solar home -EEVblog #484 – Home Solar Power System Installation

January 4, 2014 – 9:21 pm

** Installation and initial testing of home solar power system Dave 3kW. With Sunnyboy SMA inverters, solar panels mono 250W LG-X, and net metering. Live data is … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 25 Responses to “solar home -EEVblog #484 – Home Solar Power System Installation”

  2. thanks mate, nice system! good details in your video 

    By icurnet on Jan 4, 2014

  3. 04:58 I’m curious: does Australia not use modular fuse panels? All the
    circuit breakers look like they’re mounted by drilling into the backing
    plate. Does that mean you have to drill holes in the backing plate if you
    want to add a new circuit?

    In the US, we have bus bars into which you plug the circuit breakers*, and
    I guess I just figured they were common everywhere.

    *There are many different types because the manufacturers didn’t agree on
    the best form factor until recently, which makes finding the right breaker
    a bit of a pain, but that’s a different story.

    By ReadTheShrill on Jan 4, 2014

  4. I would suggest taking that extra power your panels are creating and pipe
    it into a battery bank that would also power a hydro cell that would
    produce hydrogen gas for your gas water heater. But I would suggest you
    have a valve to switch back to the natural gas when you don’t have the
    extra power to donate to the cell or upgrading the cell.

    By Valueless Dollar on Jan 4, 2014

  5. Appears as documented a rather well done installation. As panels get hot,
    and work more efficiently when cooler, you might consider a hydronic loop
    which will cool panels and pre-heat (or heat) your domestic water. Why
    waste that heat, mate! 

    By k1mgy on Jan 4, 2014

  6. Here’s my question. Your electric bill the month before and the month
    after the panels were installed?

    By the way, I have a tiny system with 3 15W panels and a 200Ahr deep cycle
    battery. I use a 12V CFL camping light for reading, run my ham radios,
    and charge my cell phone/tablet off the system. It was very handy when a
    winter storm knocked out power for 4 days once.

    By Kevin Loughin on Jan 5, 2014

  7. Commercial Solar Panels are too Expensive !! If you want a Good solution to
    Power your Home, You have to Learn to Build your Own Solar Panels Go to
    Google and search for: “Top DIY Solar Panels Research” Choose the First
    Result (Skip the advertisement on top) It is a Blog that Explains it in

    By De Cook on Jan 5, 2014

  8. I have a 12v – 0.5Amp solar panel but i need 4.2v – 1Amp to carge may
    battery . Is there any way to meet the requirement using this panel? Is any
    any converter that can do the work?

    By shahbaz sarik on Jan 5, 2014

  9. A summer day in Canada is like a winter day here in Georgia

    By Dang4328 on Jan 5, 2014

  10. It is not worth it. I built 4 and It was a mistake. At least in USA solar
    panels are cheap. It cost me almost $400 to build one and I can buy one now
    with $250.

    By mlg779 on Jan 5, 2014

  11. how much watts do the solar panels output on a regular basics like in the
    spring,summer,winter,and fall?Like medium and average.Is it worth the
    investment, and what is the lifetime of the panels. My electrical bill goes
    from 80-300 depending on the weather in Chicago,IL in the USA. So I a,mm
    considering solar power, wind energy, or both

    By Sitis4Ever on Jan 5, 2014

  12. Chris was rocking a can of V, love that stuff

    By C:ampbell on Jan 5, 2014

  13. I thought prices dropped 70% from last year? What is the real deal?

    By joebonsaipoland on Jan 5, 2014

  14. #solar #solarpower

    By Elandriel Ethoa on Jan 5, 2014

  15. Hm, I heard of some tricks to disable those mechanic meters, yes ;)
    Interesting to hear all these different types of infrastructures btw!

    By firoxlion on Jan 5, 2014

  16. I think a fairly large portion goes to the distributor to pay for
    infrastructure. The generator is probably making only 6 cents out of that
    26 cents for feed in.

    By Macka007 on Jan 5, 2014

  17. I love it. I wish we had more of this here in the USA.

    By lunhil12 on Jan 5, 2014

  18. June….middle of winter Dave says… coinsidently here in holland we have
    almost the same temperature ! :D …… only thing is….here is almost in
    the middle of summer…. ffs…

    By Ellinon Enosis on Jan 5, 2014

  19. South Korea, obviously hahaha!

    By Casey Gross on Jan 5, 2014

  20. Just wondering does the electric company pay you way more than they charge
    for electricity because if they do (as they do here) they either have to
    charge other people more for power or the government has to waste tax
    dollars on subsidizing it.

    By matt daley on Jan 5, 2014

  21. Check my other channel

    By EEVblog on Jan 5, 2014

  22. German :D

    By maxekinge - Max H. on Jan 5, 2014

  23. It can – but the payback looks very different. Under the old system you’d
    want loads of excess production, now you aim to match your usage. A mate
    has a 5kW system on old tariff with ~3 year payback. Under the new tariffs
    I’d be looking at more like a decade. I will probably be selling or renting
    this house before then, so it isn’t looking super attractive (assuming the
    grid power doesn’t double in cost again).

    By Chris Bourne on Jan 5, 2014

  24. I’d like to do this but a combo of wind and solar would be better where I
    live, it’s cloudy half the year here. A fellow on my block has Solar/Wind
    power and he doesn’t pay an electric bill he gets money from the power
    company :D

    By Rex Holes on Jan 5, 2014

  25. Well done andrew, I’ve been plugging this free energy source for a while
    now, but at last I’ve found someone with a working model :)
    ABOUTSOLARCELLS.COMXA.COM I’m looking forward to your progress reports.

    By dimaggio david on Jan 5, 2014

  26. Impact driver

    By Alan Wood on Jan 5, 2014

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