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    • Goldwing1
    • By Goldwing1 16th Sep 17, 9:29 AM
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    Solar Plants = any info/experience?
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:29 AM
    Solar Plants = any info/experience? 16th Sep 17 at 9:29 AM
    Back in 2010 I had solar panels installed and, until last year, they were brilliant. Investment cost recovered by year five so everything from there on was money in the bank - or so I thought.

    Last August the inverter failed. Repairing it was more expensive than replacing it so I got a new one with a five year guarantee.

    At a show recently we saw a stand for Solar Plants, nothing to do with plants but with a different type of inverter which takes each panel in parallel rather than in series. That claims to improve output by 15 - 17% and means that if one panel goes faulty, the others keep working, plus it has a 20 year guarantee. It all sounds good except it would take another five years to recover the outlay.

    My gut feeling is that I'm better off staying as I am - especially as I only renewed the inverter last year (5 year guarantee but they have offered a "buy back" discount on it).

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    • ASavvyBuyer
    • By ASavvyBuyer 16th Sep 17, 9:32 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:32 AM
    Best to post this on the Green & Ethical thread where Solar PV is discussed.
    Rhondda Cynon Taf, 4kWp, W roof, 30° pitch, 16 x 8.33 Eternity 250w E+10 panels, Solar Edge SE4000-16A Inverter + P300 Optimisers & REUK Diverter
    + Toshiba RAS-10G2KVP-E Ultra High Efficiency Air Conditioner/Heat Pump
    • Goldwing1
    • By Goldwing1 16th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
    Ah! Is that where it goes. I'll repost.

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