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    Need help mounting a few panels on small shed

    I would consider using super strut. Most solar panels can be fitted with a strut nut then mounted to super strut rails on a structure. You can bond them to the super strut and ground them with simple copper grounding rods and wiring. They make mounts for both metal and asphalt shingle roofs...
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    Solar Shed Ideas?

    Hello JBoffgrid2022, I have a solar shed, 10 by 20 feet and muni approved. I did have to ground the shed x 3 and have DC shut off at the shed and back at the house, (inverter). I used super strut and bonded them to the copper grounding rods. I also ran 10g copper wiring underground back to...
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    Need to purchase 2 EG4 6000XP for Mexico

    I have a place in Mexico. AliExpress will deliver to Mexico. You can purchase a Deye inverter on that site and have that shipped to Mexico. Similar to Solar Ark, well pretty much the same thing minus a few extras to make both code in the USA and for an easy install in the USA. Deye inverters...
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    shed solar

    Sorry I am late to this post, Your solar shed, does this price include the shed? What is the size of the shed? Typically under 200 sqft and you do not need a permit. Will the shed be insulated? What is the roof angle and type? "A" frame or "one way?" Are you planning to heat/cool the shed...
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    Automated string switcher?

    I have the same question as Dymailbox. I have a Sol Ark 15k with 2 MMPTs used up. Set up a south west solar shed with 11 panels, max amount per Sol Ark panel calculator and my lowest temperature of the year. I am setting up a ground mount, will match with 11 panels but will face south East...
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    Trench and conduit advice

    Frost heaves in Alaska are wild. Talking more than 6 inches in some places and at some depths. Can easily break a conduit in two and cause damage to wires. Deeper is better. PVC can get brittle up here in the well below zero temps so going below the frost line is important and safe. There...
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    Trench and conduit advice

    I am sure PVC would have collapsed just as easily as the EMT though not due to rust. Newer EMT that is zinc coated should last a while. Some good news, 6 to 8 months of the year there is no water or wet as everything is frozen where I am at. Then the thaw comes so a month of constant wet...
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    Trench and conduit advice

    Wow, not a lot of love to EMT. While not always the best option please keep in mind every situation is different. EMT that is zinc coated galvanized steel should make it about 50 to 75 years. All connections must be sealed if underground. Probably a longer life than the shed it is running...
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    Trench and conduit advice

    In the 2023 NEC, Section 358.10(A)(1) was revised to specifically allow EMT in direct burial applications with fittings identified for direct burial.
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    Trench and conduit advice

    I just ran a bunch of trenches. My local Home Depot rents a trencher for 69 USD for 4 hours. I used EMT pipe. 3/4 inch and ran four 10 gauge copper wires through them using a wire snake every 10 to 20 feet before compression coupling for a water tight seal. Use lube to help guide the wires...
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    one MMPT using two strings, both a series of 10, may they face different directions, slightly?

    Okay, I have my Sol-Ark 15k up and running. Two MMPTs are being used and bring in 8700 watts of solar. All panels are REC and face the same direction, 190 degrees Southwest. These two MMPTs, each having 12 panels per MMPT are well balanced and producing better than expected in my current...
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    You won't believe how much power it takes to do laundry

    Hey, At our place in Mexico we installed an indoor drying line. looks nice to me. Placed by a windows it works well for towels. Electricity in Mexico is expensive. Here is a picture of it. Bought it on Amazon. Green and saves money. Super low costs and not bad looking. For an off grid...
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    Extreme Wind Load Concerns on Rooftop Solar; Solutions?

    Just a thought, you are facing south and located in far north Canada. Not sure how your home it built? If the southern wall of your home or cabin can be fitted with panels at 90 degrees you may avoid some wind stress and snow. Are your wind concerns Chinook winds? In Alaska we have some wind...
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    Enphase Microinverters, what is the failure rate?

    Enphase claims a failure rate of 0.05%. Of what, I have no idea? 0.05% per year, per hour or per KWH? What does 0.05% of blank mean? Sol Ark claims a failure rate of 0.1-1.0% per year after year one. I can quantify that, though the range is rather large. I have a Sol Ark 15k with one open MMPT...
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    High voltage vs low voltage solar panels for Off grid.

    Hey everyone, I just recently had a system installed. While I did not look at anything as high has >100 VOC or even over 60 VOC some were close to 50 VOC and when you factor in cold temps during winter you will easily exceed 50 VOC per panel. My main concern was the size of the panel. Some...
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    Looking for a decent inverter

    I did not say it was decent, only said it was on sale. I let Amazon shoppers do the ratings.
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    Looking for a decent inverter

    Sorry, did not see your reply in time. This was on sale on Amazon for prime day.
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    Looking for a decent inverter

    Can you tell us more about the mission? Battery to inverter? Solar to inverter? Maybe both? 24 or 48 volt system? What type of loads if any are you looking to run?
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    Bluetti EP 500pro How to get more amps out of it?

