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  • Post in thread: Inverter life expectancy.

    Installed my first solar system in 2011 - Grid Tied Schneider XW6048 w/ Midnite Solar E-Panel, roof monted 5.6kw LG panels, 2-Schneider MPPT60-150 solar charge controllers, 256ah Concorde AGM batteries, 14KW Genset backup power - absolutely no problems in all of that time! Will be adding a 4kw...
  • Post in thread: Swapping out 11 year old AGM's for Trophy Lithium batteries and adding a 3rd array to my old Schneider XW grid tied inverter.

    Eleven years ago I installed a 2 array, 5.6kw grid tied system on my home. Since my home was not ideally situated, I ended up with SE and SW roof mounted arrays. The original system was close to net zero at the time, but as the years went by, my usage increased. Looking at either a ground...
  • Post in thread: 300AH 12V LFP Battery Recommendation

    I did my research & ended up purchasing batteries from trophybattery.com. Will had done a video review a while back, and some others have commented positively on their purchases as well. I found that my 48v 220ah batteries actually came in at 230ah, as Dan (the owner) had told me. If, after...
  • Post in thread: Schneider XW pro 6k vs. Eg4 18k - need help deciding

    I have had an XW6048 for 12 years now with not a single issue. It had worked continuously, without being turned off, until a few months ago when I added another array/charge controller and swapped out the original AGM's to Trophy lithium batteries. I want reliability, and the EG4, from reading...
  • Post in thread: Help me choose new batteries

    Take a look at Trophy batteries. They have had some good reports. The owner, Dan, is very responsive and answered all my questions when I was trying to decide which lithiums to go with. I purchased two of the 48V 220ah ones back in February of this year, and they have been troublefree. Take...
  • Post in thread: Schneider XW pro 6k vs. Eg4 18k - need help deciding

    It works just fine, but in an open loop. The older XW does not support closed communication with batteries. I can't say enough good about the Schneider - no issues at all. I am also very happy with my two Trophy batteries as well. I set up the charging parameters for the SCC's with input...
  • Post in thread: Deciding between Victron, Enphase and possibly Sol-ark. Input?

    Maybe it is just me, but looking at 20 microinverters, over a 20 year span, how many will fail? I have no experience with these, but I damn sure know I would not want to get up on my roof, somehow pull out a panel located in the middle of my array, and change out the microinverter. My 12 year...
  • Post in thread: Off grid solar at my springs. Cheap Chinese equipment

    Nice, but I sure would reinforce that cross 'beam'. Gravity is relentless!
  • Post in thread: For Sale: 80 Gallon Stainless Steel Solar Hot Water Tank

    I have a like new solar water heater for sale. It is an AET Thermomiser unit complete with a built in stainless heat exchanger coil and back up 4500 watt electric element. This unit has been used for storage only - the electric element has never even been wired up, and the HX heat exchanger...
  • Post in thread: Victron

    I have two of the Victron 200ah batteries. They have performed just fine for the last several years, and the bluetooth connection has also worked perfectly everytime I have used it to check on the batteries.
  • Post in thread: Why is grounding so HArrrd!!!

    I don't think I want to be anywhere near you in a storm!
  • Post in thread: Metal vs Asphalt Roof with Solar?

    If you plan to stay in your home for a while, or pass it down to your kids, I think using a metal roof is a great decision. If your son and his buddy are up to it, have the ability, and if they use one of the residential 'snap together' standing seam roofs that are available, they could do it...
  • Post in thread: Dielectric grease with LFP anyone?

    I recently changed out my 12 year old Concorde AGM's for lithium, in my home system. The battery bank was located in an inside, partially conditioned space. Against my past experiences, at the time of original connections, I did not apply any type of protectant to the battery terminals. When I...
  • Post in thread: Anti Schneider posts

    My grid connected XW6048 has been very reliable. Twelve years old, with never having been turned off - no issues. Swapped out original AGM's with Lithium this year. Had to turn off unit for that, restarted after, and no problems. Would buy another in a heartbeat. Seems like the Schneider...
  • Post in thread: Metal vs Asphalt Roof with Solar?

