How to go OFF GRID in the CITY! – What is a 'Sunlight Backup'?

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26 Replies to “How to go OFF GRID in the CITY! – What is a 'Sunlight Backup'?”

  1. I wish there like a blueprint of the project so it can show all the wires and devices hook up.

  2. screwing anchor points directly to the roof, not sure how i feel about that. i installed 5.5kwp myself with 10kw inverter and its golden

  3. In South Africa, as power cuts are VERY common, we install a "Hybrid Inverter" which will auto switch between, solar, grid and batteries. My personal system is off grid during the day, fed by the solar (if grid is present or not) as solar drops away in the evening, I switch to the batteries until a minimum threshold is reached. (50%). Grid feeds the house through the night until the sun comes back up. First, the sun will charge batteries back up to 100%, then feed the house. If grid is lost at any stage in the cycle, the house is fed by solar and/or batteries. (4.5Kwh solar, 5.5kwh Lithium batteries, 5Kwh inverter.)

  4. I live in the UK and I'm a planning Officer so I deal with planning permissions. Did you have to aquire any form of permission to install these as in the UK, you may needed too? Great video

  5. Jerry: electricity is pretty important
    NEPA: I don't see how that's my problem

  6. @Jerry – You Are Awesome
    Still, I wish people would take a better approach towards laws and paperwork.
    You see, it's important to expose the laws and why they were made.
    Currently I mostly here about "dealing with laws" rather than dealing with 'being a good neighbor' which is what the laws are all about.

  7. Can you please explain/demo more on how power delivery is controlled? How do we save money on electricity? How does an automatic switch from solar to grid and vice versa happens?

  8. Two things:

    First, simply adding the feature to power the house from solar during an outage shouldn't cost an extra $7000; you could run your regular solar setup to power your whole breaker box, as long as you have an automatic disconnect for the grid. All that's needed is for the main breaker to be thrown.

    Second, what purpose do the micro inverters serve, other than the AC voltage being easier to move along wires vs DC? If you put in a battery bank later, you'll be converting DC to AC at the panels, then converting that AC back to DC to charge the batteries, then converting that DC from the batteries back to AC for the house. How is the loss of energy from inverting three times not too wasteful?

  9. So, basically, you are not sending the pv power to the grid but instead with that power you supply directly some appliances, correct?
    I don't know how the job is done in USA but for me as a Greek (former) electrician, cable management seems a little messy. 😅 However, wood houses help a lot to get the job done faster.

  10. LOL! I just saw a post about hailstorm destroying a whole roof of panels…. and then I see this…
    Thorium is the future…

  11. We here in India people are using Off Grid solar panels from 3-4 years now as they are more efficient but it eventually add up's the totall cost of the project.

  12. Actually. Mister. Today is yesterday's tomorrow. Which is today. Which is also a construct made my humans to "keep track of "time"" but what even is… Man.

  13. any updates on the electric hummer its been 6 months, its the main videos i look forward to on this channel

  14. Lots of junction & breaker boxes in the US, much simpeler with fewer cables here in The Netherlands

  15. Great video and it is nice to see the capabilities that are coming online with solar. But $7k would go a long way towards a battery backup and wouldn't it be much more beneficial to have 1 battery that can store electricity and power the house when the sun is down?

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