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Authors Liz Kimbrough
Location Costa Rica
Status Implemented
Completed 2010
Made? Yes
Instance of Solar panels
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The Rainbow Hostel is located close to Golfito, Costa Rica. This forming community intends to serve as a learning center for social sustainability. The Rainbow Hostel is run completely on solar energy, system described below.


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There are six Sanyo 120 watt panels that generate 720 watts at peak generation.

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The solar energy is collected and stored in the batteries as a DC current. The Xantrex inverter changes the DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current) for use in standard household appliances. The controller box manages the charging of the batteries from the solar panels to the batteries.

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The Batteries are 6 volt Rolls brand. There are 2 rows of 4 batteries wired as a series in parallel. This gives us a 24 volt system. 4 batteries x 6 volts = 24 volt


There is also a 6,500m KW Honda backup generator just in case!

See Appropedia's Solar PV page to learn more about solar photo-voltaic systems.

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Type Project
Keywords solar, solar energy, power, renewable energy, battery, charge controller, social sustainability, community, solar panels, watts, voltage, current, dc (direct current), ac (alternating current), backup generator
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG04 Quality education, SDG07 Affordable and clean energy, SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG12 Responsible consumption and production, SDG13 Climate action, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Megan Moore, Liz Kimbrough
Published 2010
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Affiliations Appropedia traveling intern
Language English (en)
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