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Solar Sign Lighting

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Planetary Systems offers many types of solar and wind powered sign lighting using our own super-efficient LED outdoor lighting. Systems have advanced battery technology and can be wind and solar powered or solar alone. PV power system This sign is for a lodge near West Yellowstone, Montana and is PV powered. The two solar panels shown provide year round energy to the battery system and the control and battery enclosure is conveniently hidden near the base of the structure. Planetary Systems can design and supply any PV/wind sign lighting...

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Wyoming Off-Grid Home

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This home in the Wheatland, Wyoming area is probably one of the most energy efficient homes in the area. The home has our Power Package Off-grid system, 98% efficient radiant heating our C-1000 Vertical Axis Wind Generator with backup instantaneous gas water heaters. PV and Wind power system The home has a 2.2kw PV array on pole mounts and our C-1KW VAWT wind unit with Backup generator     Power Package In the basement mechanical room, our model PP-3524T/7K-21AGM Power Package is connected to a main utility panel  to provide power to the home.  The battery system has 30 kilowatts of power storage using sealed, maintenance free AGM type batteries.   Radiant heating The photo shows the radiant heating system using a Buderus GB-142, 98% efficient gas boiler with a Takagi instantaneous hot water heater. This is our standard setup for gas powered heating systems for off-grid...

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Schwem Residence / Lyric Architecture

Schwem Residence / Lyric Architecture

By on Mar 28, 2013 in Projects | 0 comments

Near downtown Bozeman, Montana is a grid-connected home employing systems designed and installed by Planetary Systems, Inc. These include heating, hot water, solar hot water and PV power systems. These include heating, hot water, solar hot water and PV power systems. We also supplied the majority of the energy efficient appliances including 2 Vestfrost refrigerator/freezers, as shown   The evacuated tube collectors provide about 1/2 the normal daily domestic hot water requirement and more in summer. Yet the system requires a very small amount of discreet roof space next to the PV Panels.The 1320 watt solar array and Seido 1-8 solar collector are hidden from the street on the south facing roof. There is no visible sign from the street that this is anything other than an ordinary house. However, this home is designed to have all the modern conveniences, but uses only 4.4 Kwh daily.   The Buderus boiler, hot water tanks and model 1DX Power Package were all installed in the crawlspace to save space in the living areas. The Buderus sealed combustion boiler and Power Package design allowed local code officials to approve this type of installation for the equipment.   The Planetary Systems, Inc. patented Power Package system allows the full utilization of a grid-tied system with battery storage in a tight situation with limited space requirements (Model 1DX...

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Fowler/Brown

Fowler/Brown

By on Mar 28, 2013 in Projects | 0 comments

This is an offgrid home project which included solar, wind and energy efficient systems for this cabin/home located near Ennis, Montana. The relative size of the home is deceiving as this home is supposed to look like an old homestead complete with little log cabin below where we installed the water and power systems the year prior to building the cabin. The total sq-ft of the home is about 1500. The home is heated by a Buderus sealed combustion boiler with radiant heat under the floors. Cabin interior -stairs to upper living area   Cabin great room-small recessed mono-point low voltage fixtures are located in the ceiling. Planetary Systems designed and supplied the lighting package for energy efficiency.       The main power system is located in a small cabin located on the property about 70′ from the home, which was refurbished and contains the Power Package, Absolyte IIP battery bank and water system.   The PV system includes (12) Sunwize SW-120 panels on two pole mounts providing 1440 watts of charging power to the battery system.       A Southwest Windpower model H-40 provides about 100 Kwh monthly for the system in this Ennis, Montana location, and is installed on a ridge above the house   All systems were installed in this cabin (water and electrical) prior to the house being built and the services were trenched to the house location to “plug-in” when the house was ready. Pre-planning is an important part of any efficient renewable home...

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Abrash residence-Seattle area

Abrash residence-Seattle area

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Renovation of a home reducing energy use utilizing Solar electric (PV) and solar hot water collector system with Takagi instantaneous hot water heater. This system was installed early in 2006 by local contractors using technologies provided by Planetary Systems, Inc. and has resulted in a dramatic reduction of both onsite fossil fuel and electric usage. The solar PV system consists of a 2600 watt solar array which is roof mounted connected to our model PP-3524GT/7K-25AGM Power Package (located in the garage) This system sells back about 16kwh daily accoprding to the owner. Power generation is greatly enhanced by the Outback FM-60 charge controllers which allow the array to be operated at higher voltage into a 24vdc battery system.   The Seido solar hot water collector has been able to supply 150 deg-F water to the Buderus S-200 storage tank daily in Seattle. These collectors have no water except in the manifold and transfer heat in a solid-state fashion by collecting and transfering heat from the vacuum tube to the collector manifold at 92% efficiency with no freezing or other issues. This system has reduced Nat. Gas consumption by almost 80% according to the owner.   The Buderus S-200 (53 gallon) hot water storage tank is then coupled directly to the Takagi instantaneous hot water heater to provide a level and continuous supply of hot water at night and when production from the collector is low. Don’t try this with just any instaltaneous hot water heater, the unit must be designed for this function.   The Power Package system shown located at the rear of the garage, is compact and simple. This system is our PP-3524GT/7K-25AGM model Power Package with 1200 amp-hours battery capacity and the complete Outback POwer Systems metering package with data logging and full controls. This system is strapped to the foundation for earthquake...

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Planetary Systems Home & Business

Planetary Systems Home & Business

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Planetary Systems, Inc. home, offices and business are totally grid-independent at our Ennis, Montana location. Completely independent systems utilizing wind and PV input are located in our personal power shed and in our main shop/warehouse location on 6 acres in southern Montana. Systems were originally installed in 1998 but have been continuously upgraded to feature the same products we offer for sale. Planetary Systems also has operational solar hot water, hybrid heating and low energy well pump systems at our facility. Personal PV/Wind power system Our home is powered by four pole mounted PV arrays with (2) 6 module racks of older Astropwer 120 watt modules and two newer arrays with ((4) Ecosolargy 185w modules (each) on a separate MX-60 controller. Additionally there is a 500 watt Newsky wind unit, a Whisper H-40 wind generator and a Q-type, 600w wind generator connected to this system. The arrays are wired as a 72vdc array (6 panels in series) and 48v (2 panels in series-24v panels) which reduces wire loss thanks to the Outback Power MX-60 controllers. Our home uses only 8.5kwh daily and about 500 gallons of propane gas annually supplemented by wood. We have all the normal appliances and services except that they are all truly energy efficient.   Udated Power Package system Our home power system was updated to the new PP-Ultra system (model PP-2524T/5K) featuring Outback Power Systems (2) 2500 watt inverters, MX-60 (2) controllers connected to our original AGM-1000 a/h battery bank. This system can now integrate all DC wind and PV inputs, at different voltages, allowing greater efficiency from the system. We still use our original EZ-wire Southwest Windpower controllers plus a new TGW controller for the 500w wind unit, allowing greater efficiency on this wind unit.   Shop PV and Wind power Our shop system has (12) Sunwize SW-120 modules mounted on our shop roof now wired as a 72vdc array, increasing our power collection by about 30% We also have 72vdc set of (3) Mitsubishi 175 watt modules and a 3-module set of Schott 225 watt modules on the east side. Six of the Sunwize panels serve as a sunshade for the office area. The shop system has our  WKV-600 VAWT unit at...

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