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Renewable Energy Photo Thread

  • 04-08-2022 9:23pm
    Moderators, Education Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 7,829 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    There have been some great photos of Boardsies' Renewable Energy setups posted over the years, but they have been lost in the various threads at this stage.

    I'm setting up this dedicated thread which might make it easier for show off your new install or DIY project, and for new posters to find/get ideas. All sorts of renewable energy setups welcome.. but I suspect Solar PV will make up most of the photos. 🙂

    MOD: Comments are permitted, but they must be constructive/helpful. No negative/nit-pic comments please, or else we'll have to go down route of photos only.

    Post edited by Jonathan on



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,136 ✭✭✭con747

    5 x 345w East and 7 x 345w South for now with 5kwh Diverter and 10kwh Pure drive batteries in the Midlands.

    Don't expect anything from life, just be grateful to be alive.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 17,888 Mod ✭✭✭✭slave1

    Nice compact setup for dual inverters and those batteries

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,682 ✭✭✭yankinlk

    room for moar!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,133 ✭✭✭DC999

    Omg. My roof has no more space and a tiny garden so can't put more anywhere. Jealoussssssssss

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,703 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    @DrPhilG - "7.44kWp system. House facing west, garage south."

    With those roofs, I would have 30kwp up, I swear! 😁

    But seriously, not doing east on the other side of the house?

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,846 ✭✭✭✭DrPhilG

    The thought has crossed my mind, but other than always wanting bigger, what's the point?

    I've already got enough to be nearly off grid 5 months of the year. Stacking the east side or adding more on the west would still not carry me through the winter months, and I'd be exporting bucket loads all summer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 223 ✭✭ColemanY2K

    Nice setup👌

  • Registered Users Posts: 606 ✭✭✭bonoman66

    Thank you. Every day is a learning day, but no regrets so far.

    It'll be interesting in the Winter months when I get a feel for what the system can / cannot do at that time of year & how I may need to adapt my habits to try maximize available energy generated..

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,703 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    I see your point, but if you buy well and DIY install it could be a sound low risk investment even if you export it all. I most certainly would start making a few calculations on that. Also in the near future we will all use far more electricity than we use now, so basing your production on your current needs is disregarding your future needs

    And of course some of us are solar addicts, more more more 😁I had 4kwp two years ago, 8kwp last year, 11kwp now and 15kwp next year. Then I will be totally maxed out unfortunately. In your gaff I'd say close to 50-60kWp is possible before you can even think of ground mount. Not a bit jealous of all that space!

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 7,829 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jonathan

    Are you not in Dublin? How have you managed to fit 15kWp? Are you renting your neighbor's roof off them?

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,703 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    Haha, just under 11kwp at the moment @Jonathan, haven't done my front north facing roof yet, but yeah, small semi D in Lucan, but have a large shed and a sneaky array on my outside boundary wall too. And yes the thought to put panels on my neigbour's roof did cross my mind, have I got a problem? 😁😮

  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭Fantana2

    Can we get photos of your set up? Probably the biggest PV set up on a semi D and it’s probably the common house type in Ireland so could be great inspiration for others.

  • Registered Users Posts: 779 ✭✭✭hick

    +1 on those photos @unkel

    funny to see all the consistency in the KB installs, though I don’t have a nice laminated a4 sheet, must get onto him!

    I have a modest 5.5kW 14 panel facing SSW, double pitch roof so it’s on both front facing roofs 8 front and 6 on inside. Contemplating but a few (6/7) on the back as I have the space and in the summer it will get the sun from the morning and through a fair part of the day. Due to the low pitch even the front panels are producing a few 100W from 6am and go right up to 2130, so would hope they’d produce a decent amount. Haven’t taken update photo since battery went in. Have built a frame that will take 4 (or 20kW)

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 62,703 CMod ✭✭✭✭unkel

    Not so keen to put up photos. On previous threads people were admonished even for putting up pics of perfect installs that some viewers seem to have critique of. I know the new moderators on this forum have stated they won't allow that sort of stuff and fair play to them, but I'd still rather not.

    Anyway, I have only 1.45kwp on my main roof, 5 old panels that have to compete for space with 3 velux windows and 40 solar thermal tubes. Another 5 panels (total 1.825kwp) on my kitchen extension. Still nothing to write home about. Until I had a large shed build early last year, which now has 14 panels on it (5.25kwp) and a sneaky 7 panel string on my outside boundary wall (2.66kwp) and a single panel on a micro inverter (0.375kwp), total 11.56kwp

    Next year or so I will cover my virgin north facing road facing roof with panels, not quite sure how many will fit and what the shading situation is (chimney) but I guess about 4kwp, for a grand final total of about 15kwp

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,682 ✭✭✭yankinlk

    I have a great install photo showing panel size (and the optional scaffolding that wasnt really needed) but I'm not posting for same reasons...

  • Registered Users Posts: 476 ✭✭idc

    So far this thread seems to be minimal on comments on photo posts which is kinda good, maybe it should even be marked that people just post photos without making comments on setups explicitly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 779 ✭✭✭hick


    In the words of my young fella…down with haters

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 7,829 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jonathan

    Have amended my OP now to include reference to same.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,133 ✭✭✭DC999

    @Jonathan, I have a lot of jealousy on this thread. Some largers setups, larger budgets, larger everything.... Does that count as negative? :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 24 banana5kin

    Where did you get or what sort of hinges did you use on the vertical panels. Have a cabin that I'll be doing the same on (2 panels East and 2 West).

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,226 ✭✭✭bullit_dodger

    LOL - the answer is quite mundane. The frame for the panels is simply 2x4 wood. I varnished it, then painted it with black gloss paint, and then finally (after the picture was taken) wrapped the whole wood frame with waterproof gorilla tape. Including taping over the screws so that water doesn't have an easy entry point to the wood. The 6 base mounts, which are on the roof are again 2x4 but covered in "roof flashing", and as for the hinges.....they are simply door hinges down in Woodies for €2.99. Cheap-n-cheerful.

    Aside: The reason the hinge is offset from the center is that I had to move the panels a few inches to the right, and I didn't want to re-drill into the shed roof and move the mounting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭poker--addict

    I have seen some interesting ground mount setups. "Lean-to" style, sheds, car ports, tree-anchors requiring no concrete, manual tilting options.

    Might be worth a thread for sharing ideas or advice.

    I came across this pergola image on a group elsewhere. Makes a lot of sense for anyone needing shade in their garden. Ensuring a setup is able to stand firm against any wind load would be important on my own site.

    This used to be a referral link 😎

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  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 7,829 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jonathan

    Have merged the threads as they are very similar.