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Where do ye have installed your solar inverter?

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  • 14-05-2023 6:18pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭


    Attic? Utility? Under the stairs? and did you get to choose when the installer came to the house? Did you have to agree before hand?

    I heard, it gets really hot. Did you take advantage of it?

    Tell us more :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,991 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin


    Attic, I thought they'd install it in the utility room to be near the fuse board but they went for attic instead

    I probably could have insisted it was elsewhere, but that location suited us and it would have made life a lot more complicated for things like the fireman switch

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,973 ✭✭✭con747


    A wasted space in a hall outside my kitchen beside the consumer unit where I told them I wanted it so I could access it easily. They are way to busy to let people dictate what day suits them, it's a case of when they can fit you into their schedule.

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



  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,899 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk


    This is gonna be totally unhelpful.. but in the barn in the Yard. It was beside the consumer unit there. panels are down there too on a shed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭UnhappyCustomer


    I heard it gets really hot. Do you notice the heat in the attic? Also, would you have been allowed to put it besides the fuse board? safestywise I mean

    Yeah I suppose you don't tell them when to do it but you can tell them they way you want it done.

    Do you have the panels on the shed or the barn? Or the barn is the house? It sounds funny you have the consumer unit out in the shed/barn.



  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,899 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk


    I have "A" consumer unit in the barn,

    House is the main CU, then goes to the Meal shed wheres theres a second, then it goes to the barn where its the third...

    Panels are on a steel roof about 50m (of cable anyway) from the inverter.. Red dot is where the inverter is




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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,991 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin


    Only had it since February so can't comment on the heat. Attic is outside the insulation so it might get a bit warm on hot days but should cool down quickly enough

    Our CU is in the utility room in the middle of the house. There's limits on the distance between the fireman switch and where the cables come into the house (max 2 metres I think) which would have been a hassle if I put it in the utility room

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,080 ✭✭✭silver_sky


    Attic, no other good usable space for it. I thought about the utility but it's just too small.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭Big Lar


    Inside the back door in the utility, it gets hot when charging/discharging the battery so the room was nice and warm for the winter. I added a fan yesterday as the warmer weather seems to be increasing the temps.

    I think the heat would be wasted in the attic.



  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭UnhappyCustomer


    Big property alright. You were right, I cannot take it as a reference, but interesting arrange though. Thanks for sharing.

    Too small the utility or the inverter?

    increasing the temps as in it is warm or more like sauna mode? I think the same, it would be wasted in the attic but still not sure where to place it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,080 ✭✭✭silver_sky


    Utility is too small for it. Maybe if it was a small string inverter it'd be OK but I've a Solis hybrid and 5kWh battery along with it.

    It got a bit hot last year and I saw some reduction in generation but nothing huge. Still it's on my list to get a socket up there for a fan to help it during the worst. If only just for longevity of the inverter.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,419 ✭✭✭DC999


    If it's outdoor rated it can go outside. Installer will tell you. Mine is outside backing onto the fuseboard. Perfect location for us. Small house and no utility.



  • Registered Users Posts: 552 ✭✭✭idc


    In box room of typial 3 bed house! The room was already small and attic conversion stairs made it even smaller so is now an office! The sales guy walked around the house taking photos and discussing possible locations to install it to send to the electrician. Box is rated for outdoors and from facebook see many installed outdoors in Australia! but my installer doesn't tend to put them outdoors - can't recall his reason - could of been temperature or the fact irish weather is so wet even with it being rated for outdoor use.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,496 ✭✭✭micks_address


    ours is in the old 'oil boiler' room thats built into the side of the house with its own door..



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,616 ✭✭✭✭ELM327


    Office kitchen - room only used for the inverter, batteries and my coffee machines!



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭Big Lar


    @UnhappyCustomer Just grand and warm in the utility so it is.



  • Registered Users Posts: 818 ✭✭✭Busman Paddy Lasty


    Attic. It doesn't take up any room in the house, small 3 bed semi with no spare space. Attic is nice and cool since install, I think the panels prevent the roof tiles heating up the attic.

    @UnhappyCustomer what house type and size are you in?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,386 ✭✭✭Fingleberries


    This is an interesting conversation to follow. We're planning our installation at the moment, we're in a small three bed mid-terrace house with very little spare room (attic converted and styra going up to a very small storage space in the remaining attic, with all the space mostly taken up with stuff). Consumer unit is just inside the front door, with a narrow hall.

    It would be interesting to follow this thread and learn the possible installation options for the inverter and batteries without losing useful space in the halls or storage space in the attic.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,786 ✭✭✭DownByTheGarden


    If you are planning on getting batteries to charge overnight dont put it anywhere where anyone sleeping will be. They are loud when they are charging the batteries at night or when there is full sun.



  • Registered Users Posts: 552 ✭✭✭idc


    Must depend on the battery, as don't ever hear mine charging at night or during the day, wife works in that room all the time without issue - car/charger i have definitely makes a a noticeable sound, but Inverter and battery is not noticeable



  • Registered Users Posts: 799 ✭✭✭niallers1


    Corner of the attic with my batteries - Inverter and batteries are silent



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  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭UnhappyCustomer


    I think the same, all those IP rates have been designed not thinking of irish weather.

    I live in a 6 bedrooms detached house. It is not lack of space but I don't know where to put it, I want to take advantage of the heat without having an electronic device hanging on a wall in a room. Since I want to foam the roof, attic is not an option (also I think the heat would be wasted)

    Good advice

    do notice any heat?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,182 ✭✭✭crisco10


    Have mine in corner of converted attic. (the corner is a sort of a dead space anyway).

    It is defo warm up here (the attic is the office), but opening the velux window cools it fast. Also, clothes dry overnight on a clothes horse with the additional consistent heat.

    Cant say I've ever heard the battery or inverter make any noise, and effectively I sit beside them for 8 hours a day Monday to Friday.



  • Registered Users Posts: 552 ✭✭✭idc


    You mention about heat, I thought the main issue with Inverter in attic was more over heating of the inverter and it not running as efficiently or shutting down as opposed to inverter generating noticeable heat itself !

    I've never noticed my inverter generating any usable heat.



  • Registered Users Posts: 799 ✭✭✭niallers1


    No noticeable heat from the inverter, The inverter has a large heatsink attached to it. It gets warm to touch but never hot.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,973 ✭✭✭con747


    What make of inverter? The Solis inverters get very hot when under high loads, you could barely hold your hand on the sides of them for more than a few seconds. A lot of people here have fans running on automation to keep them cool during summer.

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



  • Registered Users Posts: 799 ✭✭✭niallers1


    I have a solis 5kw inverter - It's never gotten too hot to touch



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,973 ✭✭✭con747


    Same as mine, the metal at the back and sides can get hot under high loads. Mainly on very sunny days. A lot of people have fans set up to cool them down.

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



  • Registered Users Posts: 845 ✭✭✭ColemanY2K


    This is an interesting thread to stumble across.

    I'm doing DIY. I have a 5kW hybrid Solis inverter yet to be installed. My plan before reading this thread was to put it into a yet to be built temporary garden shed (to be dismantled after the garage was built) which was going to be between the array and the back door going into the utility.

    However having read this thread, I'm now thinking the utility might be a better location. This would put the inverter about 20m away from the ground mount array.

    The house is passive and has MVHR including and extract in the utility. My fear is the inverter overheating in the summer could become an issue in the house even with the MVHR summer bypass activated. Do they give off much heat in the winter as this would be a major bonus in a low energy house?

    ...and what about batteries. Can they be in the shed which would be 5 to 10 metres from the utility? I worry about the fire risk.

    🌞 7.79kWp PV System. Comprised of 4.92kWp Tilting Ground Mount + 2.87kWp @ 27°, azimuth 180°, West Waterford 🌞



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭Big Lar


    I would think that if you put the battery 5-10m away from the inverter that cable loss and voltage drop would be an issue unless you size the cables correctly.

    Perhaps relocate the inverter and batteries to the garage altogether.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 845 ✭✭✭ColemanY2K


    Ya i think I'll stick to the original plan in having it in the shed. Plus it'll keep the Mrs onside as she has grand designs for the utility.

    🌞 7.79kWp PV System. Comprised of 4.92kWp Tilting Ground Mount + 2.87kWp @ 27°, azimuth 180°, West Waterford 🌞



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