2018-05-08 • By Daniel MacKay
This tag is for articles about solar stuff in Nova Scotia, usually written by our members.
This document helps you build a system to charge mobile devices via USB with energy from a solar panel. It includes a large section on how to use the RETScreen tool to analyze your power needs and turn those into battery and panel requirements. The plans were created by the Fall 2017 class of the Nova Scotia Community College Introduction to Renewable Energy program.
Designs posted by Solar Nova Scotia are done so without liability of Solar Nova Scotia or the authors.
By Carolyn van Gurp
Until two weeks ago, my mainland Nova Scotia 8 X 16 woods camp had been powered primarily by candle, making for long winter evenings.
With the guidance of a patient solar-powered neighbour and after finding a 40 watt solar panel on sale at Canadian Tire, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade.
by Jeff Harrop
All sites are not created equal. While the full benefits of passive solar can only be gained with an unobstructed southern exposure, many sites offer less. Of course, solar is only one consideration, and not necessarily the most important. To get the most out of it, you will have to plan your site.
In 2014, several Saint Mary's University Business students did a study on the needs of Solar Nova Scotia members and potential members.
This objective was addressed by gathering, consolidating and presenting input from members and interested parties, then gathering ideas and gaining commitments to action. These were achieved by using a digital survey followed by an in person presentation and workshop.
By Jeff Harrop
Ground is the earth and where voltages over 50 volts must be referenced from. This includes DC (Direct Current) and AC (alternating current) voltages. In order to do this we have a connection to the earth for each power system installed on a premise. It can be a set of driven rods, a plate, the copper water piping system, or a well casing.
The photovoltaic panels have lethal potential voltages and therefore must be bonded to the grounding system to protect people from live voltages from energizing the metal framework of the panels.