Background: I hail from California the land of regulations, ha ha my day job is a computer geek but I know which end of a screw driver to hold and I aint skierd to try new things, I also love learning and enjoy making things myself (some say I don't like money)
(this section will expand as we go along)
- What the hell is a grid tie system?
- one that requires no batteries
- Well, how much you gonna spend?
- hopefully less than $1,000
- Do you need a license / permit for that?
- Hell no, well (maybe)
- Is it safe?
- Yes, the system shuts down when you shut down the mains in your electrical panel for service.
- Is it legal?
- Check your local ordinances I guess
- How does it store energy?
- It doesn't
- Does it work at night?
- Can you use it as a backup system when your grid power goes out?
- No, it shuts off for safety when the house looses it's normal power from the utility company
- Can you use more than one of these inverters?
- Yes absolutely, of course: Shane Mason's Grid tie inverter update
- Does the inverter come with any management software?
- Not this one but the micro inverters do, however we have a solution for that, please start by looking at the Kill A Watt meter
- Does the inverter have WiFi?
- Not this one but the micro inverters do, however we have a solution for that
- Does the inverter have Bluetooth?
- No, but we have a solution for that
- What power levels do these inverters come in?
- 300, 500, 600, 1000, 1300, and 1400 watts
1. Don't get dead!
2. When in doubt, refer to Rule #1.
buy one solar panel a month (on a two kids in college man's budget) until the inverter can take no more, or the patio cover collapses
this is just a guy who took the plunge before I did: