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  1. I have the Goodwe ES. Where it differs from the EM is (5kW versions) - firstly the backup ability 4.6kw vs 2.3kw. So if you are on backup (i.e. no Eskom) then those loads you described will trip the Inverter not the batteries. - secondly, look in you manual the Max Aparant Power From Grid. How I understand this is that this is the power it can “pass through” to your backup loads when the grid is present. For the EM this is 5.3kVA vs 9.2kVA on the ES. So even when Eskom is on, the loads you decribe can trip the Inverter potentially if some other things are on. other thi
  2. There is a reason why Utility Companies, like Eskom, start out tax payer funded, large and public. (A pity some stay taxpayer funded). It is because they have to be big, and at first, charging only per unit will make it unaffordable, hence the need for tax or debt funds. Problem is with HOAs, that upfront unfairness will be to much to overcome 99% of the time. Never mind the actual complexity of running, maintaining and administering of such a scheme.
  3. Sad thing was that my neighbour’s system MSW inverter power trolly was set up like this. To charge - take plug A (AC feed into inverter) and plug in wall socket labelled “inverter” (in garage). Then, when Load shedding start, unplug plug A take plug B (AC feed from inverter) and plug into same socket. The socket is on its own CB in the DB labelled inverter. My neighbour said the installer gave some other instructions about turning things on and off but he can’t remember. The installer - the a registered sparkie according to my neighbour.
  4. 2 things...... clearly many many many things. Thanks, luckily my neighbour listen to me with my 2 reasons. I will now share the others with him as well. Back to the topic. This type of possible behaviour is why I will definitely not get involved as an HOA. Supplying electricity is not the job of an HOA, and I think @plonkster’s use of the word “die” and “electrocuted” should make that clear.
  5. My understanding: you take a lead with a 3 pin plug on both ends. One end you plug into your alternative source (like a generator or ups), the other you plug into any other plug in your house. You so power all your circuits with this suicide leade (you can turn of the CB of that house plug to limit it somewhat). so 2 things can happen. 1 the lead itself is to thin an can can catch fire. Your DB was desinged on a 60amp supply for example, and that is not a 2.5mm2 house lead 2 Eskom comes back on and sparks can literally fly and those sparks can be your communal i
  6. Here is some problems. Firstly you said “some owners” are gatvol. Guarantee this will bring your first problem. Whilst everyone is gatvol, these communal systems seem like a great idea. Like you said, scale etc. But then, loadshedding subsides for a while. Some owners are landlords and want to keep their investment incheck. Other sell after only a year of getting value. Or some start realising that they use power sparingly, whilst your neighbours don’t and you start wondering why did you pay the same. And before you know it you have issues at every AGM. Been there done that. 2 -
  7. I know, thought the irony was subtle but evident
  8. A lot of people will argue ROI back and forth, including this, exclusing that. For me it was simple. (Below based on my load profile, including opportunity costs of 10% (I am an accountant and can’t ignore that, and 7% Eskom increases) Option 1: Backup Only > No Payback With load shedding a reality, the battery and basic inverter charger that matches your real critical load (eg. TV, Lights, Wifi) is for security and comfort - 2kW Inverter with 2.4kW Pylon. As you charge with Eskom, this can never have payback (unless you have time of use tariffs and can do load shifting like som
  9. Hi All Looking at installing a simple 3kW inverter/2.4kW battery UPS system. My DB has LOTS of room. Now the question. Can I install the necessary switchgear in the main DB. It will be (all AC) - CB for feed to Inverter - Changeover switch - CB for feed from Inverter - Earth Leakage (RCD) with the - CBs for the selected circuits I want on Backup (lights and plugs) (reuse current CBs just connected to new RCD) - Required Pilot Lights. The DC stuff (battery cables and fuse box) will be separate. Will this be allowed if adequ
  10. They also didn’t know. But I got the Conlog guy and the Municipality guy to talk to one another. A light went on for the electricity department (because he personally was scratching his head because of 3 tripping case complaints he was dealing with) as he got his answer for the tripping and a way to check to see who applied or not
  11. Didn’t read through all the technical replies. But I spoke to the technical people at Conlog (the pre-paid meter supplier for S’Bosch). Whilst the tripping of the meter is due to the various anti tampering measures in the meter, this specific issue is easily disabled by a meter specific code generated by Conlog. They need a written request and authorisation from the Municipality. Which is now treating this as a practical double check to check if you got your solar installation approved. No approval no code. Funny thing is that the reputable solar installers did not know the cause of th
  12. I have one of these https://www.enerflow.co.za 6 years. No problems. Set and forget and from my research at the time, most efficient
  13. This is what I am going to do then. Scenario 1 per my Opening Question. Thanks @plonkster Any chance you can takena stab at my other question regarding the Surge Protection Device wiring?
  14. Hi All, When adding indicator lights (see Hager CVN series link below) to your Distribution Board what is best practice? Do you 1 - Wire the Lights to indicate that power is present. I.E. 1 Light will be on for Eksom (and goes of when load shedding) 1 Light will be on for Inverter (and goes of when Inverter is switched off) Thus lights are on/off irrespective of which source you selected per your change over switch OR 2 - Wire the Lights to indicate which source you currently use per your change over switch selection Thanks for your advice Dan
  15. Hi All, I would like to add a Surge Protection Device (SPD) to my Sub DB. My main focus is to protect my Inverter from surges from the Main Feed, but if possible have protection the other way too. My Main DB already has a SPD Type II wired in parallel. So I would like to add a Type II device in the sub DB to where the interface between Mains and Inverter happens. I have attached a diagram illustrating my thinking. But comments and directions will be appreciated. PS. When I add Solar PV, that DB will also have a SPD rated for DC to deal with surges from the panels. B
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