I've been struggling with the connectors used for the battery pack, as the anderson connectors used for it are huge, and I don't have any tools strong enough to crimp these things. So, I think I've found the appropriate tool. I'm cringing at the cost to buy something that I'll likely only use a few times... https://powerwerx.com/hex-crimping-tool ... -powerpole
As a side note, Sierra Club sent me a link to Arcadia Power, where you can have them buy Renewable Energy Credits based on your utility usage. If you want 100%, it's $0.015/kWh which would end up being under $15/mo for me to do. They also have a no-cost option, where 50% of your energy usage is covered by the RECs.. No cost! Amazing. Anyhow for anyone interested in that:https://www.arcadiapower.com/durandal8882
I've powered a few different things with my battery pack and inverter so far, using grid power to recharge it for the moment until I get the previously mentioned crimpers. I can charge my Leaf successfully, power my refrigerator, entertainment center, etc without issue. The inverter fan is loud, however. So another week or so for the crimper to come in, then hopefully I can proceed with my tests on the Midnite Solar mppt charger. My main concern on it is programming so that it only charges my battery pack to 80% SOC in order to maximize the life of the battery cells.
Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf SL, traded it in and now I'm a very happy Tesla Model 3 owner.