Most homes that run partially off solar hard mount solar panels to roofs to secure against wind and theft. The best advice I would offer is for the owner to have the knowledge how their panels are mounted and how they would go about removing them if needed. They would need to come down and hidden in a secured area. Use a technique that I call “mobile redundancy”.
My storage power devices, the M1 (that I will cover in a later post), is sized to power only one appliance. In later post, I will demonstrate how to size your mobile cell for charging and powering. For example, I have one M1, with a power generation system to host one freezer. The solar panels, M1, and freezer are all mobile. See (Figure 1).
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The same would be true for lighting, fans, well pump, etc. This is very costly if I were to use Ni/Fe cells with ultracapacitors. In this case, load demands can share a common M1 depending on the use and capacity. When setting up for the morning charging and powering routine, solar panels would be placed in hidden positions after storage for the evening; not in plain view on a roof. Remember, anything that is visible from a distance is a target for theft and a target on your life and the safety of your family. Only in a secured location or situation can appliances have a hard mount. The redundancy is for a backup. If a short, theft, or lightning, eliminated one unit, you will have many others units that are independent from that site. Also, if a failure of a Ni/Fe cell or CAP, there would be many other units to share the load or to rearrange cells of higher capacitance or similar in power density. Same is true for diodes and relays.
Remember, You do not want to advertise that only you have electrical power. Leave outside lights off and blackout all windows. A gas powered generator is a dead giveaway by the noise they generate. Solar panels are quite and can generate power even in shade if they have a large surface area. They can even lay flat on the ground, behind bushes, provided they are monitored by keeping them in full sunlight.
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