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Old 01-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Grid Tie in For Solar electric home.

I need best information or guides to put in a complete Solar Electric system for my home. Need to know best places to buy equipment and solar pannels ect..


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Old 01-10-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Just a heads up this is not a DIY project. Very complex. Sorry I don't have info on the best place to get it or preferred sellers, but I'm sure some one will chime in.


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Old 01-10-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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Do not do this without extensive knowledge of PV systems.

I suggest a licensed electrician for installations that involve grid tie ins.

Most POCOs require a permit to be pulled.

My FIRST step if I were you (i have researched this on my own also) is to contact the POCO and they should have a department or contact that handles Renewable energy tie ins.

If not contact your State department of energy, utilities regulating authority or commerce.
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If in doubt, contact a licensed, experienced, reputable electrician to perform the work.
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Grid Tie in For Solar electric home.

I will suggest this is not a simple DIY task on this one I have deal with couple diffrent verison and you have to get the POCO invold on this one due they have some very strict requirement to meet plus NEC code will cover this very well. And will need a disconnect switch { the location will depending on the local code }

A Electrician will able do this without too much diffucitally if they are famiuair with the NEC code { it will be found in few diffrent art sections }

Of course the Permit will be required no question asked.

You can able goggle couple manufacters for solar panels but make sure they do meet the UL and NEC code requirement.

The answer will be based on NEC ( National Electrical code ) or CEC ( Cananda Electrical code ) or ECF ( Electrique Code France )
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Solar systems require a special module to mix utility and home generated power. Very rarely does the solar power system provide all of the home's needs so a transfer switch is not used unless you also have a generator. Any dealer selling complete systems has this module.

Some versions of the module feed excess solar power back into the power lines. You need to find out from the utility whether they reimburse you for the power.
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