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Solar Panel Home Projects

Yeah hello everyone and welcome to this series we’re going to talk about how to power your home or house from solar power now first of all i have to say thanks very much to xodar who are sponsoring this series as you have known if you followed any other of my tutorials David of X earlier and his company kindly donated all his time to install.

Solar power of my house and what i like about xlr and and the companies that for one that have a great choice and variety in terms of products and brands David himself like me enjoys tinkering and finding solutions to problems so he enjoys very much getting involved in the technology and making it work well so I certainly appreciate the input now today what I’m going to do this whole series is going to cover off from deciding whether you want an onboard.

System and offgrid system the types of solar panels where to have a charge controller or a grid tie inverter or micro inverters battery bank the solar panels that cost involved isn’t worth that the complications of doing this in south africa vs somewhere like Europe or the states so they’re going to be quite a few few tutorials covering that off and what I ask you is that as I start these tutorials start posting your comments and questions as we go along and armor.

Training corporate there’s into the tutorials as they go along by all means if the tutorial series has been completed or something has been cut off and you slap a question post a comment and I’ll do my best to answer for you and it’s worth posting a tutorial on it I will do what we’re going to start today though it is getting understanding.

All on grid this is off grid but before I walk you through this little picture and and discuss on grid vs off grid and what the grid is and let me just show you some of the equipment so that you are familiar with what I’m talking about when I shade this diagram and then we’ll get down and explain it ok so let’s start off by looking at.

These solar panels we are going to talk about these in detail later on a narwhal might even refer you to some other tutorials that up maybe I talk about the performance of the different types of solar panels under different conditions so the one thing to note that today you can get cheaper panels from china and what have you but you want to be aware that if you do want to use your panels with high voltage systems which is something we’ll talk about you have to.

Consider the quality the build quality and how they put together and that’s something we’ll talk about in terms of the gaps with the connectors we’re also going to talk about monocrystalline this is poly crystalline and amorphous and which seemed to perform better under what conditions this is an MPPT charge controller so it’s a maximum power point tracking charge controller and this device is something our point out which is.

Especially useful in offgrid systems as it takes the power from the solar panels it converts it does a dcd to DC conversion service at the right voltage for your battery bank to charge a set of batteries this can’t supply power directly to your house and that’s why this particular unit is more unit is more useful in offgrid systems but we’ll have a look that when we come to the actual diagram itself right so here we have the grid.

Tiny House Solar Panel Install

Bryce: tiny homes are a perfect match for solar energy. B: Because they are mobile structures, B: it actually makes a lot of sense for them to not require grid connection. B: Also, the fact that they’re downsized means that their energy requirements B: can easily be met by an affordable solar solution. B: Today is a very exciting day for me.

B: the team from solar group are back B: and it’s time to get my Tiny House powered by the sun. B: G’day Roy! Roy: Hello! B: Good to see you, Mate. R: Yeah, likewise. B: I am super excited to get into the solar install today. R: Yeah, we’re excited that we’re part of this project.

B: so tell me a little bit about what’s going to happen today. B: How does this actually work? B: What’s the, kind of, process for installing solar? R: OK, the first thing you do always, please: R: you have to make sure that you have the right size roof R: and to see how many panels you can fit on the roof.

R: the more panels you can fit, the better off you’re going to be R: because you’ll be able to charge your batteries quicker R: even if it’s a cloudy day or rainy day, so after you have measured everything R: you have to make sure that you don’t do it all the way to the edges because you have to ensure R: that you have a good flow to the gutters if it’s raining because the panels, R: if you do them too long they will skip the gutter and that’s not good as well.

R: after measuring, you have to make a little plan of where you’re going to run the wires, R: then the process of the planning at that point is pretty much done. R: You know where the wires are going. You know where the panels are going. R: And then you start to actually position the rails. R: Unlike normal houses, with the Tiny House we try to make the rails more robust R: because obviously it will be subject to driving vibrations and when you drive 90 km/h (56 miles/h).

R: it’s equivalent to a 90 kilometers per hour wind. R: So instead of having a standard two rail system, we are looking at a three rail system R: and have more anchoring points to the roof R: than normal so it gives it a better agility for the panel itself and R: basically it can’t move anywhere even if you are travelling at 90 km/h, R: although even the two rail system is currently rated to 150 km per hour wind,.

R: we want to take a conservative approach. the last thing you want is to be on R: the motorway and one panel is flying off that’s going to be quite disastrous, isn’t it? B: I’m pretty happy to be avoiding that problem, yeah! B: Well I’m really excited to get stuck into it! R: Yep. B: Let’s get this house solar powered! R: It’s a good idea to select the panels that generate the maximum energy.

R: per square metre and the example that we have here is 60 cells panels R: that can generate 285 watt peak performance up to 290 watt peak performance. R: The other advantage of these panels is that they are monocrystalline panels R: so they’re a little bit more consistent in generation power R: in different temperatures, ambient temperatures. R: It’s important to plan well in advance the whole electrical system because.

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