Questions tagged [solar-power]

Electric energy produced from sunlight. This could be via semiconductors, in [photovoltaics]; or through the concentration of solar heat to drive a turbine, as in concentrating solar power [solar-thermal].

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What is the fair-market value of the Solar System installed by Solar City in 2013?

I live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. On December 31, 2012, I signed a lease deal with SolarCity (now Tesla) to install solar panels on the roof of my home + associated electrical ...
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Grid tied inverters that work during power outages

Is it possible to have a grid tied solar installation operate when power is out without a battery bank? All of the grid tied inverters I have found kick offline during power outages. This is a fine ...
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Why should I buy the brand solar panels when the cheaper ones offer a better power to price ratio?

Following this question, I'm trying to figure out what is the best option for me. Looking at brand products, for example SunPower Maxeon 3 400/410 Wp and SunPower P3 Black 325 Wp, they offer a power ...
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Are optic fibre based daylighting solutions sufficient for solar panels?

Some daylighting solutions are available in the market that use collectors and large diameter optic fibre cables to transfer sunlight to interiors of residential or underground dwellings. Below are ...
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Any way for microinverter PV array to power a house when the grid is down?

Suppose I'm already heavily invested in microinverter type solar panels -- with the inverter on the panel on the roof. These comply with UL 1741 and will stop supplying power the moment they see grid ...
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Excess solar power

I am wanting to hook up a solar system to my house but don't want to feed back into the grid (for a number of reasons, including legislative bureaucracy and having to change my electricity company). ...
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Simple solar light system

I've been looking for a simple solar powered lighting system for a carport I just built. I bought these without realizing how small they are: 2 Pack Solar Lights Outdoor. Unfortunately they look ...
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Callibrate a battery monitor for a ~5yr old 360Ah solar panel installation

I am looking to calibrate a new battery monitor for an off-grid battery bank that's ~5 years old, since the previous battery monitor stopped working recently. I'm not sure how to go about it given the ...
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What do the voltage and energy readings on this MPPT charger mean?

I've got a new EPEver 3210AN, 30 A MPPT solar charge controller, and single 320 W 40 V solar panel connected about 4 feet (1 meter) away with 12 AWG wire. It's a very simple van setup. My battery is ...
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How do solar panels degrade after 25 years of warranty?

This question is focused on high quality solar panels (certified Tier 1) which are more and more mainstream. The 25 years warranty is becoming standard, and producers describe degradation in 25 years ...
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Is using multiple MPPT controllers with a solar panels array, to mitigate effect of shadows a myth?

So my installation is for a sail boat. There's a lot things like rigging sails etc, that can create shadows on part of the array and this is constantly moving around. Some panels in the array will ...
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What's the current price of power to gas fuel?

I've been curious about power to gas technology. I've read up on the immense energy losses as you split water to hydrogen and then using the Sabatier reaction to generate methane. Do we know given the ...
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How to identify the rating of my electrical panel

Recently I got a bid from a solar company and they said I don't need to upgrade my electrical box since it is rated at 125 amps, and for that value, I can install a 7k system based on calculation here....
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Shading percentage to cause hot spots

I'm designing a solar plant over the roof or a huge building for my company. Now the roof has a lot of obstacles, Shafts, pillars, AC equipment etc. I have a couple of questions that I could really ...
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Renewable garden watering system - 12v battery system (solar recharged) to ensure there is 50l of water at 20ft twice a week

I have a load of water butt rainwater storage linked to my gutter downpipes for my garden water needs, but I can't stand around waiting to fill watering cans from taps on butts, so occasionally (once ...
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What is the most sustainable choice for a domestic hot water system in temperate, coastal Australia?

We currently have an ailing 14 yr old solar hot water installation. A few plumbers have given us the same story: due to the age and general condition of the system, it makes more sense to replace it ...
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Designing an electrical off grid system for winter

I'm currently planning the conversion of a panel van into an RV including heating, water, and electrical. The part which I'm not confident about is the reliable supply of electrical power in the ...
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My solar inverter display volts but no amps and a few watts. What's wrong?

I have 150watts 7 solar panels of specs : max DC volts 20; max SC amps 8.02Amps. Individually checked all 7 solar panels short circuit amps and they are in 6.54 - 7.84amps range. Solar Inverter Specs ...
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Any electric vehicle that can be used as a home energy storage?

I have a house with a solar array on top currently tied to the grid. I would love to be able to use an EV as a battery for my house, and after it charges up in the day be nice to use it for the ...
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How much renewable energy is curtailed around the world?

CAISO, the California electric grid operator, provides daily and historical reports on wind and solar curtailment: I started looking for similar data from MISO, the grid operator where I live, ...
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Will negative power pricing counteract the growth in solar PV capacity?

In California, the real-time electricity prices routinely go negative. Here's pricing for the four load aggregation points for California on April 1, 2020 (source): This is due to the large amount of ...
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Can I use 2.5kW solar panels to power 2kW rated grid tie solar inverter?

Can I use 2.5kW solar panels (10x 250 watts) to power 2kW rated grid tie solar inverter? Will anything blow up? Panels: 10x 250W, 36V panels Inverter: 2kW with max input voltage: 500V any help is ...
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Solar Panel Drawing Amps instead of adding them? [closed]

I have an off grid powered house powered by 6 x 12v batteries all hooked up in parallel. I also have 4 x 150w 12v solar panels all hooked up in parallel too. Things were good however I decided to move ...
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How do German fossil fuel subsidies compare to PV subsidies?

Over on Politics.SE there's an interesting discussion about "grid parity": "If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?". The discussion has ...
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Why am I offered a 5 kW inverter with a 6.6 kW solar installation?

