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  2. Another lithium / Sulphur breakthrough by Australian researchers at Monash University By adding sugar they have found that it increases life span and longer travel distances on a single charge Full details on the link that is very informative https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-14/batteries-lithium-sulfur-sugar-future-electric-vehicles/100457492
  3. This news just in PPK Group has announced that they have unlocked the code for creating Lithium Sulphur batteries at a cost affective price News release on this link https://www.ppkgroup.com.au/site/news-media/ppk-group-in-box-seat-with-aussie-breakthrough-that-could-power-the-world
  4. Just to update this thread, I have settled on this below config Huawei 8kW 3-phase Inverter and Solar Analytics 26 x Jinko Tiger N-Type 390W Mono Black Frame Modules
  5. I did read in the forums that the Huawei monitoring was delaying everything by 2 hours there for a bit. The fix was be patient and wait as the servers get overwhelmed with loads of traffic at times. Which made me think, once you buy the Inverter, the companies don't really need to worry as much looking after their servers as say a company like Solar Analytics does as that is the only thing they are doing and would lose customers, so its in their best interest to keep it running really well. More likely to have more updates/improvements to their software too over time.
  6. For analytics Go with the one that is easier to use and has what you want to check Some meters are on the unit or in the power box and some have wifi Ask your installer about the inverter features before making a decision
  7. I think I'm leaning to go to this final setup. Should mention I work from home so most power I think I would use in the day. At least with Solar I could maximize this. Huawei 8.0kW 3 Phase 2 MPPT w/ wifi (SUN2000-8KTL-M2) instead of Fronius as it is quite a bit cheaper. 10 Year warranty parts and labour. 24x 440w JINKO Tiger-pro panels. Fits (space wise) on the roof quite well. 12 Year Product Warranty. Around $6500 that I will pay for this install. About $800 of the total price was special brackets used to put half the panels on my metal flat roof. Deciding between different extra consumption monitoring. Solar analytics or the Huawei one. Can't seem to find much info what the Huawei actually gives extra in the monitoring. I think this is the unit model DTSU666-H. Price between them to install is not much but will need to pay a subscription for Solar analytics. Leaning towards the Solar analytics. about $750 installed.
  8. With a name like Full Range, I expect nothing less! 🙂 Thanks again for the reply. No Gas here and electric HWS. Average 22 kW per day. I have so many aspects to my Stereo and would love to know what it all uses. Lots on small power supplies running different items. I could try and put it all on one plug and use one of those little meters. In the past year have replaced a few things. Got a new fridge 520L kitchen, New F&P Front loader washing machine, New 65" TV's and threw out my 2nd 20yr old fridge I had in back garage all in the hope of lowering my Energy bills. Replaced all lights with LED's. Still after all this my bills are high for me at the average 22kW/day. Looking forward to Solar ASAP. 🙂
  9. My average use going by my past power bills is 14 kw per day I don’t have advanced power monitoring but can inform you that my power bills have been reduced by 2 thirds I mainly work nights so I consume most of the energy during the day Energy use breakdown Aircon system , 25 yo refrigerator , large 70” TV , washing machine, dishwasher, spa pool heating, and a huge stereo @Marc knows about my HiFi system Please note that I have solar hot water and gas for cooking hence my lower daily power use
  10. Just a couple of questions to the ones who have the great monitoring. How many units does one typically feed back into the grid in a day? Also what does it take to max out Solar? Like could I use my Stereo, 2x Split Air Con. Then expect I could still use the dishwasher and Washing machine. Plus start vacuuming and also put the kettle on of course. 🙂 Just trying to gauge what system I can take advantage of in kW. 6.6kW or 10kW and what to expect in managing my usage. Like is the vacuum cleaner or the kettle already say using 20% each of your generated solar energy. Washing machine 10% etc Just a rough guide if possible? Would like to not be using power from the grid as much as possible in those daylight hours but don't want to over capitalize if there's no point.
  11. These are the 330W panels that were recommended for me so you can compare the specs https://www.trunsunsolar.com/wp-content/uploads/download/au/EN-DUDRIVE-TSHM-120L-AU.pdf And this is the inverter Sungrow is the worlds number one inverter manufacturer https://service.sungrowpower.com.au/files/Web_Files/FAQ/Crystal/Troubleshooting/UM_201803_Crystal G2_SG3K_5K-D Datasheet_V1.0.pdf
  12. Yes with only 3c feed in tariff, it got me thinking of 8kW Inverter and 10kW panels. So I could use a lot more items in the day hours instead of watching everything I use. I take it both sides with the panels wont always see the sun together. Mornings will be at most 5kW and late afternoons 5kW. 10kw in mid day times. The lay out from the last quote with them on the metal roof. Just sent a new quote to me with 24x 440w JINKO Tiger-pro Mono Facial TR technology + Half Cell Total is $7500. I did not ask for these panels but I think he thought they might be worth going to as there will be less of them. Maybe could reduce the price considerably with cheaper panels? Any good cheaper ones or is it worth spending the extra on good panels? Not sure which Inverter to go for but he suggested Fonius or SMA.
