4 Solar panels and salespeople that want sales
July 3, 2014 8:14 AM Subscribe
So I find myself with 4 185 W Solar panels AND 4 enphase M190 Micro inverters (that onboard connect to each panel). The system from what I can tell is "made" for a grid connected solar system. Which is great but NOT what I want/need (Also I am too far from a station to qualify for microfit in Ontario).
posted by mrgroweler to Technology (5 answers total)
SO, I have been trying to make a solar island/charge station to at least provide a partial off-grid solution.
Problem: Solar energy businesses seem to be the "new" tin-men and I am sick of "we will come give you a quote" which always ends up being $10K plus and is really just their own system installed with my four panels added on as an after thought. THEN doing research really just leads to either lists of equipment or really high level stuff like Solar->Charge Control->battery->inverter->save so not really helpful!
I am handy enough and know enough to do it myself. Except some very simple "WHAT do I need equipment wise to make this come together.
As stated I want to make a sort of island station in our house to run whatever we can from the station so it is not a "help me replace hydro" question.
1) In the non-grid tied world, CAN I use these micro inverters? if not so be it I can always e-bay them. If I can how would it look? I can see doing Panel->Micro Inverters->Battery charger->battery->INVERTER!->Power... but um that seems stupid(or tell me different?)
2) Regardless; How many batteries should I get?
3) Inverter and charger recommendations?
Other info that might help in my quest:
I would like to add panels in time at least up to 8.
I can literally disconnect my house from the grid and plug in using a 240 North American plug to power my whole house and have had to with our back up genny this intrigues me.
I have LOTS of places to put the panels and would even one day like to add a tracker