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phil.g00 last won the day on September 21 2020

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  1. Municipality authorities won't know what is out there or what meters do what. So they'll read forums like this one to find out. Be careful what you post, you may be very lucky, don't advertise it. Get a 500W elcheapo chinese grid-tie inverter hook it up to single pane that you lean on your fence next the meter box. Trip your feed in breaker and watch the disc. If you are lucky keep shtum and don't tell the neighbours and switch off your inverter well before the meter reading dates.
  2. This is the COCT bylaw. I am not a lawyer but it seems that if they supply you with a service they can get access to inspect that service. It also say they can seek information from you. I do not see this as a blanket right to invade your right to privacy, but limited to the provision of their service. However, my non-legal opinion after reading this is: It would be a stretch to interpret this bylaw to mean that COCT authorities can demand off-grid registration legally. Sure they can inspect their connection to ensure it's off-grid and they could ask you if you are connected to the grid. After that though, the details are not their business, no more than they could compel you to register if you were HIV+. It is a private matter that does not affect them. In fact, I would argue that is illegal under some or other information/privacy act for authorities to compile a database of people for things that have nothing to do with them. Electricity Supply By-law.pdf
  3. Thank you for the data. I am not sure about this conclusion. In the light of this: but this does seem to be an issue: Please can you justify your conclusions.
  4. Sorry, I'll have pass on this. This info will be needed by other people interested anyway.
  5. Thank you, that tallies with what I have already. I'll have to have a think.
  6. That's the Version of VRM or something it'll be the first 4 digits of the number on the chip inside either 2654 or 2655. All your units will be the same FW, they have to be to be in the same system. Look at the inverter product Id in the device list tab in VRM.
  7. May I ask the FW version and where you are based?
  8. If you can show you have enquired and shown the diligence of a reasonable man and you still can't find out, there isn't, even if there is.
  9. If you feel intimidated, go ahead and comply. I am just saying my stance would be, unless it's a law, they can huff'n puff and then go swivel.
  10. Nearly 30 years ago, there was a big hype about registering boreholes, fire and brimstone and imminent woe if you didn't. I was about to have mine dug at the time, so I phoned in. Without getting my name, I was told that I may be expected to provide water for any surrounding rural community. I said fine, what were they willing to subsidize my costs, they said not a cent. We left it at that. I didn't register, and nothing happened, I am not sure anything would have happened if I had. But I'd as soon as not be on a database somewhere. I think the same principle applies.
  11. @gooseberry I understand your logic. Batteries won't save you money the costs are not on your side. So that leaves a grid-tie inverter. Legalities aside, some practical economic considerations: If your array is uniform all your power will be delivered in about one 4-5 hour mountain sometime during the day. If your tenant is at work no-one will use it and your inverter will throttle. (No sales) If your tenant is home and doesn't need it at the time you produce it your inverter will throttle. (Minimal sales) When a user uses his/her own solar he/she has an incentive to schedule his/her loads to match production to save money. What incentive does a tenant have for scheduling their usage to make you money?
  12. Equalization voltage are a higher voltage that cause the plates to bubble, and gas (water vapour) is lost, but it is easily replaced in a non-sealed battery. The reason it done reverse acid stratification, it is a "shake up" of the electrolyte to remix it so there is an equal acid concentration throughout. The bubbles on the liquid lead acid plates easily float to the top, if they remained on the plate they would make the plate effectively smaller by reducing electrolyte contact area, but they are un-hindered by the non-viscous acid. this action stirs up the thin electrolyte. To a lesser degree if bubbles remain in suspension they would also make the battery less effective. Yes. a byproduct of this process is the battery bank is top-balanced, but batteries can be balanced numerous ways without doing this. So, noting the the limitations of a sealed battery vs an unsealed battery. Let us consider a full jar of water (the liquid Acid mimic) and a full jar of honey (the Gel mimic). As gently possible put a drop of food colouring on the surface of both jars and fit the lids. The food colouring mimics a high concentration of acid that must be mixed throughout the liquid. Now shake both jars (the equalisation process) until the food colouring is mixed at an equal density throughout the water and the honey. During this mixing process it will become clear to you how the viscosity of the electrolyte plays a role.
  13. The right direction is not to ask why we don't equalize gel batteries, but why we do equalize liquid electrolytic lead plate batteries (i.e standard lead acids). Then you'll see why it is applicable (even harmful) to gel batteries.
  14. Balancing and equalization are not strictly the same thing and not really done for the same reasons. The short answer: All batteries types can be balanced, but not all equalized. Don't equalize gel batteries. For the long answer: Spend a while reading up on things.
  15. I've seen recommendations of 6 inches minimum (Type L copper) vertical loop height within the first horizontally 6 inches of the cold water inlet and hot water outlet.
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