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DIY Solar Hot Water Heater

Solar Hot Water

Cheap Solar Hot Water System

Start with spray painting your main storage tank flat black. During warm days by afternoon tank water temp will be hot enough by itself for warm bathing.

Use Cheap Black Garden Hose or Black Tubing for More Capacity

Add extra spirals if you need hotter water than 120.

Hook 12 volt pump inline.

Add More Coils or Larger Tubing as Needed
Solar Hot Water
Solar Hot Water Tank
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Adobe Brick Making


Adobe in Action describes its adobe brick making process. Adobe in Action is a New Mexico-based 501c3 non-profit organization. We support owner builders with the planning and construction of their adobe homes. We promote adobe home building and ownership through education and student-based field support.

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What effect does tilt angle have on solar panels?

Solar Power Angle

See what happens to the power output of your solar panels when you change the winter angle of the tilt from straight at the lower winter sun to a lesser angle, all the way back to flat. The volts don’t change all that much, but the current output drops dramatically, greatly reducing the output of your solar power system. Includes tips on how to decide what angle to tip your solar panels to for your DIY solar system.

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Intro to Solar Electric Systems

Taos Mesa Off the Grid

This workshop will introduce you to the different types of solar electric systems; PV Direct, Grid Tied, Off Grid, Grid Tied with Battery Backup and Hybrid. The pros and cons of each type of system will be discussed, as well as equipment needed for each.

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