This 3000 sq. ft home in Paxson, Alaska is operated almost entirely on solar energy. By using high efficiency
appliances and lighting, the owner was able to create a luxurious home with all the comforts of
utility power. The system includes a Trace SW4024, a 3000 amp - hour 24 volt battery bank,
16 BP-75 75 watt solar panels, an APT5 Power control center, and a 6 KW diesel generator for
Auxilliary battery charging. As you can see, this home includes all the amenities, including a well
equiped kitchen. The generator (not shown) preheats and starts automatically to supplement
solar charging in the winter when furnace use is high.
The solar panels are located on a fixed rack near the top of the roof to avoid snow buildup.
The kitchen includes gas appliances, a high efficiency refrigerator,
and full spectrum halogen and flourescent lighting.
This is the equipment area. From here in the furnace room, all the systems can be monitored and controlled, including