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Hi Guys

I've been wanting to install an inverter system since late last year but I'm really struggling to get an installer, I understand that its because of high demand at the moment because of load shedding but man its near impossible to get someone out or to honor appointments, I got hold of an installer recently that I thought was reputable the guy setup an appointment with me never pitched and then ignored my messages asking if he was coming out.

Is it perhaps a better option to buy the stuff, install it and then just get an electrician to wire into DB board?

My daily usage is around 30kwh but this includes 2 geysers and pool pump which wont be installed on the system and I'll have the plugs that power kettles / toasters etc.. disabled during load shedding through my automation system so I think a 5kw inverter with around 3-4 Plyontech batteries will do the trick, I'd like to add panels at a later stage as well.

Hopefully someone can help :) 

 

 

 

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On 2020/02/11 at 11:03 AM, pauljatho said:

Hi Guys

I've been wanting to install an inverter system since late last year but I'm really struggling to get an installer, I understand that its because of high demand at the moment because of load shedding but man its near impossible to get someone out or to honor appointments, I got hold of an installer recently that I thought was reputable the guy setup an appointment with me never pitched and then ignored my messages asking if he was coming out.

Is it perhaps a better option to buy the stuff, install it and then just get an electrician to wire into DB board?

My daily usage is around 30kwh but this includes 2 geysers and pool pump which wont be installed on the system and I'll have the plugs that power kettles / toasters etc.. disabled during load shedding through my automation system so I think a 5kw inverter with around 3-4 Plyontech batteries will do the trick, I'd like to add panels at a later stage as well.

Hopefully someone can help :) 

 

 

 

Hi Paul

 

I am also looking for an installer - could you perhaps recommend someone ?

 

I am in Bellville (Northern Suburbs)

 

Thank you

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On 2020/03/13 at 3:03 PM, DennisD said:

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Hi Paul

 

I am also looking for an installer - could you perhaps recommend someone ?

 

I am in Bellville (Northern Suburbs)

 

Thank you

Sorry Denis I never received notification of this post will have to check my notification settings but nope I haven't managed to find an installer yet that is able and prepared to do the installation all of the inverter guys have business coming out of their eyeballs so its hard to get an installer that is prepared to do the work unless you're buying all the hardware from them and paying a deposit upwards of R60K which I'm not prepared to do.

I am most likely going to purchase the hardware, get most of the installation done myself and get an electrician to wire into my DB bard.

 

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Your problem is not how busy they are, but that you are in the Western Cape. 
 

At the risk of gross generalisation and offending the handful of great Western Cape service providers (no matter the industry) I have never struggled so much doing anything at my house since moving the the fair cape. 
 

Not to mention the rates. 

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Inverter to automatically switch from shore power (when available) to inverter power.

Wire your converter to the shore power side of the transfer switch to ensure the inverter is not being used to charge the RV batteries.

  • Install the inverter near the batteries (<10’ away)
  • Wire the TS-30 to shore power, inverter and RV load center
  • Converter or battery chargers are wired to the TS-30 shore input to prevent extra battery drain when the inverter is being used

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Posted (edited)

I have just had my Victron inverter and pylontech batteries (all purchased myself) installed and commissioned by a really good electrician in Cape Town (I'm in Edgemead). 

My system included a 3kVA inverter and 2 x 2.4kWh pylontech batteries. The installation included a separate "essential" DB, changoever switch in my existing DB, a separate inverter DB, and re-routing of essential circuits to my new essential DB. 

If anyone is looking for the name and number of the electrician I used, feel free to let me know and I'll pass the details on. 

The setup of the Victron inverter through the Venus GX module was done by one of the forum members (TTT). Thanks Jaco 🙂

Edited by JamieD

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