JasonA
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:39 am

Ours took over HALF A YEAR!! :lol:

Install took just 3 days (well panel and roofing).. 250a main and 100a for the new garage run was a different story :roll:

But we signed and sealed the deal in May 2013 :shock: LADWP and DBS crap... dragging their feet, etc,etc.. BLAH BLAH BLAH..

SoCal and LA is bankrupt... yet the unions back tens of millions behind our candidates and I see LADWP trucks parked under trees for hrs with the guys either asleep or just doing "paperwork" :roll:

So it was along process
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WisJim
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:54 am

I'm sure glad I live in small town Wisconsin, where the head building inspector is seriously interested in PVs, and where getting my permit cost $25 and took 15 minutes. Three inspections and then one by the utility engineer (just to make sure the inverters shut down when power was cut) and we were good to go. My concern about roof top installations is that the PVs will outlast the roofing material in many cases, meaning that the PVs may need to be removed and reinstalled at some point in the future.

wongfeihong187
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:03 pm

How much did you pay for your system if you don't mind sharing?

HighDesertDriver
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:37 pm

HighDesertDriver wrote:Nice system! I've just resubmitted paperwork for a friend's 7000W ground-mount array permit and hope soon to begin putting it in. I am sure he will be glad to clear the PV equipment out of the garage and get the car back in out of the cold.

SCE has already contacted me via email and said they are committed to completing their inspection for permission to connect within two weeks of the final Building & Safety inspection.

SCE's independent SCI inspection contractor just made the third inspection prior to issuance of the California solar rebate. That's over 7 months since completion, but at least they are done before the refund reservation expired.

On a related subject, we have received a pallet of SolarWorld 275 mono panels to replace our 2006 array of BP 175 panels. We recently suffered the failure of two more panels and BP opted to either replace the entire array with another brand (BP got out of the solar business a couple years ago), or just buy them back and let us replace them. The advantage of the simple buy-back is we'll have a new 25-year warranty instead of the remaining 17 years of our BP warranty.
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JasonA
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Location: Sylmar, CA

Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:39 am

HighDesertDriver wrote:On a related subject, we have received a pallet of SolarWorld 275 mono panels to replace our 2006 array of BP 175 panels. We recently suffered the failure of two more panels and BP opted to either replace the entire array with another brand (BP got out of the solar business a couple years ago), or just buy them back and let us replace them. The advantage of the simple buy-back is we'll have a new 25-year warranty instead of the remaining 17 years of our BP warranty.
The SolarWorld mono's are coming up consistently in either #1 or 2 positions for long term durability and output testing. We are going to be adding another row or 2 here soon to our array (doing it myself) and probably 10 more 300's.

I'm thinking about SunPower's but they are still too new of a company. Yes, I like "highest" efficiency and smaller panel size, but that doesn't guarantee quality. I know a few people at SunPower in the Anaheim office (a lot moved from RGS) and I can get some panels cheap... but again.. the old saying. "better to burn out then fade away"

I've been tracking SP's progress and while nice, maybe a little too new still. I have some old Siemens panels (SM55's) that are still kicking :mrgreen:

I think it's like saying... take a Camry over Corvette? the vette gets you there quick and fast... but the Camry will go steady forever.

P.S. YTD as of today since PTO (2-17-14) is 10.8MWh. We had initial shading issues on back side of garage, so we'll see how the 1 year mark is.
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KillaWhat
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:52 pm

Ours took over HALF A YEAR!! :lol:

Install took just 3 days (well panel and roofing).. 250a main and 100a for the new garage run was a different story


Been Working on my "Solar Leaf Charger".

The good news is my permit from PECO was only in the soup for 2 weeks, and surprisingly they could not have been nicer and more patient with my questions.

The bad news is I'm at least 3 weeks into this install just to get to this point.
(doing it all myself)
It's sort of a combination of Ground mount and roof mount components.

Ready to start putting panels up in another day or two, and yes, I have some serious meter and service work to do.

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QueenBee
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:58 pm

KillaWhat wrote:It's sort of a combination of Ground mount and roof mount components.


Any concern about the snow load/wind load on the cantilever? Was it difficult to get the engineering on the loads and capacities reasonable such that you were comfortable with it?

smkettner
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:29 pm

Looks like a lot of shade. May need to trim or remove a tree.
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KillaWhat
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:02 am

QueenBee wrote:
KillaWhat wrote:It's sort of a combination of Ground mount and roof mount components.


Any concern about the snow load/wind load on the cantilever? Was it difficult to get the engineering on the loads and capacities reasonable such that you were comfortable with it?


Good question.
The support system is way over designed.
The rails that support the racking are rated at 680 lbs support (each) at mid-span.
The roof mounts are Zilla double stud mounts with 2-3/8” x 5” stainless lag bolts into a pair of sistered 2X8 douglass fir joists, 14 in total, with a PER BOLT pull out load of 1300 lbs.

Since the struts are supported at the mid point, the static dead load is balanced, and in theory, there is no up or down load on the lower mounts (static)

I evaluated that the weak point in the system (in theory) was actually the connection between the roof joists and the vertical wall assembly.

Modern construction is very reliant on “gravity” and an adhesive :oops:

So while I couldn’t come up with a real world scenario that could exert enough force on the system to do any damage to the mounting system without completely destroying the panels first, I installed hurricane straps between the Roof Joists, and top plate, and the top plate and the wall studs.

Typical engineer. It’s got a safety factor of about 500%.

Looks like a lot of shade. May need to trim or remove a tree.


Yes, I have some shade problems.
I have 2 trees coming down, and this picture was taken at 6:30 pm in late October.
I will have between 5.5 and 6 hours of decent sun in winter, and more in summer.
I live very much In The Woods!

This system will put out a max of 4kW/hr and at 6 hours that’s 24kW.
My non-charging daily load is about 19kW (LOTS of LED lighting)
So we will see how this goes.

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JasonA
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Re: My 10kw All USA Solar system finally getting in..

Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:12 am

Very cool! I miss the greenery of my Aunt/Uncle's place in PA.. :D We're just like a desert now :cry:

Nice setup so far on the rack and inverters. A+ work! ;) Which panels have you decided on yet?

pchilds came over here last week when Tony was demoing the CHAdeMO on the Rav and I showed him my whole house UPS/enphase setup!

We now have plans for him! ;)

hehehe.. mad scientists we all are... :twisted:
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