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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Embrun ON, Canada

    Default Solar powered Sugar shack

    Just finished installing 450 watt solar power system at the shack, fingers crossed that it will work.

    2012 Year 1 - 6 taps
    2013 Year 2 - 85 taps
    2014 Year 3 - 150 taps - 22 gallons
    2015 Year 4 200 taps - 15 Gallons
    2016 Year 5 200 taps - 23 gallons
    2017 Year 6 200 Buckets, 100 on 3/16 gravity)
    2018 Year 7 200 Buckets , 175 on 3/16 with shurflo 4008

    Patrick Phaneuf 2x6 raised flue
    Polaris 6x6, 1990 Alpine Ski-doo
    Sugar shack - 12X24 with 8x14 wood shed

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Oxford, Maine


    Nice work. That should work well. I joined a solar farm this past year and hope to be carbon free this season

    2018: 300 taps,60 gallons of syrup
    2019: 330 taps
    Drop lines and hanging buckets, all hand lugged
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    7in. Filter press
    17 HP Kubota tractor
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Thetford, VT


    Nice job. You will enjoy the benefits. We used a small solar trickle charger to run a tank sensor in the woods last year and it kept the battery charged without any concerns. This is were LED bulbs are a benefit.

    I have 36 panels on my house. The sugarhouse receives power through my house and the solar. It definitely helps me. We just had two Tesla batteries installed at the house and they will power the sugarhouse too.

    Tapping since 1985 (four generations back to early to mid 1900s). 200-250 taps on buckets and then tubing in the mid 90s. 2013- 275 taps w/sap puller 25 gal. 2014-295 taps w/sap puller 55 ga. (re-tapped to vacuum theory) 2015-330 taps full vac. 65 gal, 2016-400 taps 105 gal, 2017-400 taps 95 gal. 2018-additional 800' mainline and maybe 400 new taps for a total near 800 taps. 2x6 Leader WSE (last year on it) supported by a 250 gph RO.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    Nice, I have 6240 watts at my sugarhouse but it is net metered, my excess is credited to my home bill.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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