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  1. Any opinions regarding the South African brand called QwikSwitch? https://qwikswitch.co.za/ https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1883/0535/files/QwikSwitch_Residential_Catalogue_2019.pdf?403 https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1883/0535/files/QwikSwitch_Industrial_Catalogue_2019.pdf?400
  2. I'm switching to Home Assistant. Both are very good. I originally chose OpenHAB only because its Java based, and I'm a java developer. But Home Assistant is much more active, and I like the interface more. SO I guess I will just have to "Phyton" now. I'm looking into using QuickSwitch, as Z-wave is so pricey in SA and Zigbee and the others I have to fiddle to much. There's a binding (add-on) for QS and HA. Just ordered a Pi4 4GB, and a Pi4 SSD HAT for the HA install (At last Pi4 can now boot from SSD)
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    Day 1. Installed most of the hardware against the wall in the spare bedroom. (the little fu**** also show here, decided he want to pee against the boxes, so I had to get it out of his way)
  4. One thing I would do different, but saw it to late, is to move the east array a bit lower down the roof. When I stand in the street (west of property), I can see the edge of the top aluminium rail on the roof. If it was 300mm lower, you won't know the property use solar, as even the panels would not have been visible. Still waiting for the Wifi Dongle to see how my panels is performing. The main display on the Sunsyk does not show it. For example: Solar: 0.5kW Load: 0.48kW.... Grid: 0 But that solar is not what I'm generating.. because The moment I add load (milk in
  5. Yip. And in addition to wires to short when side to side is that the trunking is also full on the old db, and that would have resulted in additional surface trunking.... Its not that in itself the surface trucking is the problem, but the total picture... narrow passage, old flash mount board (which I now and before hide with a framed painting over it, then a surface db next to it, and trunking going to ceiling, and cutout through cornish.... the final result = ugly. The back to back was real easy. Its a single brick wall, so in less than a minute, we where through. Somebody on the exist s
  6. Any South Africa OpenHAB users out there?
  7. It will be nice. Here are some other things we have to appreciate: Even though on an affordability index which make solar out of reach for many, we in South Africa have very affordable solar prices. Compare the price to the US and we have 3 times lower prices. So even in the US, where they get a rebate, our prices is still lower. The rebate thing in US is also changing quickly and differ from state to state. It would have been nice if certain sustainability things where VAT exempted. (solar systems and components, greywater systems, rainhar
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    Full cloud cover Getting between 0.5kW and 0.9kW through full cloud cover. I still wait for the Wifi Dongle, and will only then have some stats.
  9. Take note: This is a East and West install. I have no north facing areas. I left space for two more panels on each array in case I want to take both strings from 7 each to 9 each (maybe 8, voltage??) Then I have another east roof that can maybe take another string later. My battery frame is just a quick 25mm square tube aluminum frame, put together in 60 min, with connect-it connectors. I allowed for a second battery on top, and also a flat orientation against the wall. I will in my own time make a nice cover (with enough ventilation) so that it looks more rounde
  10. This is my install done by Suidsee Electrical & Solar. The attached pictures was taken over the 5 days of the install, so this is not the final picture. Those pictures I will take after I did some rounding off work (paint, cover for battery, etc) Take note, the installation is mostly done by the owner of Suidsee himself, which you can hand your house keys to and go on holiday. Here we go:
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    Day n+1: The 5th day. Will upload tomorrow when sun is shining. The uploaded pictures was taken mid day after the structures were tied down to roof and while getting all the panels onto the roof. The rest of the day was then spend connecting the panels to the structure and wiring in the 2 strings. At 17:30 we went live with solar. No sun, heavy overcast, but we did get a little bit from the panels (0.9kW).... all excited to see what happens tomorrow. Hope it's a sunny day.
  12. I agree with Calypso. HA is free and is very much meant for DIY and open source projects. OpenHab is an Home Assistant alternative, and is also open source, free and for DIY. Maybe its a deeper dive because now you have control over another layer (the automation software) and if a Raspberry Pi and some Linux style command line stuff is added to the setup, then for sure it is more "involved". But its still DIY route. If I look at the amount of devices Peter is adding, he is not afraid of "Diving in". So Peter, on the long run and having the ultimate control over you home automation, maybe
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    Day 3 of install: Day 3 - Pic 1: The old db in the passage is full. So is the conduits going to the roof space. There is one rule in my house, after renovations over 2 years, that never ever grinding walls, EVER! So from 1st option to just add the surface mount db next to the old one.... and, ah, no... surface conduits to the ceiling, we decide to put the new db back to back to the old one, in the opposite room. So we drill through to the other side, and add the new db. To cater for the wires we decide on a square duct, that goes all the what to the roof area, straight into a surf
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    Day 2 was consumed by crawling in the roof space getting all the conduits in. Attached is a picture of the conduits coming out of the roof, down the outside wall into junction boxes and then through the wall into the room where the other equipment is installed.
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