Solar Panels - I finally did it.

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  1. StitchUp

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    Having purchased all the components to go solar on my Burstner 748, a year on I finally got round to doing it. I'd planned it carefully, I knew where the hole needed to be drilled and where the regulator was going.

    Fitting two 200W panels is quite a job so last week I booked it in with Elite of Bridgend :BigGrin:. I know them well as they do a lot of installations for my employer. I know their work is neat and therefore felt confident in their hands.

    Three days after delivering the van to them and a few visits in between, the job was done and I must say, as expected it was done with meticulous care and attention to detail.

    Thursday the van was rolled out of their unit and the solar panels breathed their first few breaths - all 16amps to the battery from the bright sunlight! :thumb:

    All I have to do now is give the van a damn good cleanup.

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    The regulator fitted under the seat just above the battery compartment.
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    The remote control unit showing just a trickle today.
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    What length cables runs have you got ? I would expect a greater number of amps from 2x 200w panels with the weather as it has been lately, the cables coming in & out of your charge controller do not look very heavy and this will give you voltage loss the biggest waste of hard earned amps in solar set ups, Google '12v voltage loss table' input your cable run lengths and theoretical max amps your panels can produce to get the gauge of cables that would be best, aim for a max 3% voltage loss.
     
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    I can't remember the gauge of cable used from the panels to the regulator - they were quite thick. The 12v side are similar to batery cables but multi-stranded for flexibility. There is of course less loss on the cables from the panel to the regulator as the voltage is higher.

    I was quite pleased to get 16amps on the 12v side and the leisure batteries (2 x 90amp) went from 20% to nearly full in a few hours.

    John
     
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    Guess this means the sun will now go in until some ime next year !!!

    Peter
     
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    I'd of thought they would have cleaned your roof whilst they were up there before they fitted the panels:Wink:
     
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    They did and degreased where the Sikaflex was used and used a abrasive cloth to key the paintwork :Smile:

    Yesterday afternoon, last night and this morning we had some thudery rain - big drops that left a layer of dirt over my car and motorhome.
     
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    Sorry if that sounded a criticism, but a picture paints a thousand words, it just proves the quality of your camera:thumb:
     
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    Hhaha, have you been looking at the EXIF info?

    While looking at the picture I've been meaning to ask - can the aerial be changed for a more effective hi-gain one?
     
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    Elite of Bridgend

    I live in Bridgend and was wondering who Elit were and where they are based as its always useful to have a business recommended,and what else do they do
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Find them here:

    Elite Solutions (UK) Ltd
    Unit 6 George Street
    Bridgend Industrial Estate
    Bridgend
    CF31 3TS
    Rhys : 07511227706
    Gavin : 07511227707
    E-mail : Sales@elite-solutions.co.uk
     
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