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oddysee posted a topic in Starting In Solar? Feel free to introduce yourself,Greetings all! It's been a long time since I've been lured out of the shadows into signing up on a new forum. What a great place this is - hats off to all the community leaders!
While I'm new to solar energy, I'm a long time petrol generator user. In my previous city, it was commonplace to use a generator when the grid choked. In the land of wine and fynbos, however, I hear no generators and I'm loathe to disturb the peace - not to mention that I no longer have a dedicated generator circuit. So, I've decided to part ways with my Honda 6.5kVA genny to pave the way for some Vicron goodness. Things appear to be worse than they've ever been so going green and sustainable seems inevitable.
Until recently, I decided I would "settle" with Goodwe due to the integrated MPPT charge controller, cost saving and NRS approval. My first love was always a Victron though and I'm leaning more towards this brand once more. I'm particularly sold on the rave reviews, flexibility and their app. The VictronConnect app has to be the best there is! I'm an IoT guy and this sorta thing is super important to me. I don't only want to consult a small LCD screen on the wall or do battle with an app that doesn't update properly.
My casual obsession and nightly research has led me to plan a system around the Victron MP II 48/3000. While I'd love to spring for the 48/5000, it's not possible right now. In order to get a "foot in the door", I figured I'd start with the 3kW now and then add another 6 months later. Good or bad idea?
In terms of solar panels, I'm not really sold on anything right now. Battery-wise, I started off being 100% sold on PylonTech US2000B but I'm now intrigued by the UFO 5kWh. I don't have a ton of garage floor space but have some great wall space that is already next to a mini-DB.
Fire away, gents!
Been doing a lot of reading here - some brilliant advice and posts.
I'm looking at installing a hybrid system - around 4.5kW Inverter, 3.6kWp PV and probably 2 Pylontech 3000s, largely DIY.
So here's the question - what brand inverter?
Leaning towards the Goodwe as a brilliant little all-rounder. Seems to include all function we require in one unit, good quality, easy install, and all at a pretty reasonable price.
But what would we be missing out on compared to the competition?
Thinking specifically Victron and/or SMA - what extra features and enhancements do these offer over the Goodwe? I hear the Goodwe is a little limited in the setup / programming one can do - this'd be a serious drawback for me. Are the others worth the extra expense and complexity? (As I understand both these other systems one would need seperate modular units as opposed to Goodwe all-in-one)
Would really appreciate your guys' reasons for preferring one over the other...
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Rclegg posted a topic in Starting In Solar? Feel free to introduce yourself,Hey all,
As with everyone in this country; I am done with Eskom's BS.
I'd like to design a system for my house to initially start out providing the house with power during load shedding periods. I'd like to then upscale the system to the point where Eskom is just a backup. I believe this is the Hybrid system (Grid-tied)?
The requirements I have for such a system is this:
1. I All plugs in the house should be on inverter power
2. All lights should be on inverter power (80% are LED - will be changing the remaining to LED)
3. Should be able to run the ceiling fan / light
Current power consumption is on average 30Kw a day (Have one ion those smart meters that gives readings; not sure on accuracy ?)
We won't need to run the follow for the moment: Pool pump, geyser, stove A/C. Eventually the system should be able to run all that except the stove as we will move that to gas.
I'v done some research and unfortunately I just have more questions than answers; hoping this helpful forum will be able to assist.
1. Will a 5Kva inverter be enough? What brands should I be looking at (And staying away from)
2. Batteries - Would it be better to go with 105ah batteries for now or use 200ah batteries - need to keep the house running for 4.5h min
3. Do I need to have a manual change over switch by the DB? (I know the inverter will do it; but not sure on the law / regulations)
4. Do I need a second DB according to regulations / law? (I am probably going to install one regardless, but would like to know)
5. Do I need to have a certified installer; or can I get someone knowledgable to install and then get someone to certify the system for me?
6. Do I need to register NERSA / COJ for the system to be 'legal'
Finally, let's say I want to upscale to solar - besides the PV panels / roof mounting kit - what else would I need to add to the system?
Budget wise; what should I be looking at to spend here for the short term (Just getting relief from load shedding) I am thinking in the 25 - 30k mark? excluding anything related to solar
Appreciate any feedback; I am completely new to all this and might not understand it all 100%.
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