Seeking Help

Hey Everyone,

I could really use some help to really understand the best way to make the switch to total Solar Power. I understand some principles but don’t feel comfortable yet to start the process.

So far I understand that I have to have blocking diodes for the shaded panel and that the reverse diodes are part of the panels already.

Also, is it better to step down the voltage to store easier in batteries or multi-cell the pack and step up the voltage to the current packs 170V?

Also, the current stock hybrid battery pack is Ni-Metal Haylide. Should I try to upgrade now the whole battery management system and batteries now, or just add to existing for more capacity.

I am on a limited budget.
Much Thanks,