  13. Re Solar Hot water Once the sun heats up the water it’s stays hot all night or until it’s used up If you need hot water after that you turn on the power for a top up Re input credit 3 cents is a pittance In QLD ( at time of writing) the lowest feed in price is 6 cents and a high of 16 cents But both of those feed in tariff amounts are offset by back door charges for power , supply , solar meter ect ect
  14. The supplier mentioned I should be fine with 8kW inverter with Synergy but said that may be the limit for them. But no feed in paid after 5kW. Currently it is at 3c Looked at Solar Hot water but think being a house of 1 and will make it having showers in the day hours that Instantaneous might be ok. The solar panels are already such a big investment for me.
  15. I should also note that hot water systems contribute to a large part of electricity bills I have a solar hot water system on the roof, and have benefited greatly from one for over 25 years I have researched hot water systems use electricity on average $700 to $1000 per annum Solar hot water - depending on how many dark days in the year could be as low as $65 per annum FR
  16. Just check if WA has a restriction on how much you can feed back into the grid In QLD we are restricted to a 5kw inverter And yes one can put more panels on the roof if you wish The latest systems are customisable so you can set them up to give 100% to the grid or use the daylight capture to run the house and only feed back the access You will buy your energy needs from the grid at night unless you have battery storage So even though you only get $40 back in cash from generated power you sell to the grid You save by not buying as much energy as during the day ( that is retail cost savings) The way you save is - wash clothes, dishes , and as many other activities you do during the day and minimise your night time power use
  17. Thanks Full Range. That is a great price. The prices I posted are all after the rebates. Will be what I will pay in the end for them to install it. From talking to few people I come to realise that we in W.A. might be lucky to get $40 off each bill (actually less it seems) from feeding the power back to the grid. So now thinking of going to 8kW/10kW and know I will not get any money back from Synergy when my power goes back to grid but may enable me to use more stuff during the day without taking power from the grid. Latest quote Supply & Installation of 1 x Fronius 8.2kW Inverter Plus 26 x Jinko Tiger 390W Mono Black Frame Modules (10.14kW) Installation Notes: Tile Single Storey East/West Facing Installation Point of sale discount based on 143 STC's' @ $34 each GST GST 11,962.00 -4,862.00 GST: TOTAL (inc GST): $645.45 $7,100.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Also if I went back to other Jinko panels - Jinko JKM370M-66H 370W Mono Black Frame Modules it might save well over $1k on the price?
  18. Just last year I replaced an older Solar system with a new one A 6.6 Kw with a Sungrow 5kw inverter Panels used are Trunsun 330W panels, these are shorter than other 330W panel, so fitted my roof better. They are mounted onto Radiant racking (made in Brisbane) and connected to a Sungrow 5k-D inverter with a free wifi dongle. Total cost was $3500 That was on a 35 yo tile roof and the price included the removal and disposal of the old system I’m not sure if that final price included any solar rebate as no mention was made of it
  19. Since my bills are close to $500, I thought it about time I look to Solar. I am in W.A. northern suburbs. My bills seem to say I'm consuming around 22 units a day on average. I have 3 phase Electricity into the house, no gas. My hot water system is on its last legs, so will have to get another soon. Most probably another Steilbel 3 phase instantaneous one unless suggestions for Solar compatibility?. I got 3 quotes from installers recommended from SolarQuotes 2 gave me quotes without dropping in, spoke to them and the 3rd one that I am posting first here dropped in. We discussed not putting them all on the roof tiles as I would like easy future access to the roof maybe and even repairs to tiles as they are getting on. 40+ years. The brackets are not too cheap to put the panels on the tin roof, so might be extra $400 that was part of the total price quote I posted. I replaced the tin roof only a few years ago as the previous one was maybe 30+ years old. Can anyone suggest if this quote is ok and especially with the components used or other recommendations? Would be super appreciated. I could ask the other 2 companies that quoted to put 10 panels also on my tin roof and 8 north facing but would also guess it would add $400+ to each quote for the clips. