually I wanna put them underneath one
of these so that's one done and that can come under one of these out of the way so
now we have both our panels linked into just two wires now okay so they're gonna
come underneath one of these panels I think probably this one there we are, excellent here we go great now all that leaves me
to do is to screw them to the joist now I've got a nice long piece on the impact
driver and we've got some 3-inch screws here now I know what some of you will be
thinking why is he screwing they could be stolen like that.

I'm screwing for a
reason and yes I could have put these brackets underneath but I didn't want
him I wanted for ease of use but what I'm going to do is round the heads of
these screws off so that they can't be undone and then later on we will put some silicone or some bitumen over these
as well that ones not catching something for some reason and the last one, there we are cool so I'm gonna
do now is use this bit too literally Round over there screws so they can't be
taken out and apart from telling you guys that they are up here most other people aren't gonna notice because of the lip that's around
the roof of the shed and the path is at the front and these are much lower so as
you can see the Sun is hitting these quite well we're not going to angle them
like you should do but it should provide us what we need so next step now
is to get this wire from these into the shed itself okay so these are the wires
that we know need and I'm not going to connect them to that yet but I need to
drill some holes and I'm going to put them down here which is below I don't know the things gonna be big
enough nope so we're gonna have to widen them and
what we'll do is we will fill around these with a bit of silicone but I don't
want to connect them just yet we but we do need to get into the shed or get this
wire it into the shed so we can do what we need to do with it I want to leave
enough because I won't push them wires backup under the solar panels and I also
want to be able to put a tack to keep the wire down and then we'll fill that
hole there by doing it this way by bringing the wire down and then back
up so if I leave a bit more by putting a tack in there or a horseshoe staple or
whatever it is and then bringing it back up any water that runs down isn't going
to come into this hole and that way you'll keep the shed dry so for now
that's all I need here same thing now with this red one there we go so I'm happy with that it's
gonna give me enough up there and to put down by there as well okay that will be fine there so we'll sort that out after now we need
to get into the shed okay so what I'm just gonna do here now guys is i'm
putting up a temporary board here and it's a little bit of a OSB that
we had an off cut from now the reason I'm doing this is because I wanted some way to
attach the control board the charge controller without having to rely on it
being there I can literally remove it and put
elsewhere if I need to so we're just going to and then we can attach a charge
controller to this now this may well stay here because we have some future
plans for this part of the shed which we'll talk about in later episodes but
the next step now is to fix a charge controller here and we need to bring out
these wires so I think I'm probably just going to fix it on the end here and
these wires will be cut then there so we'll stick a charge control by there now well that will do is leave some
space here for the inverter which we can then invert 12 volt to 240 but for now
all I'm worried about doing is running some lights off here other stuff is going
to come in later episodes so just bare with us for that okay before you go
cutting any cables make sure that you haven't connected them and now is why we
didn't connect them up there and now we are able to just cut this he says that extra bit of wire will be what we
will use now to go to the battery but we now needs to strip these and it's quite
thick wire okay so on the charge controller here we've got a little
picture it's got one for the solar one for the
battery and then one for the load now the load is whatever we're gonna take away
from that and we're gonna put that into a junction box where we can take off all
sorts of stuff but for these two wires we need to go into the charge controller
so we've got a positive on the left and I got the negative on the right the
positive is always the red so we just need to shove that up in the hole up
there as far as we can here we go and tighten them down now we need to make sure that's in there
really well same thing now with this negative right I'm gonna have to cut this
one down with a little bit long okay so now we can tidy them up over there
with some clips job done all right so technically now we could link in that
solar panel and it will be live okay that is now safe we can now run two
more of these cables which will come down to the battery now we're not going
to plug in the charge controller just yet correction the solar panels just yet
until we get everything we want done here as far as the battery and
everything else is concerned now they sure have protected this wire now this is
quite heavy-duty wire and I know we're only 12 volt but a fair whack of power
can come down through these from them panels so we need to make sure that
we're secure were there so again positive on the left and we need to do the same now with the
negative Nice and tight now they're quite long and
I'm going to leave them long for the moment because there's no issue I'm gonna
clean the floor here and they we are gonna we're going site the battery I need to get proper
connectors for the battery but for now I'm going to connect them up with a
couple of Jubilee clips just to make this system actually live okay and
but essentially that's it solar comes into the charge controller sends a power
out to a battery we then got a load one we can take off then to lighting or
whatever else we want to do so that fixing guys is just temporary now
all that is is just to attach the wires to the battery for the time being now
this battery is a hundred and thirty amp hours and eventually we will get another
couple and we'll wire them in series and we'll do a video on that when it comes
to it but for now we can connect the solar panel up and it will be charging well guys as you can see it's relatively
dark now excuse the noise at the road there is some sort of part of the
something going on but anyway it's relatively dark but I didn't want to
wait much longer because I want to get home and have some food it's coming up
to around about quarter past nine now but then as you can see the shed is
relatively dark considering the time it is but I want to show you what the
lights are like in you so that's what the lights light up this shed like not
bad for a little 12-volt system and I'm going to run through this 12-volt system
again if I turn it out excuse the mess in my shed but I just want
to show you how effective these little 12-volt lights are and they're very
cheap as well but look at that so this is gonna be a really useful space right
the next thing I want to show you is not only have i done the shed but I ran all
