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Just wondering the approximate cost for a solar power system for a small cabin. Exhaust fan and dehumidifier in the summer, occasionally a portable a/c unit would be the heavy load items in the summer. Usually a weekend at a time so the batteries would have time to charge. We would keep a generator if we would drain the batteries. No real heavy load besides lights and TV in the winter.
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A portable AC and dehumidifier both draw quite a few amps so you will need a pretty good system to do it. Not sure of the cost exactly that it would take. I have a small solar setup that I run lights and surflow pump on. I use the generator though to run fans and would use it to power AC if I ever needed it. Since we built our cabin though we haven't needed AC and just use fans when it gets really hot.

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You'll need at least 1,600 watts of solar panels and 800 amp/hrs of batteries(4 Trojan T-105's). Minimum of a 1,500 watt inverter and not the cheap junk variety along with a 40 amp charge controller. Probably around $5k on the low end.

Or you could get an inverter generator such as the Honda Eu2000 for around $1,000 and it will run your ac for about 8 hrs on a gallon of gas and it will be quiet as well.

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You'll need at least 1,600 watts of solar panels and 800 amp/hrs of batteries(4 Trojan T-105's). Minimum of a 1,500 watt inverter and not the cheap junk variety along with a 40 amp charge controller. Probably around $5k on the low end.

Or you could get an inverter generator such as the Honda Eu2000 for around $1,000 and it will run your ac for about 8 hrs on a gallon of gas and it will be quiet as well.
Right now I have a Briggs and Stratton generator but it sounds like a lawnmower running right outside the window. So anything better/quieter would be better.
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Right now I have a Briggs and Stratton generator but it sounds like a lawnmower running right outside the window. So anything better/quieter would be better.

The inverter Generators are really quiet compared to a regular generator. I have a 2000 watt Champion and I like it. I would probably consider going with a Honda as those things last forever. The Champion I bought was on a really cheap sale at Cabelas and I had a bunch of points, so I basically got it for free. That was hard to pass up. If you are running a decent size AC unit you may want to get the 3KW instead of the 2KW. The 2KW is much easier to carry though.

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