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Discussion in 'Energy' started by randy mason, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. randy mason

    randy mason Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I want to get into solar, however the door to door people around here keep trying to sell me $20,000 systems. is there a way to reduce the cost by buying it in parts? I am electrically savvy but I have not worked around solar before. what are the key things you need to know about it? any help from not a salesman would be great! thank you.
     
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    Hi Randy here in Australia I bought a lot of mine secondhand .For a stand alone unit 190w panels $40, 2v 500amp batteries 3 years old 12 of for $1100 bought top grade inverter new ( locally made ) 3kw $ 3400 and new 60amp mppt regulators off ebay $120 might not be as fancy as the shop bought setup but works fine and a lot cheaper. Dave
     
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  3. randy mason

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    That sound a bit more manageable if I build it over time. What's some of your favorite places to look at for builds to start parts lists and such?
     
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    Hi randy solar panels were bought off gumtree, batteries off ebay regulator and inverter off ebay. Dave
     
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    Thank you Dave.
     
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    Careful with the batteries though, try to find batteries of the same age and manufacturer. If you mix batteries it will reduce the overall performance of your bank, as well as greatly reduce the lifespan of your batteries. The newer batteries will pick up the “slack” of the older batteries and shorten their life.
     
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    Thanks for the tip Strongbadd12. Dave
     
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    Get a good inverter and batteries.. keep it off grid and in qld you can diy ..as far as i have been told by a qualified sparky ...
     
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