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  • 29-05-2019 12:27pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 791 ✭✭✭ reklamos


    Hi,
    I'm looking to install PV system onto my house and has been researching what is there on the market. SolarEdge seems to be big across the globe and ROI is not exception. Reading through their product range(inverters and optimizers) information it all looks good on the paper but then what about the real world application? So here are my questions:
    1. Are they as good as they claim to be? Does anyone have SolarEdge installed or better were able compare to other vendors? How you find it? Anything you don't like.
    2. There are numerous pages stating that failure rate is high and SolarEdge support is also not great. Maybe this failure rate is specific to some regions only. Any one had bad/good experience?
    3. Monitoring. I've read that with optimizers you can monitor each panel individually but this option could be locked down so end users do not see it? Does it have to be connected to internet/cloud in order to monitor the whole system? Is there a way to connect to it directly and pull the data out of it be it TCP/IP, Modbus etc? I would like to integrate into my current Home automation/monitoring system.

    Thank you


Comments

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭ rolion


    Hi,

    Welcome,

    Does SolarEdge has certificate of conformity with the Irish Grid !?
    If yes,all ok. If not,find another solution.

    PS
    Is PowerEdge or ... SolarEdge !??


  • Registered Users Posts: 791 ✭✭✭ reklamos


    rolion wrote: »
    Hi,

    Welcome,

    Does SolarEdge has certificate of conformity with the Irish Grid !?
    If yes,all ok. If not,find another solution.

    PS
    Is PowerEdge or ... SolarEdge !??

    This is a good point. I would assume that it does as there are multiple Irish installers installing it but I would need to verify. I see that is conforms to UKs G83/1, G83/2, G59/3.
    What is the code for the Irish one?

    PS
    It is SolarEdge

    thanks


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


    reklamos wrote: »
    What is the code for the Irish one?

    EN50438 with IE extensions. EN50438 varies slightly from country to country.


  • Registered Users Posts: 791 ✭✭✭ reklamos


    n97 mini wrote: »
    EN50438 with IE extensions. EN50438 varies slightly from country to country.

    Thanks.
    It is slim on details but Ireland is listed.
    https://www.solaredge.com/sites/default/files/se_inverters_supported_countries.pdf


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


    reklamos wrote: »

    It's safe to say that if a product is being sold here by the reputable suppliers then it's compliant with the Irish regs.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭ rolion


    n97 mini wrote: »
    It's safe to say that if a product is being sold here by the reputable suppliers then it's compliant with the Irish regs.

    Hi,

    When you fill the form NC6 to ESB,is your name and signature,not anyone else... AND ...you need to attach proof of the compliance !
    NOT a single mention of reputable dealer,installer or supplier.

    If anything goes wrong with the product islanding and is being traced back to your addres...by the time you argue with the "reputable supplier" you may have lost couple of lifes...

    But,i guess,most of the suppliers are buying decent products these days AND most of the end users doing small nixors or DIY off ebay knows this already.

    Take care...and see attached.
    ESB NC6 and ABB Certificate for Ireland.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭ rolion


    reklamos wrote: »

    There is a mention on the Ireland Country at page 15 but a bolded mention with a minimum specification harwdare and/or software, aka "from CPU v2.0496" .That may create difficulties as you will need to make sure it has that version prior ordering,delivery and instalaltion. I dont think refunds will be doable, less DIY upgrade.

    Can i ask you WHY you want to use these particlar product or brand,please !?
    Any advantage against "other" models available on the market ?

    Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 791 ✭✭✭ reklamos


    rolion wrote: »

    Can i ask you WHY you want to use these particlar product or brand,please !?
    Any advantage against "other" models available on the market ?

    Thanks


    I have not settled on the brand yet, hence why I'm asking. This is the first one I got offered but I'm still looking. Solartricity, energywiseireland, bnrgdistribution, savememoney, lvprenewables and others are offering solaredge product so I thought that there would few people using it.

    The way things going at the moment this most likely not going to be DYI job and I'll go with the grant but I still want to make sure that the system that I get is not going to cause be problems.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,627 ✭✭✭ quentingargan


    My only reservation is with being stuck with a proprietary product. As far as I know, their optimisers only work with the same brand of inverter. Companies in this market come and go, and inverters are the one part of your PV system that will almost certainly fail during the life of the system. If you want optimisers, I would prefer to use Tigo or similar optimisers that can work with any brand of inverter so that when (and not if) your inverter fails, you can replace it with any inverter at that stage without swapping stuff out on the roof.

    ALso, if you don't need optimisers for reasons of partial shading / orientation, it is cheaper to get the small extra production by fitting one or two more panels. I don't always think it is the best option to make things more complicated than they need to be. Commercial solar installations usually don't fit optimisers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 626 ✭✭✭ conor_mc


    My only reservation is with being stuck with a proprietary product. As far as I know, their optimisers only work with the same brand of inverter. Companies in this market come and go, and inverters are the one part of your PV system that will almost certainly fail during the life of the system. If you want optimisers, I would prefer to use Tigo or similar optimisers that can work with any brand of inverter so that when (and not if) your inverter fails, you can replace it with any inverter at that stage without swapping stuff out on the roof.

    ALso, if you don't need optimisers for reasons of partial shading / orientation, it is cheaper to get the small extra production by fitting one or two more panels. I don't always think it is the best option to make things more complicated than they need to be. Commercial solar installations usually don't fit optimisers.

    Having considered SolarEdge, I came to the same conclusion as above - it’s too proprietary. Plus, they say the less electronics on your roof, the better. A simple fix can still involve renting scaffolding, etc. depending on the type of roof. You’d want to minimize that risk.


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


    rolion wrote: »
    NOT a single mention of reputable dealer,installer or supplier.

    My point is, any reputable company will only sell EN50438 IE gear.


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