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QUOTE3 Supply and install 1 X Delta M6A inverter power limited now with WIFI 18 X 370 Watt Seraphim panels black frame white back sheet On tile single storey three phase North and West installation 10 tilted on cliplock $5000.00 incl. GST OPE while Government rebates apply. Here is the other 2 companies quotes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Supply & Installation of 1 Fronius 5kW Inverter Plus 18 x Jinko JKM370M-66H 370W Mono Black Frame Modules (6.66kW) Installation Notes: Tile Single Storey East/West Facing Installation Point of sale discount based on 92 STC's' @ $34 each GST GST 7,128.00 -3,128.0 Total $4000 Then asked about upgrading to Tiger panels. Read they were the new ones from Jinko Supply & Installation of 1 Fronius 5kW Inverter Plus 17 x Jinko Tiger 390W Mono Black Frame Modules (6.63kW) Installation Notes: Tile Single Storey East/West Facing Installation GST 7,878.00 Point of sale discount based on 92 STC's' @ $34 each TOTAL $4750 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Final one here. I mentioned I could remove the skylights as they where old and prone to leaking with very heavy rain. Have removed one before and put tiles back. 18x LR4-60HPH-370M Longi Mono PERC half-cut 370w High Efficiency low LID Mono PERC with 18 4,122.00 Half-cut Technology 1776 x 1052mm SUN2000-5KTL-M0 Huawei 5.0kW 3 Phase 2 MPPT w/ wifi Total $5107 and a bit extra for SYMO_5.0-3-M Fronius Symo 5Kw 3 Phase Dual MPPT This 5kW transformer less Fronius 1 2,899.00 Symo is the premium three-phase inverter for Western Australian homes. Total $5507 Some of my quotes have a lot more detail, if anyone needs any more info? I am hoping I get a good 10+ years from this and then hopefully better battery systems and cheaper will be around by then. Something like the new Lavo battery tech. 🙂 Can look at replacing the whole lot when the time comes. Some sort of logging to know what I am using as I turn on aplliances, like Air Con, Stereo, Washing machine, dryer etc, so can plan better to optimise my Solar usage but not so important if I can just get an rough idea from what is built in.
  20. Hi Everyone, Just received my last power bill and saw Marc's post on SNA about this site. Great timing. 🙂 Thought I pop over and maybe look into getting Solar on my house. Regards, Rob
  21. Welcome Bazzle - enjoy your stay and I look forward to reading your contributions.
  22. We have had our 3.4kw system ever since solar was introduced commercially here in Vic. Ours was installed back in Jan 2009. We have 2 strings of 10 x 174w Solartech and Topray panels running into 2 x CMS2000 invertors giving a max of 3.4kw normally. Had no real issues with the set ups at all. I do have a spare CMS2000 but not needed it yet. Both invertors have an small aux fan under the heatsink that comes on when inv reaches 40c powered by a 12v panel.
  23. I have the 5kw Sungrow inverter and have no problems at all so far I have also learned recently that if you add a seperate ( I think it’s called ) a Sungrow S100 Energy meter. With this extra meter you can also see via the app the export to the grid amount and many other features over the standard dongle Without the meter you only see your input from the panels to the inverter
  24. Have narrowed my search for a solar system down to 2 suppliers, who would you run with? 13.2kW System Option 1 REC panels Sungrow inverter Master installer certified $10990 Option 2 Canadian Panels Fronius Inverter Uses local, well reviewed installer $9680 Both are semi-local companies who have been to site to evaluate the install and spent time determining my needs. The REC panels from option 1 have a longer warranty (25 vs 12) and the fronius inverter from option 2 has a 13 year warranty vs 10 for the Sungrow. Option 1 comes with Solar analytics, a 3rd party software and app that is apparently worth $5-800. All other criteria are essential the same So I guess it comes down to how much value I put on the panel vs inverter quality and whether the 'master installer' certification is worth another $1000. Keen to hear your thoughts **Edit. Option 1 reduced their price and I have decided to go with them
  25. A couple of news stories that indicate that solid state batteries are close to being a reality in EVs The expectations are shorter recharge times and longer distance travel time Samsung https://www.whichcar.com.au/car-news/samsung-solid-state-battery-breakthrough Toyota https://thedriven.io/2020/12/14/toyota-plans-revolutionary-solid-state-battery-for-2021/ Other news https://www.wired.co.uk/article/what-is-solid-state-battery-toyota-dyson https://insideevs.com/news/465188/nio-150-kwh-solid-state-batteries-2022/
  26. Thanks Jason Its a wonder why they haven’t contacted me about about a smart meter upgrade after installing the new solar system Looks like I have to take the initiative and contact them Paul
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