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please distinguish which kind of panels you are talking about when posting

One kind are solar votlaic cells which produce electricity and can poser a house if it is run as a 12 volt system. to transform it to regular voltage requires a lot of equipment

The other is water heating panels that are basically black water pipes in an insulated box with a glass/perspex cover. The hot wate thermosyphons to an insulated water tank higher up and can be used as hot shower water, clothes washing, and heating (most effective with underfloor heating as this only needs a low water temperature to work).

the second option is easy to make yourself, or have made for you. If you do it very simply you can just put large pipes in the panel and store the water right there.

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I follow your point.  I was searching the I'net for Solar info in LOS and found only 3 sites that had anything worth viewing.  One had "package" plans and they used a huge number of panels (in my opine) compared to what we use in the States.  They had half the wattage rating so figured that was the reasoning.  May end up shipping some of the average sized US ones over if all I can get in LOS are 60 or so watt units.

I'll shoot him an email this weekend when I have my mind focused better and see what I can find out.  Of course I may not require too much as the old house we stay in now only has 4Amp service from the grid.  I about shit myself when I found that out!

We're not going to require too much anyway, Fridge, Lights, Ceiling Fans, Ham Radios, Washer and mybe a TV and Stereo.  I don't use A/C so shouldn't be too bad of a draw on 220VAC.  Don't have to worry about the grandkids for a few years yet - oldest child is only 19 months!

I do appreciate your thoughts though - the more bugs I can work out the better!

Eric

Careful - fridge and washer use a HUGE amount in solar terms. You might want to consider a gas fridge or high-efficiency fridge. If you are only a couple of hundred metres from power, I would run lines - I have a temporary connection from a pole about 500 or 600 metres away, a doubled up run of ordinary cable I bought from the local shop, strung on bamboo poles lashed to fence posts. This will suffice until they run poles down my track (which is supposed to be next year ????). This supplied enough for welding my roof, so seems ok.

By the way, my service is 15amp. "So little?" I asked my better half. "That's a lot, thats VIP power" was the reply !! I can't imagine my breakers will ever trip, the one at the meter is a lower rating !!

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I've been trying to find a gas fridge for ages here in Thailand. Do you where Phibun?

whereever I ask they look at me as if I'm coming from Mars. "Gas is to heat not to freeze !" :o

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I've been trying to find a gas fridge for ages here in Thailand. Do you where Phibun?

whereever I ask they look at me as if I'm coming from Mars. "Gas is to heat not to freeze !"

mostly seen them at places selling boats, and boat utilities.

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I've been trying to find a gas fridge for ages here in Thailand. Do you where Phibun?

whereever I ask they look at me as if I'm coming from Mars. "Gas is to heat not to freeze !"  :o

Sorry, I haven't seen them here...

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I've been trying to find a gas fridge for ages here in Thailand. Do you where Phibun?

whereever I ask they look at me as if I'm coming from Mars. "Gas is to heat not to freeze !"  :o

Sorry, I haven't seen them here...

yea pretty much everyone says that. only ones that know are the rv and off the

grid people. the problem i had with propane fridges is that they really heat up a house

Its great in winter but in summer its not good. I had an old servel from the 50's which

guzzled the propane. another negative is the carbon monoxide it gave off. some of the newer ones have a vent for venting gasses to the outside. i believe sunfrost sells just the compressor or kits, can't remember, but you can install it in the cabinet of your liking. shipping a compressor to thailand is a possiblility.

there was a good discussion on photovoltaics a while back if thats what you're looking for. do a search on photovoltaics and it should come up

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