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  2. Greetings all I'm a long time lurker making my 1st post. I'm putting together a solution for my pons of a brother & I'd really appreciate your input. His short term goal is to reduce the monthly bill from Eskom. In the long term they'll progress to hybrid inverters with some lithium base storage. His initial budget to get going is R60,000 all in. I think a grid-tie based system is the way to go given the limited funds. Note there is partial shading on the North facing section of the roof at certain times of day. This is due to a large tree located above the property & is somewhat unavoidable. As he's an architect & has rendered the shading throughout the day to see the effects. I'll post a video of it over the weekend for your interest. I guess we can use both strings on the inverter & split the panels to reduce the negative effects. Basic facts: Average daily usage: 38kWh Single-phase (though he's married) 3 Bedroom home 1 External office 3 Air conditioners 1 Pool Electric Geyser Gas stove Electric oven A wife that works from home Two power hungry teenagers Old-school disc meter (not pre-paid) I made contact with Current Automation DBN & I was quoted the following: 1x Ingecon Sun 1 play 6 TL M (Inverter) 10x 330W Deserv (PV Panels) Roof mounting hardware DC cabling to PV panels Cisgender Male/Female MC4 connectors As far as I can tell we'd still need: DC Isolation Switch (though the inverter may have an integrated one) AC Isolation Switch (in addition to the CB on the main DB) 35/40Amp Circuit Breaker (in the main DB for the inverter "input") Earthing/surge protection (must be needed for DBNs climate) Optional WiFi dongle (a nice to have for monitoring) Obviously we'd get a qualified electrician to complete the important work. Where possible we plan to source the hardware at reasonable prices & install ourselves. Any thoughts on the Ingeteam brand (inverter)? As far as I can recall Italians aren't the best with wiring & electronics. Would a Solis 5kW inverter be a better choice? Who are good hardware distributors of solar equipment in Durban?


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