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Getting A Little Turned On - Pv System Install

Posted by slidersx200 , 24 February 2016 · 1,029 views

As a crisp, frosty winter's morning gave way to a sunny, if somewhat nippy afternoon, today saw a single day's labours produce an electrifying result - literally!

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At the start of the day the only part of our PV system in place was a duct made from an old downpipe I installed for cabling before the garage was plasterboarded. By 5.30pm we flicked the switch and the setting evening sun managed to squeeze a few Watts through the inverter.

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Our new addition consists of 14 x 285W Sharp panels and a Fronius inverter.

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These are the latest panels available from Sharp and their on paper performance was the best of all those I researched.

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The supplied inverter has a WiFi output for data logging and remote monitoring and a 10 year warranty.

A second meter was installed to record export, even though the original supplied by NIE appeared to be capable on its own.

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Special brackets allow the panels to be fitted directly to the corrugated tin roof without rails for a relatively neat and low appearance for an on-roof installation.

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Once our hot water cylinder is commissioned Sun Renewables will return to install the wireless i-boost immersion controller.

The total system cost was £4860 including installation (no vat) and hopefully a few more cool, but sunny days will help to kick-start the payback period.



Happy days, exactly the same set up as myself with sun renewables
When they were out doing mine one of their guys fell through our garage roof, apart from that all went well !

Any idea how to keep track of keep track of what is generated? I never got round to reading the manual ..
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slidersx200
24 Feb 2016 10:23 PM
Haven't been through the manual myself yet either, but I think the second button from the left below the inverter display panel cycles through some different data recordings.
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Had David out a few weeks ago.

Think i'm going to go with them.

Going to try the in-roof system as our garage wouldn't suit
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The inverter has a USB port underneath that you can download onto all the data it holds.
Yesterday I had 15kw generated which is near as much as I had on a single day from October.
Found David the best of all the guys I talked to and I had nearly them all out.
Pretty much the same setup as mine Michael with 14 panels, mine where sharp 280w though. I will have mine in a year in April so will be good to see the exact amount I generated verus the amount they reckoned. Sitting at 3036kw today with just under 2 months to go.
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It's a very neat fixing / mounting solution. Are the installers supplying your i-boost as part of the price?
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slidersx200
25 Feb 2016 11:12 PM

stones, on 25 February 2016 - 10:42 PM, said:

It's a very neat fixing / mounting solution. Are the installers supplying your i-boost as part of the price?

Yes, i-boost or an alternative I cannot remember the name of, depending on the strength of wireless connection needed.
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