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    Re: SMA Solar Set up

    Thanks very much for the explanation. I have the Sunny Boy 5.0 1AV-41 which is rated 5250watt however is capped by regulation to 4700w.
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    Re: SMA Solar Set up

    I have setup my system so that when there is plenty of PV that all the geysers turn on as well as the swimming pool pump. The balance of power which is small is then drawn from eskom.
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    SMA Solar Set up

    HI There

    Below is a graphical representation of my power generation for yesterday. The graph flat lines on about 4.7Kw. I have a SMA Sunny Boy 5.0 and a SMA Sunny Island 6.0 that is working...
  4. Re: Earthing of PV Panels, support structure

    I agree with engineer. My system is also earthed through the DB.

    I do however have a DC surge arrestor for each of the 2 strings of panels.
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Today my system went past the 1 000kwh mark.

    What a brilliant system. SMA is absolutely a set and forget system.

    Here is a final pic of my completed...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    My system has now been running for a while now. It runs like a dream.

    SMA is really state of the art products, yes they are expensive and there are cheaper alternatives, but I am glad I went the...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Hi There

    Please see my responses below -
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    Re: Going the solar route

    The whole system (essential and non essential circuits) are still fed by the PV, so the kettle and the pool pump will still use PV when available during the day.

    The essential loads are only...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    There are certain circuits which are connected to the inverter/battery system and certain that are not. I have carefully determined which circuits are essential and which are non-essential.
    ...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Hi Paul

    I will message you.
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Your understanding of grid tied systems is correct. Where no batteries and the grid fails, then the inverter shuts down.

    It is only recently installed, and we have only had cloudy weather since so...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Here is a pic of my installation.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200110/9bdf33afc5cde37357d10f30414cca73.jpg
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    Re: Going the solar route

    The battery technology will catch up. There are great batteries out the but not cheap.

    In a couple years time batteries will hopefully be like USB memory stick, large capacity and dirt cheap.
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Yes I did split the neutral bar at the DB with the circuits that is connected to solar.

    I basically rewired the entire DB and I traced all of the neutrals and seperayed them. This took forever to...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    So my system is installed. It runs like a dream.

    What a mission to re-organise the DB to make sure I know what is what.
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    Re: Going the solar route

    At this stage I want to try and run off the solar panels in day time and inly use the batteries when there is an outage or loadshedding during the evening.

    Yes, there are good batteries out there,...
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Yes you are right the extra wiring and circuit breakers ans stuff is also a lot extra.
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    Re: Going the solar route

    Yes I agree. These old houses have for example 3 bedrooms and the lounge and part of the kitchen on 1 trip.
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    Going the solar route

    Hello everyone

    After reading a lot and having many debates with the experts I have finally decided on a grid tie system.

    I am going with 16 x 375 LG Mono X Plus panels coupled to a SMA Sunny...
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    Re: Please explain jacking a Disco 3...

    The standard is rubbish. The new one looks good but bulky.

    I got a bottle jack soon after I got the D3 and never looked back.
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    Re: R6 Distributor

    In your neck of the woods not really. But in GP I would try Belltrade or Leimers.
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    Series III Re: R6 2'6l Cylinder head

    Perhaps give Andre a call at Leimers Land Rovers on 011 462 6842.

    Mine has also been skimmed, but I will measure it for you. However, any measurement provided actually needs to be extremely...
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    Re: R6 Distributor

    I have noticed in one of the photos that the holes for the convoy lights are present in the fenders. Do you have the convoy lights?
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    Re: R6 Distributor

    Looks very good. My R6 has also undergone a full restoration. Now it is a pleasure to drive.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190731/78fdf9b7baddf2c877cd278c9d438e63.jpg
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    Re: R6 Distributor

    Very nice. Please post some pictures.
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    Re: R6 Distributor

    I have probably phoned this guy about 50 time and sent about 50 email without a response.
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    Sticky: Re: LR parts offered / required

    I am looking for a bull bar for my series 3, preferably similar to the photos (obtained from the internet)
  28. Re: D3 Diffs and Transfer Case Oils - What to use

    From where?
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    Hi There

    I am reviving this old thread.

    For the D3 diff oil changes, I could gather that the following oils are applicable -

    Front diff SAF-XO 75W-90

    Rear diff BOT720
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    Re: doing Namibia with a v8

    I have done Namibia many times with the D3 V8 and depending where you are travelling to the 2 jerry cans are enough.

    However be carefull in the Kaokoveld as there isnt really fuel stops. I filled...
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    Re: d3 v8 tyres

    The D3 V8 HSE had the optional extra of Brembo brakes. If that was fitted the only 19's will fit.

    If not the 18's can be fitted. I am currently running 275/65/18's with a 30mm lift and nothing is...
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    Re: D4 V8 de-cat

    Viper Exhaust in Kempton. They fitted a full free flow system for me. Now it sounds like a proper V8.
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    Discovery 3 Re: Disco 3 18" tyre sizes

    In access mode, yes definitely. I dont think it will touch in normal mode though.
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    Discovery 3 Re: Disco 3 18" tyre sizes

    I currently run 275/65/18 Maxxis Bighorns with a 30mm lift. Nothing scrapes or touches the sides.
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    Re: D3 V8 HSE tyres

    Hi There

    The D3 V8 can only fit either 18 or 19 inch rims. Some of the D3 V8 HSE models came with the optional extra of the Brembo brakes and can in that instance only fit 19 inch rims.
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