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  1. I take the point on the carbon footprint generated by using Eskom to charge - thus far I have managed to keep it to a minimum and estimate that more than 90% of charging was from solar. But it is still good to have a plan B
  2. I really can't add anymore to what Youda has said - I would classify myself as a novice who understands the basics but essentially still just wants things to work (and I someone else can make them work all the better). I get away with using my system for EV charging as I only need to do small top ups overnight. The slow charging rate then is not so problematic. I have accepted that I will use public charging for larger charges or if I need to top up quickly. There are three DC chargers I know of in Cape Town. They charge at 50 kw per hour (in Europe some chargers already do a lot more).
  3. Maybe my experience as a novel electric vehicle owner will be useful to you. I bought a BMW i3 approximately two months ago. Many reasons for that: my old car was getting on in years, I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint, I wanted to make better use of my solar generating capacity and who can resist the lure of a new big toy... Definitely not a money saving endeavour as yet, but then a hobby does cost. Thus far I am very happy with the car - a completely new driving experience. I am really enjoying it. I run a grid tied/ hybrid solar system (SMA Sunnyboy + Sunny Island) toget
  4. I use these covers. Essentially they are piping sawn in half. They fit standard EV tubes and work well. https://www.sustainable.co.za/geyserwise-evacuated-tube-cover-set-of-4.html
  5. I had my system installed by NorthFace Solar. They did a good job. Probably on the pricier side as they have recently moved towards using SMA a lot
  6. I have a similar setup, albeit with only one SunnyBoy and smaller battery capacity. What you want can definitely work - I am basically setup for maximal self consumption, i.e. available solar power will first power loads, then charge batteries. Batteries will supplement solar power if necessary. I revert back to grid once my batteries are down to 30%. My system was configured by the installer. I have looked inside the system settings and am glad I did not have to try and decide what settings to utilise. If you want I can send you the contact details of the engineer that designed the
  7. Hi Stefan Just a quick question: have you had Cape Town sign off and approve on the Sunny Boy + Sunny Island + IBC Backup Box combo? Thanks
  8. Thanks so much! That is very useful information and a very reasonable price. As you say Oranjezicht is just next door to Vredehoek and they will understand the Cape Town wind!
  9. Hi This is my first post in this forum, but I have been following many threads over the last few weeks and have learnt a lot. I am currently still planning my solar setup, but have made good progress. Load reduction -Changed swimming pool pump to a variable speed drive pump that uses approximately a third of energy -Had EVT solar geyser installed (works great!) -Planning to switch lights to LED I am based in Cape Town so will go the whole hog for a formal and correct approval of GTI (Goodwe Hybrid and Pylontech batteries) My question I am
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