Solar and/or Batteries for Nomads in Need

Sometimes generous donors have items in almost-new condition that a nomad in need can use.  Yet, because HOWA’s staff are nomads ourselves, we don’t have a way to store or transport many of the items that donors want to provide.  As a result, we typically encourage people to conduct a search themselves for someone deserving in their current locale.

But, because we planned to do 3 minivan Build Outs this month, we accepted and transported several items from AZ to NV that we thought we would use.  Now, with the Build Out postponed, we’d like to distribute the more difficult to transport items to those in need within the mobile community.

So, we have opened applications for donated and gently used solar and 12v items —

  • Solar power system kit that includes a 245W panel, charge controller, most wiring, mounting brackets, fuses, and two 6-volt 224 Ah batteries.
  • 12v Battery, 101 Ah
  • 12v Marine Battery, Group 24

IMPORTANT:  Recipients are responsible for installation and to make sure all components will fit in and on the vehicle in which they live.

Apply by filling out and emailing this application to Suanne Carlson, Executive Director,  Click here for the application.

Here are some details about each of the options listed above.

Solar power system kit.  Two kits will be awarded.

  • 245w Panel weighs 41 lbs; dimensions: 64.95 × 39.05 × 1.37 inches (1650 × 992 × 35mm)
  • Two 6-volt Interstate batteries, flooded cell (see photos and screen shot of specs below)
  • Charge controller
  • Most wiring (heavy gauge wire to run batteries in series NOT included)
  • Fuses, connectors, and brackets for solar panel
  • The used batteries and panels have all tested to be in good working order.
  • Batteries were new on 1/20
  • Thank you generous donors, Santan Solar, Renogy, and anonymous private contributor.




































All 6v Interstate Batteries have the same purchase date and specs
















12v Battery, one to be awarded

  • 101 Ah
  • Flooded
  • Used, tested good
  • New on 10/19
  • Recommend solar power system with a 100W panel at least, 200W better
  • Thank you anonymous donor.

12v Marine Battery, one to be awarded

  • Group 24, Dual Purpose.  For example, could be used as a:
    • Starter battery for a small vehicle, OR
    • Storage for a small solar power system (with a 100W panel)
  • Flooded
  • Used, tested good
  • New on 1/19
  • Thank you anonymous donor


Apply by filling out and emailing this application to Suanne Carlson, Executive Director,  Click here for the application.