I've just received two quotes for installing a rooftop solar system at my residential address (near Sydney, Australia). This caught my eye: Company 1: Panel: 22 x ET panels 300w Inverter: Growatt 5 ...
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Can residential rooftop solar arrays be cheaply extended over time?

I am looking to install rooftop solar on my house some time this year. I have a decent amount of roof space and very little shading so I should achieve fairly ideal conditions for it. A lot of the ...
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Is it ok to mix battery brands in a solar battery bank?

I plan on installing 12V 100 Ah LiFePO4 batteries, but since they are so expensive, I might buy from different vendors. The batteries have the same chemistry, voltage, and amperage, but are from ...
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Data source for real world solar PV production?

In the U.S., the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) provides some great resources for examining the potential of solar PV systems, such as PVWatts and the National Solar Radiation Database viewer. ...
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Solar setup for well pump [closed]

The electricity where I live is pretty expensive at about almost 30 cents a KWh, so I'm considering setting up a solar system. I got 3 100 Watt Polycrystalline solar panels a while ago, pretty cheap. ...
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Can data from wind and solar farms be used to improve climate modeling?

As of 2018, there were over 341,000 wind turbines around the world. In the U.S. alone, a projected one million homes will have roof-top solar PV by 2020. This does not include commercial or utility ...
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Must I install bypass diodes across my solar panels? [closed]

I have an array consisting of ten solar panels wired in series as shown in the figure below: My problem is that during some winter months (Oct - Dec maybe), in the afternoon, the sun is so low that ...
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Are solar powered cars sustainable and are they a good idea for future transportation?

As population rises, fossil fuels will start depleting so are solar powered cars a good idea? How much power can they produce when it is cloudy?
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How to work around a supposed Huawei SUN2000L-5KTL inverter throttling issue

I have a PV system with a WEG SIW300H M050 inverter, which is simply a rebadged Huawei SUN2000L-5KTL (link to the manual). Its rated output power is 5000 W while its nominal apparent power is 5500 VA. ...
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Pros and cons of solar panels over a parking lot?

What are the net benefits to clearing a plot of trees, or grass to install solar panels? Isn’t it better to install the panels over parking lots?
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Do light fixtures with small solar panels require direct sunlight?

I purchased an Osram Ledvance DoorLED Solar product which charges its own batteries and turns on automatically at nighttime to provide light. It requires a 7 hour minimum charge time. When there is ...
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Solar Install Flat Roof

I want to install 23 305w panels on my roof. It's a flat roof constructed with 2x8 beams spaced at 24". There is no snow load to consider and we get occasional wind and rain storms a few times per ...
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PV system: Which to upgrade first: panels, inverter, batteries?

General question Adding on from the title, what are the restrictions to ensure that the various components of the PV system are compatible with each other? Are there rules around how many batteries, ...
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If water gets on solar panel connector from cleaning or rain will it cause problems?

I have a solar array with 8 panels. There is a slight gap between each panel. At 2 locations string MC4 connectors are placed between the gaps. My question is if water gets on this connector (and not ...
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What is the typical embodied energy of a solar photovoltaic panel?

What is the typical embodied energy of a solar photovoltaic panel, in terms of nominal power output or panel area? The ideal answer would be in kWh/WP, but kWh/m2 would also be acceptable. I ...
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With current technology, how much CO2 is emitted when making renewable power plants?

In order to make a solar panel or a wind turbine, a few basic inputs are required: labor energy water raw materials Given the current abundance of renewable resources, I assume that the first three ...
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With two 50W panels best to wire in series or parallel?

Charge controller (Renogy Wanderer 10A PWM) can handle the combined voltage when wired in series. From the spec sheet, it has a max PV input voltage of 50VDC. Panels connect to a charge controller ...
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Is there a difference between DC \ PV cable and AC cable?

I have now seen a few DIY tutorial videos (not in english) which suggest that one should use DC cable for connecting Solar Panels to the Inverter. They claim that AC cable causes a greater voltage ...
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Charge controller reading voltage but no amps

So I have a small solar setup (100w/200ah) in my camper van. I left the controller/panel/batteries hooked up thinking I would occasionally clear the snow and there would let the sun topped the ...
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Adding solar to a small van.. just need steady 12v source not a battery bank.. question about switches and isolators? [closed]

I have a 2018 Ram Promaster city cargo van with OEM 12v 70AH 120RC Sealed Led acid battery and a 160a alternator. Sitting on top of the battery I have a 1200 Watt pure sine 100v inverter connected ...
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How can I calculate from peak power (kWp) to energy per day (Wh/day)?

According to this Wikipedia article (Dutch) there is a rule of thumb that the energy output of a solar system is 850 to 1000 kWh per year per Wp. However, this takes the grey climate of the ...
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Is Tesla Powerwall a good investment?

I'm trying to determine if investing in a couple of Tesla Powerwall units to store solar energy is a wise financial decision. My energy cost is $0.1649/kWh. The installed price of the two Powerwall ...
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Dominion Energy (Virginia) solar standby charges

Does anyone know anything about Dominion Energy's solar standby charge (in Virginia) ? All I can find about it is generic information such as "Dominion plans to charge $4.19 per kilowatt for a solar ...
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Is a solar cell phone charger a sustainable choice?

I bought this handy mobile solar charger for my cell phone. I wonder if it's a sustainable buy and looking for a report or similar that compares the production costs (including carbon dioxide ...
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Are there currently any solar panels that are produced/built entirely with solar power/energy?

The closely related Are there types of solar panels that can be made completely locally and independent of fossil fuels? Suggests that it is possible to make solar cells without fossil fuels. I ...
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Which measure of solar irradiance is needed to calculate the energy output of PV systems?

According to "E = A * r * H * PR" global formula to estimate energy generated, the solar irradiance value is needed. I have Horizontal irradiance, Tilted irradiance, and Normal irradiance values but ...