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  • 25-03-2019 3:26pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,278 ✭✭✭ mordeith


    Anybody have any experience similar to the ones here?:
    https://www.pluginsolar.co.uk/

    All sounds a bit 'too good to be true'


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    It's the same as any other solar kit. They just word it to make it seem really easy to do yourself.
    You won't be able to connect it to your fuse board without an electrician.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,287 ✭✭✭ n97 mini


    Doesn't connect to the fuse board, just to a fused spur. i.e. you wire it like an extra socket.

    Been toying with the idea of taking the plunge. Easy way to tackle the low hanging fruit, i.e. the 200-400w baseload that the house is always consuming.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    n97 mini wrote: »
    Doesn't connect to the fuse board, just to a fused spur. i.e. you wire it like an extra socket.

    So you just wire it in on any other old circuit you feel like?
    Is there anything in the regs that says you can't do that?


  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭ Mr Gumby


    You can't 'back feed' a circuit, it would remain live even if tripped at the fuse board.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    Mr Gumby wrote: »
    You can't 'back feed' a circuit, it would remain live even if tripped at the fuse board.

    Inverters need mains to operate. Once the MCB tripped wouldn't the inverter stop sending 230v out to the spur?
    You'll still have DC voltage coming into the inverter from the panels.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,287 ✭✭✭ n97 mini


    Mr Gumby wrote: »
    You can't 'back feed' a circuit, it would remain live even if tripped at the fuse board.

    They have anti-islanding protection. If something goes wrong and the circuit loses power, they automatically disconnect.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,864 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Look what I just spotted this evening. Damien Maguire is using a Mastervolt Soladin 600 :D

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    The blue inverter in the back. Solar panels connection click into it and you plug it in any socket. Brilliant little yoke. Old but 100% fool proof. No need to do any wiring.

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,278 ✭✭✭ mordeith


    Thanks for all the replies. I know on Australia there was some warning that such systems were against the regs but I can't find anything for Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭ Mr Gumby




  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Sparks will say it has to be hard wired with an isolator both sides.
    The plug looks like a widow-marker, it relies on anti-islanding to not be.


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