Solar panel installation

On Wednesday the 16th of November 2011 we installed some solar panels on our roof. The panels are from Trina Solar. Each panel produces 235 Watt peak (Wp), which means that the panels produce at most 235 Watt at any moment in time. If the light conditions are less favorable, the production will be less.

An inverter was also installed inside the house. The inverter is made by Power One and is called Aurora Uno PVI-2000. The inverter transforms the DC from the solar panels into AC that is fed straight into the mains of our house.

Unfortunately, the last week has seen unprecedented levels of mist, which means that our energy production was far lower than expected. Ah well, enough time left as the lifetime expectancy of the panels is around 30 years, while the inverter should last around 15 years.

I’ve been tinkering with the inverter a bit and got the monitoring software working on both Windows and Linux. More about that in the next post.

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