Grid Connected Solar Electricity
Select below for annual records since system installed :-
This page gives details of the 3.67kWp system using 10 Sanyo 180w HIT(now Panasonic)PV panels and 6 Sunpower 327w panels all connected via power optimisers to a Solaredge grid connect inverter.
Total generated to date (from 3-3-04) = 27,061 kWh
Total generated in 2018 = 3,322kWh (updated weekly)
Last week total 40 kWh, Best week so far = 171 kWh, Best day so far = 24 kWh
Data up to 2016 below was for 1.8kWp system which was expected to produce 1600 kWh. The 6 new Sunpower panels installed by B-line have expanded system to 3.67kWp and should produce 3447 kWh.
The table below compares the monthly generation against the PV-GIS predicted output. Red figures are below predicted level and green figures are above.
Annual total generation (% compared to PV-GIS)
2017 generated 3403 kWhrs (95%)
2016 generated 1546 kWhrs (97%)
2015 generated 1588 kWhrs (100%)
2014 generated 1595 kWhrs (100%)
2013 generated 1526 kWhrs (95%)
2012 generated 1514 kWhrs (95%)
2011 generated 1578 kWhrs (99%)
2010 generated 1562 kWhrs (98%)
2009 generated 1531 kWhrs (96%)
2008 generated 1547 kWhrs (97%)
2007 generated 1619 kWhrs (101%)
2006 generated 1640 kWhrs (102%)
2005 generated 1619 kWhrs (101%)
A Powerflow Sundial battery storage unit was fitted on 18th March 2016 together with a meter to measure how much comes out of the battery into the home. This data will be updated weekly. In 2016 it saved me approx 20% to 25% of weekly import - see graph of import comparison over last 6 years - until Dec when weekly import went up as the result of charging our electric car. Monthly output graph. But to offset the increase in electricity consumption due to charging the car, we have signed up to the Good Energy electric car tariff which gives us a £100 annual discount on our electricity bill.
The unit has a display to show if we are importing, exporting and how much battery power is being used. It automatically charges and discharges throughout the day depending on whether we are generating excess or importing electricity. And will switch during the day when import exceeds generation to suppliment PV output then when load drops will revert to charging itself again to maximise the benefit of the battery.
I have signed up to the Good Energy Home Generation programme in which they pay me 9.9p per unit (kWh) for ALL generated units (before the Feed In Tariff started this was 15p) and I don't need a separate Export meter installed as they estimate the amount I export as being 50% of generation, worth 4.5p/kWh, this is until smart meters are fitted in a few years time which can measure import and export. Our house has featured in 2 national magazine articles, Click on magazine name to view article • Organic Life and • New Consumer
|PV system balance of components pictured below. Left picture shows original inverter with DC disconnect below left and AC output through data transmitter & AC spur on right. Centre photo Readouts for Hot water Temp (top) & Watts / kgCO2 / kWhrs (below). Right photo shows new inverter for extended system.|