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Thank you for the great forum, Safe Driving over the weekend. Sincerely Jason


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  1. So I’d hate to abandon my solar journey with a once-off intro and then never post again. Perhaps I went overboard with this intro thread and it should be moved to another section? @Energy Also @Energy please can you correct the “Vicron” typo in my thread topic? After the above is decided, I’ve got a very random “solar dishwasher” update.
  2. Bump... I’d go on a limb and say that Tappitalk would open up the forums to many more members. For those of us that live in the WWW (already recognising the other web warriors right in this thread), there isn’t a better interface on planet earth. To add weight to what @plonkster said, kudos to @Energy because this is the finest forum implementation I’ve seen without Tappitalk. Very smoov.
  3. @VisN thanks for that, I will certainly keep it in mind.
  4. P.S. Since this is my intro thread, some minor OT - your DB @Mstott reminds me of my own in my previous place. Very much missed now as I have exactly what I replaced before!!
  5. @calypso I’ve seen your thread mentioning this topic. Going Big Bang off-grid isn’t an option, maybe down the line...I’m guessing this is the approach of the majority. @Mstott your install thread is what got me to join up. Absolutely epic! I’ll be keenly following your updates. I’ll look-up your Fronius reference - thanks My summer daily usage hovers around 17kWh while in winter it peaks at 35kWh . In winter, oil fin heaters are to blame for sure. I realise that going solar can be an education and some change may be needed.
  6. 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!
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