photovoltaic solar panels -Photovoltaic solar panel installation (in HD)

July 6, 2012 – 3:24 am

** During the week of June 21, 2010, I had a solar PV system installed at my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The installation took place over two days, with the panels installed on the first day and the electrical connections completed the second day. The system consists of 18 235-watt panels, and each panel has a dedicated inverter, installed under the solar panel. As you can see, the crews were fast, clean and professional. I shot this with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 digital camera and edited using Corel VideoStudio Pro X2. Edit: The new digital electricity meter was installed July 14, 2010, so this system is now energy production and supply network. For more information about me and what I do, check out my website at Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 25 Responses to “photovoltaic solar panels -Photovoltaic solar panel installation (in HD)”

  2. We cut down some of the trees causing the shading, so production is a little better. We may take down still more, but some of the offending trees are on my neighbor’s property. We do pretty good with the SRECs — I just checked and we get $800 per year. The company that services the SRECs offered to buy our SRECs out for 10 years with a lump-sum payment of $4230… we turned that down. Between power savings, property value increase and SRECs, we’re doing very well.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  3. Federal is 30%. Just wish that you had less shading up there to make the system produce more. Our PA rebate used to require proof that not too much shading was in place so that their rebate paid for good production levels. The Enphases will help with the shading, though. Did the integrators sell you on the big money you would make with SRECs? I’m going to go with a DIY system because I just feel that SRECs won’t pay much and need to offset that with skipping out on the full integrator costs

    By jmcvickeryt on Jul 6, 2012

  4. it’s best to make your ground wire look ugly,lightning loves a straight path

    By indman101 on Jul 6, 2012

  5. Thanks for the reply and the info

    By rockhot2221 on Jul 6, 2012

  6. Keep in mind that we did this 2 years ago… I don’t know if Virginia still has the renewable energy program that it had when we did our system. It was a cash payment to us of about 17% of the system’s cost. The federal government was a 35% tax credit.

    The energy payments we receive are from renewable energy credits that the power companies get my distributing renewable energy. It’s too complicated to explain here, but it’s real money.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  7. Nice video, I live in southwest Virginia and I am looking at putting in a 5.7 k system and I learned a lot reading the comments and your video. You said that you get about $1500 per year in energy payments and the government (federal and state) will reimburse about 52 percent of the total cost. Can you explain energy payments and what the state will reimburse.

    By rockhot2221 on Jul 6, 2012

  8. Thanks!

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  9. great vid !!!

    By jacktherripper989 on Jul 6, 2012

  10. Yes, I confirmed they all had the proper work documents.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  11. code violators! did your workers were legal to work in the U.S.A ?

    By cesia martinez on Jul 6, 2012

  12. Apparently it looks like the solar breaker is in a secondary load center or panelboard. If that is the case, then according to 2008 NEC, section 690.64(B)(1) the back-fed breaker needs to be fastened down with appropriate item listed for that panelboard or load center.

    By ibew569 on Jul 6, 2012

  13. This installation was inspected and approved by the local electrical inspector. And keep in mind that it was installed in June 2010 – subsequent changes in the code do not apply. That said, I have no idea what the code violation is. I’d guess that they shouldn’t be tying up cables with nylon cable ties.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  14. There is a code violation with the solar breaker.  Can you guess what it is?

    By ibew569 on Jul 6, 2012

  15. your welcome. great video. 

    By shanestromain on Jul 6, 2012

  16. Thanks for the nice comment! Not sure why you are no longer interested in doing solar panel installations, but I hope you can do something that you find satisfying.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  17. Thanks for the video! Was about to apply as a solar panel installer but after watching your extremely well documented installation I have decided to skip it.

    By shanestromain on Jul 6, 2012

  18. Thank you for the very kind comment! I have not made any follow-up videos about the system, mostly because the system has required no attention – it has generated power nicely for nearly 2 years. If I did make a follow-up video, what would you like to see in it? I honestly can’t think of much to show.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  19. One of the best residental PV installation videos I have found on Youtube the past few years.
    Thank you so much for sharing. Makes it easier to understand what to expect and demand.
    Hope you can provide enphase enlighten videos and more post-installation videos.

    By Weswada on Jul 6, 2012

  20. Thanks!

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  21. awesome video.. Great Editing.. THANKS for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By houstonecholo on Jul 6, 2012

  22. If you read the comments below, we got the 235-Watt panels because they were available and the primary panels (230-Watt) were not. I don’t know if Sharp had 240-Watt panels at the time (summer 2010), but availability was key.

    Every Watt helps, but the difference is pretty negligible.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  23. I don’t have an exact number, but it’s around $750-900 per year.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

  24. So how much have you saved in your electric bill doing this?

    By ebayisajoke on Jul 6, 2012

  25. 1 dislikes = oil company…

    By Qiyonkz on Jul 6, 2012

  26. Sorry, I don’t know what brand of hardware was used. It was all supplied by the installation company and it was not discussed with me.

    By pvreditor on Jul 6, 2012

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