Project Installations: Hidden Valley Cabins Background
Hidden Valley is not on grid power and any infrastructure in the area has self-generation power. The McLennan’s over the years have tried to develop ideas to decrease their generator use therefore saving on greenhouse gasses but still giving their guests an optimum experience. In 1986 they installed 12 volt battery lighting in the cabins for guests to have lights once the generator was turned off.
A battery charger charged these batteries while the generator was running. In 1988 12 volt lighting was installed in the shop and entertainment area. This then progressed to their house in 1997 and they decided to develop a small 12 volt system that would power only a few small appliances such as lighting and television.
Over the next few years the system was developed further to a 3000-watt inverter, 2 x 24 volt battery banks, with invertors for powering larger electrical appliances, 3 x 12 volt battery banks for lighting and 4 x 80 watt solar panels.
The generator previously ran for 5 hours per day and our renewable energy system ran for the rest, this system however only allowed us to farm power and was not practical and not giving our guests an optimum experience.
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