    One suggestion I would also add, is to not go with a dark metal roof. The darker the colors (red especially), the quicker they will fade, and to a greater extent. I do think the green panels shown above, match my wooded surroundings, but if I could do it over again, I would go with simply the...
  • Post in thread: Schneider XW Pro Enhanced Grid Support issues

    No, my XW will not support closed loop with the Trophy batteries. The older, original XW's were not designed to be controlled externally (except from the SCP), as far as I know. I've got to say that the XW has been bulletproof so far. Once I commissioned the system in 2011, it was not...
  • Post in thread: I have been thinking how the term harvesting solar is more than just a cute term and should be considered literally

    If you can get free, or nearly free firewood, definitely go with one of the newer wood heaters. We purchased a Silent Flame woodheater, with catalytic secondary re-heat back in 1985. The newest heaters don't use the catalytic system any more, and are just as efficient with their re-burn...
  • Post in thread: Cool Graph of load and duty cycle on 4 ton AC at night

    My 10 year old 2 1/2 ton geothermal unit, pulls right at 2300 watts (on stage 1). Very hard to imagine a 4T unit pulling only 2K watts, even on stage 1 (if it is a 2 speed compressor). Does the data include the outside condenser unit draw as well? Something doesn't look right.
  • Post in thread: Leaning into solar from Texas

    Hello Bud, and welcome to the forum! There is so much info & good advice here, and with your background, you should not have any problem installing your own system. I installed mine 12 years ago, and without the wealth of info that is presented here. As far as your desire to plug & play...
  • Post in thread: EG4, discover, or? Want a reliable battery system for Schneider xw+

    Just an FYI, I have an older XW6048 (grid tied), and after 11 years, I changed out my 4 Concorde 12v 256ah AGM's to 2 - 48v 230ah Trophy batteries. It was a simple plug & play, just some different settings on the SCP. It has been about 4 months now, and all is great.
  • Post in thread: I produce about 40% more on a cloudy day vs sunny day. Why?

    I don't disagree with anything posted above, but I have seen, with scattered clouds, a large jump in solar production when the sun is partially obscured by clouds. This is called "edge of cloud effect". "Cloud edge effect is a common phenomenon in PV power generation. This effect is caused by...
  • Post in thread: Swapping out 11 year old AGM's for Trophy Lithium batteries and adding a 3rd array to my old Schneider XW grid tied inverter.

    Yep, they really are - and you should know, you bought a bunch! Just finished the roof metal today - yay! But still need some other work done before mounting the 3rd array panels.
  • Post in thread: How Can a Tier 1 System Make Financial Sense?

    @markpj23, I think you are off on your expected kwh per day calculations. I live in north Louisiana which does not have the sunshine potential you do, and I get considerably better production than you are estimating. I have 10.4 kw of solar, in three arrays, facing SE, SW & South. I can get...
  • Post in thread: Help me choose new batteries

    @YurtSolar, that 75/15 Victron is for 12 or 24 volt only. You would need a 48v MPPT. Good news is you would only need one. You could wire the 3 panels together in series (as long as the voltage of the panels did not exceed the MPPT rating). The wattage of the three panels really would not...
  • Post in thread: Why is grounding so HArrrd!!!

    Maybe some lightning wise person can comment on something I read years ago. That the lightning protection aerials and the system in general is not to get hit by lightning to protect the house, but rather to 'drain' off the electrical potential in the air surrounding a structure so that...
  • Post in thread: Big dreams, small living, off-grid homestead from scratch

    Yep, you are on your way to quite a journey. Good Luck!
  • Post in thread: Schneider XW Pro Enhanced Grid Support issues

    My older (original), grid tied XW6048 has always done this. There are times during good PV production, and with a full charge, the batteries will show a few amps in and out. I always thought this was 'normal'.
  • Post in thread: How long till it all clicked? So Gratifying.

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Before starting on my home grid tied system back 12 years ago, or so, I had no forums to help (at least that I knew of), and no 'kits' as such, as far as I knew as well. So, it was just study, research and study some more. I had done a solar/inverter-charger...
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