    I have a Bluetti 500 pro. Currently it is powered by two MMPT strings (so both MMPTs in use) 3 panels of 300 watt Canadian Solar. Often I get about 1600 watts Max or so with good perfect sun and average about 1400 watts on per hour on a regular day about 5 hours full sun in a day. Battery...
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    You won't believe how much power it takes to do laundry

    Heat pump dryers, I have been trying to compare them to gas dryers. Efficiency and cost per load are very different. If you are going pure electric then a heat pump dryer is the way to go. Skip the standard electric dryer if at all possible If you have a gas line in place, and access to...
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    Are micro-inverters/ AC battery tie the way to go currently?

    Per my previous message: Enphase inverters are rated to -40C but they experience about 50 to 100% failure of at least one micro inverter yearly with an average system having about 20 micro inverters. So your results are similar at 1 failure every 2 years of an optimizer, though your system is...
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    Interesting poll results! Sol Ark VS Signature Solar

    Hey, Shout out to Sol-Ark, Here in Alaska I purchased a Sol Ark inverter from a local installer. Price was good or about average for the lower 48 prices. Installer did a good job getting it put together with PV on my roof, main panel and safety switches. I am currently just waiting on a grid...
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    Poll: How was your experience with signature solar?

    I live in Alaska. Getting stuff here is almost impossible. Signature Solar did a great job. Got panels, mounts and a few other items. Way cheaper than my local sources even with the high cost of shipping. Everything arrived intact minus one damaged solar panel. Not on them, shipping issue...
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    You won't believe how much power it takes to do laundry

    May I ask what is the capacity of the heat pump dryer? Sam
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    You won't believe how much power it takes to do laundry

    Wow, I am shocked a heat pump gets warm enough to dry clothes. My friends Tesla has trouble heating the cabin in cold weather. Amazed how efficient it is as well. Wow!
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    You won't believe how much power it takes to do laundry

    Here in Alaska, Gas used over electric for drying clothes. Cheaper so I am told. That being said, drying racks work the best. Bonus you get to add humidity to a dry house for free. Drying racks are pretty cheap as well. Last I heard about 6% of all electrical consumption in the US is used...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Hey Shadowmaker, I agree the snows reflection of light and colder temps increase production more than most people account for. My few but growing number of solar friends in Alaska stress that as a big benefit having snow reflect the light . My solar shed dreams...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Wow, You are way ahead of me. That is impressive! Do you suffer much production loss in summer from the steep angle? Your are a pro man. My install was by a professional though I may solar up my shed. POCO will not allow it to be grid tied though. Are you using super strut between posts...
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    Are micro-inverters/ AC battery tie the way to go currently?

    Hey guys, As for Mirco Inverters versus String Inverters there is little difference between them in regards to production and life span. I quote PV magazine Nov 29 2021. In this study out of France, failure was more common on the micro inverter side but a system using micro inverters has many...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Hey Shadowmaker, I do not intentionally heat that areas around my house just excess or a biproduct of my radiant system. I doubt it gets to the 140F temperature of the water being sent through the pex and concrete. Pure accidental conduction. I need just...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Hey Shadowmaker, My home is pretty efficient in regards to heating. I have a 5 star energy rating and would say I pay less for heating per sqft than about 98% of the people in my city. I have a condensing boiler, tons of zones, all radiant and all digital controls...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Brucey, Not likely to be covered but access in the winter will be difficult. Over hang above, but 3 stories above. The first 2 feet around my foundation are without snow commonly do to radiant heat in the concrete slab. The meter is also low but higher than the Sol Ark. The exhaust from my...
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    Sol Arc 15K Can the generator port be turned off and locked in the off position?

    According to my installer and Poco the Sol Ark can and will be used in grid tie only. Sol Ark engineers actually has a zoom meeting to go over the specs, set up and programming with my electric company and installer. I was impressed at how good, professional and available Sol Ark support was...
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    Sol Arc 15K Can the generator port be turned off and locked in the off position?

    Thanks timselectric, While I enjoy generating my own power and saving money I really like my grid tie as well, the one I should be getting. My electric company does a good job on providing me with power year round. In 7 years my power has only gone out twice and...
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    SolArk15k vs Eg4 18k

    Hey everyone, Maybe my inverter is old, I know I am. The temperature rating was important to me as my unit is mounted outside in Alaska. That being said it is mounted along the wall to my mechanical room. We could not put the unit in the mechanical room due to copper and water. I have...
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