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Forum: Solar Power 08-08-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 78
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Posted By Xringer
Thanks for the info. I'll check it out when I get...

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out when I get time.
It's the season for maintenance on my heating systems & my back-up power.
I'm babysitting 5 days a week and my weekend leisure time is very...
Forum: Solar Power 04-26-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
I wanted something to work if the grid failed to...

I wanted something to work if the grid failed to power sump pumps and a few devices.
Lead acid storage still works, but not sure how many watt hours is available.
To back-up that short term...
Forum: Solar Power 04-25-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Not really. One of my four 200w PV panels was...

Not really. One of my four 200w PV panels was killed by a falling limb and I used the remaining 600 watts to heat water, until my tank started leaking beyond repair.
Now, I'm using that 600 watts...
Forum: Solar Power 10-27-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
You might not be able to re-configure your panels...

You might not be able to re-configure your panels and still have them work right with your current inverter.
Here in MA, it might be illegal to change anything on a PV installation.

Maybe your...
Forum: Solar Power 10-25-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
It sounds like you have a standard system with...

It sounds like you have a standard system with one main GTI in a big box hanging on a wall somewhere. You should check the brand and model info. If it's a brand-name company that has a website, they...
Forum: Solar Power 10-25-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
What kind of system are you using? Some systems...

What kind of system are you using? Some systems aren't easy to convert to off-grid.

I've seen some windpower dumping systems using hotwater tank heating elements. It makes more hot water when...
Forum: Solar Power 07-30-12, 11:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
There are a lot of (illegal in USA) small Chinese...

There are a lot of (illegal in USA) small Chinese GTIs on Ebay.

Here's a link to a site you might find interesting.
Solar Beginners Corner...
Forum: Solar Power 11-04-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Here's some new EnPhase info.. Are Enphase...

Here's some new EnPhase info..

Are Enphase microinverters grid tie only? (http://community.enphaseenergy.com/enphase_energy_community/topics/are_enphase_microinverters_grid_tie_only)
Forum: Solar Power 10-30-11, 05:43 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
depdevil1 is using a MSW inverter + batteries....

depdevil1 is using a MSW inverter + batteries. But, I'm not sure what kind of waveform his MSW inverter is generating.
It might be a small step type waveform that looks very much like a sine-wave....
Forum: Solar Power 10-27-11, 10:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Nice, you are putting your whole house on an...

Nice, you are putting your whole house on an UPS.. :)

The problem I see with your method, is the UPS's inverter is connected to the GTI inverter.
In my experiment, my GTI was connected to a PSW...
Forum: Solar Power 10-26-11, 06:55 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
I understand what you want to do, and it sounds...

I understand what you want to do, and it sounds like it shouldn't be too difficult.

One method that I was thinking of, was to use an AC current sensor connected to my heating system.
When my...
Forum: Solar Power 10-12-11, 12:31 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Timers work. I use one on my oil burner and save...

Timers work. I use one on my oil burner and save big bucks on oil and a little on electricity.

I have the basic 'default' NStar residential rate, so I'll have to check out their website
and see...
Forum: Solar Power 10-11-11, 08:58 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Yeah, it might be time to look at going back on...

Yeah, it might be time to look at going back on the grid and using conservation
to limit your power use.

PV is way too costly in most cases. But, if you can get a deal you can afford to live...
Forum: Solar Power 10-10-11, 10:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
How much is WPS charging you per kWh? (including...

How much is WPS charging you per kWh? (including all the carrying charges).

Even if you getting good kW hours per gallon, you will likely only match
the cost of buying grid power. Sooner or...
Forum: Solar Power 08-31-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
From what I've read about Enphase and other...

From what I've read about Enphase and other inverters, they sample the grid voltage,
then apply a slightly higher voltage. While running, they can still watch the voltage and current, keeping their...
Forum: Solar Power 08-30-11, 09:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Both of my Chinese pure sine-wave inverters were...

Both of my Chinese pure sine-wave inverters were checked using an oscilloscope. They had pure symmetrical waveforms, and not MSWs.
Forum: Solar Power 08-30-11, 09:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Since it's AC that's being tied together, adding...

Since it's AC that's being tied together, adding a Diode, (which changes AC into DC) would likely cause a malfunction.
Forum: Solar Power 08-30-11, 08:31 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Like I said above, connecting a GTI (+PV array)...

Like I said above, connecting a GTI (+PV array) to a Sinewave inverter (to fool it),
does work, but sometimes, it can go nuts on you..

You idea of timer/charging batteries during the day, right...
Forum: Solar Power 08-18-11, 08:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
I'm hanging on to both of my 12V inverters. They...

I'm hanging on to both of my 12V inverters. They are not only handy for the car or SUV,
I can also use them on one of my little 12VDC PV setups....
Forum: Solar Power 08-18-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Hello, I was able to watch your youtube movie. ...

Hello, I was able to watch your youtube movie.

In your video, I think you were charging your battery pack (from the grid) to use during off-peak hours.
I've never heard of that being a good...
Forum: Solar Power 08-18-11, 02:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
A cautionary tale

My GTI experiments have been terminated, after my last mishap with a new inverter.

This summer, I purchased a Chinese 48vdc 1500w 120vac 60hz Pure SineWave inverter.
The PowerJack specs said it...
Forum: Solar Power 05-27-11, 11:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Well, long story short, the little pure sine wave...

Well, long story short, the little pure sine wave inverter didn't hold sync with the 1200w PJ GTI.
It would work for a while, but then drop out randomly, 1 to 3 times a minute. (IIRC).

So, I...
Forum: Solar Power 12-11-10, 06:04 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
I think it's against the law to self-power your...

I think it's against the law to self-power your house, without an approved change-0ver box installed.

Otherwise, some forgetful goof might go down and reset the main relays,
BEFORE taking the...
Forum: Solar Power 12-07-10, 02:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
A very basic block diagram

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Xringer/Solar/blockdia.jpg

The actual schematic will be classified semi-secret, unit I figure it out.. :rolleyes:

I just heard the news. I won a...
Forum: Solar Power 12-07-10, 12:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 75,373
Posted By Xringer
Yet another vid.

Here's the other Off-the-grid video DPDevil1 made..

YouTube - Sun 250 Watt Grid tie & Xantrex 3000 Watt modified sine wave inverter Tied (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9uK_mDFzmM)

It's kinda...
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