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  •  that's not exactly ... (4+ / 0-)
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    Bill Roberts, KenBee, chimpy, bondibox

    A pure grid-only inverter will cut-out when the grid goes down as a safety mechanism.

    There are other types of grid interactive inverters that are more intelligent and can switch from grid-tied to standalone when the grid goes down. I've never heard of these types coming with a lease.

    Kiss my ass. This is a Holy Site...

    by jam on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:14:17 AM PDT

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    •  That's not the reason (1+ / 0-)
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      bondibox

      Our utility requires this kind of connection.  If we want to run completely off the grid then we can't do Net Metering.  I know people with solar panel, lots and lots of solar panels, and batteries.  I don't think they can sell anything back, though.

      And we were willing to buy the panels if we could have done it this way, but it starts getting real expensive and it's not just the inverter.  It's the way you'd have to set it up.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:58:46 PM PDT

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      •  Your utility requires that kind of connection (0+ / 0-)

        because it is a safety issue.

        Outback inverters with battery backup are on the California Solar Initiative approved inverter list. A proper inverter isn't the only thing you will need, but it is the first thing you need.

        If you are completely off-grid, then you don't get any incentives.

        Kiss my ass. This is a Holy Site...

        by jam on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:41:47 PM PDT

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