of this lighting through to the tunnel as well and I'm also gonna put out some
PIR lights out here okay again now we're at the tunnel and in the
tunnel we've got a few lights there's only six in this main part of a tunnel
but it's enough to be able to come up here in the winter after work when it's
pitch-black at half past four and I got all this stuff to go out but it's enough
for me to get up you do some potting on or whatever I need to do we also got
two in here as well so as we are putting trays in here it's going to
allow us to do that as well guys so this is the other room that's in the back of
the polytunnel now I will show you on how all of this is going or how it's all
wired in the daytime but it's not only the lights that we running so
I'll explain more about that now in a moment but as you can see I've got tons
and tons of stuff to go out it is raining at the moment so I've held
off on putting about that giant cabbage needs to go out and everything else but
it'll be a lot brighter than you in a winter because a lot of these lights are
obscured by the vines and what-have-you at the moment you know they're growing
as you can see they've they've grown loads since one of the last videos and
I'm hoping that we get some really good grapes off him in fact while I got here
I will show you we're only just in the start of may and they're already showing
grapes and you know little bunches here and there and in fact some of them are
further on and others like these here you know so they will I think
without a really good crop this year anyway
I sort of digress so guys this is the lighting in the night time I stayed up
here late just so that they can show you what they like in the dark and and also
you can see I mean the lighting itself we're about £2 something or £3
something each and we've got eight in the shed and eight in the polytunnel but
now it means that it doesn't matter what time of day it is we can be doing
something at the plot anyway I'll explain what's going on with it now
in a moment right we're back to the daytime guys so we're going to have a
quick look at how this solar system is wired up okay so here all this is
only really in a temporary position but I'll explain more of that later on
but here coming in through the top here you have the two wires coming from this
solar panels that are on the roof that we saw earlier on they come into a
positive and negative here then we've got a positive and negative which come
down to the batteries now I've taped them together just to keep them
together and they come down to two batteries and these are both 130 amp
hour batteries and as you can see I've plumbed in some quick-release connectors
they're wired in parallel so one will charge the other and obviously pull
current from the other okay so from there we then got our load so we run a
cable up into a junction box that then runs over to a switch for the lighting
in the shed I'll come back to this and in fact I'll explain that while I'm you
now so this one runs off to the lighting in the shed then we've got this
one that runs to sockets within the shed and this one runs to the polytunnel
and I'll explain now in a moment as well so as you can see as we come down
I've got a hole drilled you're still got to seal this off I've got some conduit
which runs across the top the IBCs outside into the polytunnel then we've
got another cable then that runs around it goes into a socket down there and it
literally runs right around the perimeter of the building comes up to a
small clipsal socket here and then comes over here to another socket I'll
explain those sockets when we get out there now but the wiring for the lights
comes along the top here and terminates in this switch you then which just
turns the lights on and off now as he saw from the video last night
that's quite bright I can get in you now a lot of the wiring is done and
tidy up this mess alright guys so we now at the side of the shed okay we're
in a nice shaded area and here is one of those sockets it's an external socket as
you can see okay and it's just like a cigarette lighter socket okay and then
but these are used for marine as you can see yeah now we've got another one on
the other side as well which I'll show you and I'll tell you why you've got
these coming in excuse the wind noise so on here I've got a load of hose and I
have a 12 volt bilge pump here this moves 3,700 gallons an hour and it
moves a lot of water we can literally just drop this down into the tank we can get this cable lift this out and plug it in and now once it pumps out this water you'll see in a moment
it's just got to fill this pipe up with water cause I haven't used it in a little while but it will do now here it comes so now I can use this for watering all of my plants
rather than using a bucket or watering can so make life a lot easier and as simple as that
can also then use that to transfer water from one tank to another so it's a
really good way of doing that and then when I finished just pull that out job
done this off but very easy plug it in and now I ain't going to muck about it's as simple as that look so it's a great way to to water and there's a lot
of hose here that its moving water around
I'll utilize this now I got a hole here I've got a seal up and utilize this now
for moving water around the plot as well it'll save me carrying a battery we were
using this system before but I was carrying a battery around with this but
now it's just a case of plugging in wherever I need to so we lift that up to
there moment I had that drain now in the tunnel this is where the wire came in in
fact I'll come back out here that conduit that runs along really look it holds the
electrical wire and it's taped down not taped on it's tied down a with a cable
tie the way it comes out to here comes up this post to another junction box
now this cable here runs over the top to a switch and this one that goes off the
side runs along the top they look we could just about make it out and it runs
to another junction box down the bottom which we can use for other things
this one this switch in here does these lights look and you saw that working
last night as well things are looking a bit dry you because I left all the
windows in is halfway through the day and things are a bit hot so they've
wilted a bit but we will get that sorted so this is where the other cable comes to
another junction box and we'll use this for powering a small 12-volt pump
and it'll be taken into here and you come up the back here because we plan on
putting a pump in the pool in the pond area and once we've done that we'll be
landed so anyway guys I hope that was of interest to you how we've set up the
solar here all of the products I have spoken about you today are all available
on our website under the 12 volt category so go on there and have a
little look it might be that there's something there that will suit you and
you don't have to have such a big system like we've got here alright but the
reason I've got this in because there are a lot more projects that are coming
up over the next few months with it and that's going to benefit we need the
system here to do that we don't want to be retrofitting down a second time so if
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