The gentleman I am partnering with is handling the solar system while I handle the mining rigs, so my answers will be rough. As of now, the system has the wattage to comfortably handle two S9's during peak sun and potentially a third if we wanted to stretch it. Battery capacity is the primary constraint - right now the five batteries can only power one S9 through the night but we can scale that quickly.jwithrowa0, Very cool!
If I may be so bold as to ask:
Thanks for posing something so interesting!
- How many watts total is your solar system?
- Is it able to charge the batteries enough during the day to keep the miner running all night?
- How much did the whole setup cost?
- Was there a government subsidy of the price as well?
As for cost, I only have rough figures but I was surprised at how cheap it was. My partner sources the panels for less than $100 per and he has 5 or 6 installed currently , the big inverter for the antminer is roughly $300 and the small inverter for the router and labtops is roughly $150, the batteries are a little over $100 per and he has five installed at the moment. I'm guessing here, but you might add another $200 or so for all of the cables and capacity monitors... and that's pretty much it. He installed everything himself so labor cost was zero. I will confirm this, but my impression is that this system cost roughly 2 grand, give or take.
As for government subsidy, I don't know for sure but I doubt it - though I would never fault anyone for claiming any deduction they could. I think the bulk of the solar credits have expired in the U.S.... they did successfully funnel hundreds of millions to choice (now bankrupt) alternative energy companies after all. Also, my partner sources most of these parts through P2P e-commerce sites and locally. Actually, he built his first solar panel himself using an old shower door as a base though he found it less efficient so he ponied up for the rest.