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by rickj
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Here is a description on how Enphase microinverters limit production to achieve zero-feedback to the grid: https://enphase.com/sites/default/files/downloads/support/TechBrief-Export-Limiting-HEI-Self-Supply-EN-US.pdf (pdf) "An Enphase system can support Customer Self Supply by using a special C...
by rickj
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Thanks for that info! I’ll see what the scope of the G100 requirements are. As I understand it, for zero feedback you do need an Envoy, but the metered version. That has two current transformers that it uses to measure how much power is drawn from the grid, and how much power is generated by the inv...
by rickj
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

The micro-inverters are mounted directly on the back of the panels. The inverters then generate 230V directly. Note I don’t have a system yet, I’m awaiting availability of the new IQ7 inverter, that should be available about now.
by rickj
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

We did! And in the end decided to go for a simple 80 liter class B water heater. We are two, and don’t use much hot water at all, just for a shower. We had a gas boiler (geyser) with a gas bottle, which was not nice for various reasons. Worst of all: the pilot flame would empty a bottle in 3 months....
by rickj
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Or, use it or don’t generate it. With micro-inverters you can switch off the ones you don’t need at the time. I assume that is how a zero-grid-feed is implemented by Enphase when you use that type of profile. There are more places where you cannot feed energy into the grid, like Hawaii. I don’t mind...
by rickj
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

There is a partnership between LG and Enphase where a solar panel has an Enphase micro-inverter attached already. I think it will supply 230v without extras: Neon 2 Ace https://www.lg.com/us/business/solar-pa ... g-neon2ace
Don’t know if it’s available in Europe.
by rickj
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

We pay about €100 per month. No airco. So 1200€ a year, roughly your system costs 10 years of my electricity bills. Panels last 25 years+, but I wonder if battery and inverter will last your 20 years. How long is the warranty period on the battery? Personally I think I’d rather not have a battery bu...
by rickj
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Sounds expensive. Can you tell us what your system cost, roughly?
by rickj
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

You have a low consumption of power at the moment, and assuming you will not be disconnecting totally from Endesa would still have to pay all the fixed costs, which in many cases are more than the kwh consumed. Not worth the hassle I think? I agree with the above. A few euros a week to keep your fr...
by rickj
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

so could I get a small panel and battery to start but get a larger Inverter that we "future proof" me ? Careful there, string inverters also have a minimum number of panels (voltage) that they need to start operating. The ones I looked at you cannot use with just one panel. See my previou...
by rickj
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Zero feedback - yes. You will get a breaker device that disconnects you if you do try to feed the grid. What could be interesting for you is a (one) regular solar panel with a micro-inverter, like Enphase makes. With the currently available old models in Europe (M215 and M250) however you cannot cre...
by rickj
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Yes, various types even. Tesla has the Power Wall, for example. I’m not too keen on storage in batteries. They are expensive, don’t live very long (10years?), and are inherently a bit dangerous, as they contain a lot of energy. My big energy consumption is during the day (pool pump @ 1.2kW, cooking,...
by rickj
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?
Replies: 36
Views: 7654

Re: Solar panels and feedback to the grid, or not?

Yes, there is no tax applicable for systems smaller than 10kW. But, the problem (here) is more in feeding the grid. Here Endesa does not want you to do that. An installer here described to me they use a device that will shut off your connection between grid and your pv system if you generate more po...
by rickj
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

This situation was created by dividing up a big property in the 60s. Three brothers all inherited a part. One the main house and land around it (now mine), others orchards down the “road”. Later two small houses were built there. The land here is “rural”/“rustico”, so you could not build those build...
by rickj
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

Luckily that dirt road holds pretty well. When it rains here it rains, and I need to do some work putting soil and washed away sand back, but then it dries out quickly, and all is well again. People stay inside here, when it rains :-) So far the road doesn’t cost me much, money wise. This is not abo...
by rickj
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

There's nothing in de deed of the property about a right of way, but you cannot lock in other people's land of course. that's a silly statement; Another person's property being land locked is of no relevance to you. According to my lawyer it is . You can not deny your neighbours access, and the cou...
by rickj
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

This is loud banging “music” all day from 11 AM till midnight, for a week. I can bear this a day, or two, but then irritation sets in. And if you try to talk to them they are obnoxious, and tell you to go away because “it is not your house”. They probably are kids or relatives of the owners. Why mus...
by rickj
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

Spoke to our solicitor. She said a paid right of way is not a good thing to do. They need to pay 100 euros just once, not every year, and you cannot deny them access. These young people went there because there’s a festival nearby (Dreambeach) where they go at midnight, return drunk at 10 AM, wake u...
by rickj
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Re: Right of way - restrictions?

You seem to have an undocumented servidumbre. If in existence less than 20 years, you can block it off, but get yourself a gun and some heavy machinery for implementation of same. Mm, those fincas were built in 1992 and 1995 according to the catastro, so no "luck" there. I don't mean to b...
by rickj
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: You & the Law in Spain
Topic: Right of way - restrictions?
Replies: 12
Views: 3277

Right of way - restrictions?

There is a (dirt) road across my property for access to the public road for two neighbouring properties. There is an orchard there, and two smallish houses. For a long time one house was occupied by one person, who would drive her car across twice a day. Now there's a new family there who drive thei...

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