BB. wrote: »
You are very welcome... and please come back with more questions and/or what you have decided to do.
A suggestion, since you are looking for "short term" outages--Many times a genset is a better solution. You can use it to power your major loads (fridge/freezer/Air Conditioning/etc.) for ~1/2 the day. And at night/quiet times, make a smaller battery + AC charger (gen/utility powered) + solar panels (if/when you want them).
That will save you money, fuel/fuel storage, and help with having power for the family (lights, radio/tv, laptop computer, cell/AA battery chargers, etc.) when the genset is not needed.
Will also give you some experience and help you decide if you every want to go with a full 6kW solar/battery/hybrid GT system later.
solarix wrote: »
... wanting to keep the batteries full to be ready for an outage and leaving room for more solar charging which is intermittent of course.
SteveF wrote: »
I also have the problem of not going back on my promise to my utility to send my power to the grid, so, can any of you guys foresee a system that allows me to connect only during grid failure?
vtmaps wrote: »
My 2 cents: Stick with your generator for grid outages. Increase the size of your grid tie system. Use the extra money you save on your utility bill to buy a few gallons of gasoline for your generator. Avoid batteries.
SteveF wrote: »
It's just that if the utility finds my backup system connected they will request the repayment of the rather large rebate I got for the grid-tied system. So, I was just wondering whether a simple, but very visible, connect/disconnect could be in my system circuit to satisfy the utility that I wasn't violating the spirit of the agreement about not having a battery backup.