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My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby mexsudo on Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:12 am

New Forum Member, first post... learning about solar, I hope

this is my new grid-tied hybrid... Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

8 290 watt panels: Canadian Solar
4 AGM 12v 115Ah batteries: Duravolt DGG115-2
Inverter: Outback VFXR3648A, 3600VA
Charge Controller: Outback FLEXmax 60, FM60-150VDC
System Display and Controller: Outback MATE3s

installed by David Ramirez: Advance Soluciones de Energía
http://www.advanceenergia.com

on-line March 14, 2019... still getting things tweaked.

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Location: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
My RE system: 8 290 watt panels: Canadian Solar
4 AGM 12v 115Ah batteries: Duravolt DGG115-2
Inverter: Outback VFXR3648A, 3600VA
Charge Controller: Outback FLEXmax 60, FM60-150VDC
System Display and Controller: Outback MATE3s

Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby Mike Curran on Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:50 am

Nice! Neat install, GREAT location!
http://www.tigoenergy.com/site.php?95b2dca2-ca6c
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/Hctc107221
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- 6 (2×3) ALEO S79-300's into one FM80 (2017)
- 2 grid-tied GVFX3524's classic stacked for 120/240VAC (2007)
- 12 Surrette/Rolls 2V x 1766Ah (2007)
- Hub10.3, Mate3s, FNDC, RTS, OpticsRE. Tigo Energy ES maximizers on each PV module.

Westinghouse Solar: (2012)
- 30 (2x15) 235W panels with Enphase M215 microinverters, grid-tied.

All self-designed and self-installed

Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby JeffinthePeace on Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:15 am

Looks like paradise!
Nice installation. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with Outback system performance.
Welcome to the forum,
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Total 4380W PV.
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Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby pss on Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:21 am

Hey, really nice setup. I am 115 miles north of you in San Diego. So I have a couple of suggestions. Most likely your panels are well secured against high winds. For your location, if the panels are fixed, then about 20 degree tilt and due South would be optimal. But, in the Summer, you will do better if the panels can point about 10-20 degrees Southwest of South. This is especially true if you get any morning ocean mist that hangs in the morning air. And, you are going to get a lot of sun. I think you can easily expand your battery bank by adding 2 more strings of batteries to make 345 amps because you have the sun light to do it in your location. Also, remember in the Summer heat, your panel surfaces can reach 155 degrees which will mean less power output, but in the Winter (Nov - April), they will produce more.

You have started out very well. Now enjoy.
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Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby mexsudo on Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:34 pm

Thanks, this is a grand new adventure for me.

Orientation to South: The 2 panel sets are very close to North 27° East, give or take a few degrees. Not the exact plan, but that is the way they got installed. My horizons are very low, ideal sun exposure.
see the snapshot.

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Wind is a huge concern. I have been here 22 years, we see some nasty events every 5 or 10 years.
Each panel set is attached six places, at the corners and mid-points. 3/8" x 3" lag bolts directly into the 2x6 roof rafters.
Wish me luck, I think I am good, but time will tell.

My initial concept was Whole House backup, and grid-tie to save on CFE cost.
I want power during the blackouts and brownouts, but I can live with portions of the home having now power at all.

I am now debating with the installer.
Separating the non essential load to the grid-tie (my labor and minor cost) VS. More Batteries ($$$).
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Location: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
My RE system: 8 290 watt panels: Canadian Solar
4 AGM 12v 115Ah batteries: Duravolt DGG115-2
Inverter: Outback VFXR3648A, 3600VA
Charge Controller: Outback FLEXmax 60, FM60-150VDC
System Display and Controller: Outback MATE3s

Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby Mike Curran on Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:17 pm

Fyi, we're grid-tied and have battery backup for our essential loads, which include a well pump, sump pump, fridge, microwave (probably not essential and an energy hog to boot), hot water (oil-fired heater), computers, circ pumps for house and barn heating system (wood fired), and a few key lights at the inverters & battery, plus at the woodburner and at the essential loads breaker panel.

Non-essential loads include an electric stove, practically every other light and electric outlet, and the air conditioning system, which you may not want to do without in your climate.

We're not the best example of conservation, but we do have a large PV system to help counterbalance that. FWIW - Mike
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https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/Hctc107221
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My RE system: Outback:
- 8 (2x4) Evergreen 180's into one MX60 (2007)
- 6 (2×3) ALEO S79-300's into one FM80 (2017)
- 2 grid-tied GVFX3524's classic stacked for 120/240VAC (2007)
- 12 Surrette/Rolls 2V x 1766Ah (2007)
- Hub10.3, Mate3s, FNDC, RTS, OpticsRE. Tigo Energy ES maximizers on each PV module.

Westinghouse Solar: (2012)
- 30 (2x15) 235W panels with Enphase M215 microinverters, grid-tied.

All self-designed and self-installed

Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby Kurt Lundquist on Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:54 am

Beautiful! If you get a hurricane warning it would be a good idea to take the panels off the rack. What size are the cables that go from the battery bank to the inverter?

Thanks for sharing.

-Kurt
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Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby mexsudo on Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:00 am

Thanks for the idea, it had not occurred to me that it would be simple to take the panels off the racks and strap them down to the rack anchos on the roof. I am capable of that, solo.
Taking them off the roof is a job for two strong young men. I am a depleted old guy. :smile:

The wires from the panels to the inverters: there are three. red, black, and green. green is smaller, and it appears to be bigger than 12 gauge, but less than 8 gauge. They are all enclosed in conduit, and I could not read the markings. I will climb the roof and check inside the breaker panel and see what I can detect.

Hurricane Warnings: I will never get one for here. Hurricanes are only in Southern Baja and never get as far North as here (Ensenada, about 100 miles from San Diego).
When we have the more severe storms we do get gusts, maybe 35 knots or so, at worst. People have lost roofs. I did loose all of my roof tiles about 10 years ago, but that was installer error... not enough screws.

and, Thanks to all of you for Listening... My wife has started to change the subject on me. :roll:
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Location: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
My RE system: 8 290 watt panels: Canadian Solar
4 AGM 12v 115Ah batteries: Duravolt DGG115-2
Inverter: Outback VFXR3648A, 3600VA
Charge Controller: Outback FLEXmax 60, FM60-150VDC
System Display and Controller: Outback MATE3s

Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby David LeBow on Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:31 pm

@Mexsudo: you may want to whitelist OBForum@OutBackPower.com with your mail provider. A recent post notification from the forum was rejected with this fur ball:

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Re: My new Hybrid in Baja

Postby mexsudo on Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:00 pm

David LeBow wrote:@Mexsudo: you may want to whitelist OBForum@OutBackPower.com with your mail provider. A recent post notification from the forum was rejected with this fur ball:

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Thanks David:
you are probably looking at an old bounce notice, I whitelisted outback a week or so ago.
Thanks anyway, peter
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Location: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
My RE system: 8 290 watt panels: Canadian Solar
4 AGM 12v 115Ah batteries: Duravolt DGG115-2
Inverter: Outback VFXR3648A, 3600VA
Charge Controller: Outback FLEXmax 60, FM60-150VDC
System Display and Controller: Outback MATE3s


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