Finally, after over a week with the system installed but the scaffolding still up, the scaffolding is removed and so this marks completion of the install. So far it is very encouraging. Typical generation is at about 500W when it is cloudy which nicely covers the house base load of 300W. When the sun is … Continue reading Solar PV – Installation Complete
Today was cloudy and wet… very cloudy! Yet it was a great day because today we commissioned our solar PV system and we are now generating our own electricity. Yesterday morning 2 guys turned up from Green Energy Solutions to install 28 SunPower P19 320Wp panels and a Solar Edge SE6000H inverter (with Modbus). This … Continue reading Solar PV Has Arrived!
Well, Western Power have OK’ed the installation of my 8.4kWp solar array and it is going ahead on the 28th. There is still some uncertainty as to what inverter I should get. I originally asked for a 6kW inverter as my system is E/W split so it is never going to get up to 8kW … Continue reading Solar PV Installation – Coming up!
We have been in our new house a month now and we are all unboxed and tidy… Yeh! Right! But we will be all sorted by Christmas I am sure! Apart from the obvious of settling in we have had a new patio paid to take the new hot tub… a retirement treat to us … Continue reading House Update
Last week we were due to have our solar PV system installed. However, two days before it was die to happen we had a call from the installer informing us that they would not be installing. We were gutted. They had expected to receive the panels from their supplier but it seems that the rush … Continue reading Solar PV Put on Hold
We have been in our current house in Saltash, Cornwall, for about 7 years and it is time for a move so over the past few months we have been searching. Our house went up for sale a couple of months ago and so started the hunt for somewhere new to base the Churchley/Buswell life! … Continue reading House Offers Accepted
Last week I visited Westmill Farm, near Swindon. It is community owned wind and solar farm, or I should say part community owned, and the largest community project of this kind in the country. This was one of their open days. They are always happy to show people around by prior arrangement but a few … Continue reading Westmill Wind and Solar Farm
If you have a solar PV system and an electric vehicle (EV) and you charge your EV during the day when the sun is shining then it is obvious that you are using solar power to charge the car. But what about if you charge at night? By charging at night you might think that … Continue reading Charging Your EV by Solar Power – AT NIGHT!
Most people will charge their electric vehicles (EVs) from the grid and as the grid is fueled mostly by fossil fuels (approx 70%) there will be emissions created at the power stations. This much is pretty much universally accepted. A figure of about 500g CO2/kWh is often quoted but this figure is not a fixed … Continue reading A "Greener" Way to Charge Your Electric Car
This is my first report and I am simply gobsmacked at the result. PVGIS says 71 kWh and we are 20+% up on that. OK, PVGIS is only an estimate but nevertheless, still a good result for my first month. System: 2.4 kWp , 7 modules 40° Slope & 3 modules 30°, Lat 53° 50′ … Continue reading Solar Generation Stats – January 2011