400w load isn't what I'd call small... I'm only running 2 chest freezers off my system, combined probably around 200w if both compressors are on, but they pull a whole helluva lot more watts on startup; and its got 4 golf cart batteries wired into my inverter. I don't see how your panels will put up with any sort of major inductive startup load... what is your load like? lightbulbs or motors?
Has anyone attempted running a small load (400watts) off a small 120v inverter directly connected to pv panels? Will the inverter "wake up" at sun up without problems?
South Africa said:
I have been watching these for a while: https://enphase.com/en-us/products-and-services/microinverters
Wow! ok then, I probably want around 3kw worth, so I have to order about 30 of these and wire them in series? but still have to light candles at night... and burn wood for coffee if having it before 10am or after 3pm... and no TV at 5pm when the news guys like to come on Still, if it works as advertised during the day, that's something although even rudimentary batteries wouldn't cost much in a setup like that.These guys are Missour Wind and Sun... I just got a DC heating element from these guys (around $85), although I don't think they manufactured it themselves. It is a short (about 6") nickle plated hoop on a standard screw in base with a built in thermostat, that takes up to 48v of DC current up to 700w and the idea is to just screw this heating element into your otherwise normal electric water heater, but tie the new heating element directly to your PV panel so it constantly heats water during the day... no more water heater bills. I just got it and am building the PV panel mounts (2x trina 285w panels) and waiting for the parallel connectors to come in from amazon and figuring how thick a wire I need to run to it, my water heater is clear across the other side of the property