The DIY World Installing Solar Panels On A Home In Australia

I was asked by a friend in Australia to install his solar panels, batteries and inverter. This was a good opportunity for me to practice my skills in solar power installation.

He had a complete solar power set complete with four 80 watt solar panels, two huge batteries, a solar charge controller and a pure sine wave inverter. This is from a camper he once had.

At first we decided to cut an old wooden pallet to size and put the batteries on that. My friend and his kids helped get the pallet ready.

When that was done i put the batteries on the pallet. This was a challenge because each battery weighs 160 pounds. I then wired up the batteries together in parallel to increase the total Amp Hours of the battery bank while keeping a 12 volt system.

We drilled a hole in the box to accept the wires coming from the solar panels. I put a solar panel on the porch roof to test the system out. After connecting the solar charge controller to the batteries I then wired up a solar panel to the charge controller and saw that it was charging the batteries.

But my friend came up with a better idea for the batteries and dragged out this huge trunk that will now house the batteries and double as a bench.

I got the batteries wired up in the new trunk and this is where I had to leave it for the day.

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26 Responses to The DIY World Installing Solar Panels On A Home In Australia

  1. Georgette Wood says:

    Good job Troy.

  2. Darana Keo says:


  3. Anna Nolan says:

    Im not an electrician – so in English what exactly do I need to live off grid completely?I want to get a 10kw off grid solar system – what would each panel have to be in wats? What size batteries would I need? Any other information I should know??

  4. bob woerner says:

    . i have a 12v deep cycle marine battery as a back up separate from my 2 6 volt t105 golf cart battery system . long story short i had them all on trickle charge at my home a yr ago. batteries were topped off. i move the trailer to storage .no power available. with no charge going to the batteries any longer and with small volt meters connected to both the batteries held a charge for quite awhile although volts were of 3 or 4 moths ago the volt meters were no longer lit and showed no about to install a 100 watt solar panel with 30 amp mppt controller to the 2 six volt set up and hope over some time it will restore those batteries to 12.6 and was thinking of using the portable kit to install to the marine 12 volt to restore and maintain that battery as you think the panels will bring the batteries back to a good charge on their own without having to remove them and have them boost charged ?also being its at a storage facility i was thinking of mounting the portable to the trailer roof so no one walks off with it.can i do this if i cover the charge controller in plastic to keep dry ?

  5. krialaison 01 says:

    what does it do I dont get it?

  6. ebzery says:

    run a red wire off panels + side so you dont get confused

  7. ebzery says:

    buy mc4 connectors for pannels male is +

  8. ebzery says:

    wast of wire shorter is better

  9. bradbbs says:

    8 times 4 is 24? Is that metric or imperial?

  10. Miranda Jones says:

    All out of focus !!!

  11. Yummyvideos says:

    8 times 4 is 24?? And you took ages to calculate that!!!

  12. N L says:

    Good job sir

  13. Okereke Stephen says:

    what are battery volt and panel watt?

  14. Ajibade Abayomi says:


  15. abdulsaleem saleem says:

    very nice install

  16. damiete ediyekio says:

    can some get 24/hour


    The batteries I'm not too sure if was in series so I need to learn more


    If your watching this and thinking of doing solar on your home it'll be a good idea to film it to teach others you'll benefit you plus others just like this video is giving you info same with you everyone but I Wana actually make free energy non reliant to the elements so free self powering perpetual electric generator magnet power so magnetic pull rejection propulsion but solar is very good wind anything free is good


    You gotta check the area if there's chances of flooding ask owners if then put it on a stand with measuring lines with a cut off switch so just a switch to seperate the joint current water proof just like an electric bike waterproof but portable generators always have duck tape to tape the power connection up under the coverings etc safety especially for kids

  20. poolpumpenergy says:

    I love watching vids about solar installation.. its thanks to that I did manage to install mine..

  21. Gowild Amit says:


    Nice presentation. I have a quick one for you
    We live here in Warsaw, Poland and we have recently bought a new property in the outskirts of Warsaw. The house has very good visibility from all directions but there is not much sunlight during the winter. What do you suggest? How can we make our property energy efficient? If possible, our goal is to have ecological heating for home and for water:)

    Thanking you,

  22. Get Healthy Get Hot says:

    Awsome video! thanks for sharing it!

  23. Doerr Architecture says:

    @dassouki, good house construction usually costs $150-200/SF so a 1500 SF house would cost about $263k, subtract 5% for conventional construction; perhaps Maine or ND are less expensive. The beauty of passive solar is that it is not complicated and thus will not require much maintenance. The parts are not high-tech.

  24. Dassouki Photography says:

    In terms of cost, how does an average 1,500 sq foot urban home let's say in Maine or North Dakota will cost to build in terms of building it passive or regular? The other question is, after 10 years of building a house, how passive is the house, does passive housing require a lot of maintenance and upkeep? are parts easy to replace? etc

  25. trybal007 says:

    Awesome simple explanations! Hats off! 🙂

  26. Doerr Architecture says:

    @bokomaru4 Thank you.

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