solar power DIY

2fpower

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Getting interested in adding solar power, now that there are 400W panels and the tarriffs are gone, and the tax credit is going back up to 30%....

Anyone have any knowledge about doing it yourself?

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jvb

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Yes, DIY is possible. Installed it at home a couple years back. The local electricity provider inspected and approved the setup for continuous grid connection so it's now basically a UPS for the entire house, pushing electricity back into the grid on sunny days. After that, added a variant to the LC100 for running a fridge/freezer, a laptop and an induction cooktop. 4x4 glamping :)

In Utah, 2 weeks ago.
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and the setup at home during installation:
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2fpower

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Yes, DIY is possible. Installed it at home a couple years back. The local electricity provider inspected and approved the setup for continuous grid connection so it's now basically a UPS for the entire house, pushing electricity back into the grid on sunny days. After that, added a variant to the LC100 for running a fridge/freezer, a laptop and an induction cooktop. 4x4 glamping :)

In Utah, 2 weeks ago.
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and the setup at home during installation:
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I need to pick your brain …. Did you go with a company to help design the system? Or did you design it yourself?
 

jvb

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Mostly victron energy components, they have tools on their site to design systems. Solar panels came from a recycle/overstock source. The home setup is for testing lithium chemistry EV batteries out of wrecked vehicles repurposing them for stationary off grid installations. There's a company very close to you in KC (Greentec) that also rebuilds them and where I have some recent batteries from. PM for schematics or more system details or maybe at a next meet we can chat.
 
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You'll need to check with evergy when I had my system installed kcpl did not allow homeowners to install their own systems when being grid tied
 

jvb

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You'll need to check with evergy when I had my system installed kcpl did not allow homeowners to install their own systems when being grid tied
Where I live it's Evergy. 4 years ago they did require a system diagram, a manual service disconnect switch at the Evergy entry point and a separate meter for the PV side. But indeed best to check what the actual requirements are.
 

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