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solar panels

Post by boro886 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:41 am

I was hoping to hear about the experiences of anyone who has had solar panels installed recently to provide electricity and not just to heat water. Was the installation easy, has it been a success in the amount of electricity produced and return.

Which company did you use and if you dont mind me asking how much did it cost. Thank you in anticipation of your replies.

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Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:50 am

We have had our panels about 16 months and we think it was a successful thing to do.
We used Andi at Solartec, near Papantonios traffic lights..
We have only paid about €30 for electricity in the last 12 months and that was because we had to use the aircon a lot on the heating mode when we had no C H boiler..

The installing company did all the paperwork and I just had to finally sign at the Electric board..
The cost was €5,300.

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Re: solar panels

Post by cyprusmax47 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:00 pm

More information I will provide with my next post these days:
Renewable Energy #4: Solar electricity - net-metering....

Big player in the market is Green Air Paphos, but there are more Companies
around like Solar Technology.....

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Post by PolemIan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:20 pm

We used the same supplier as Trevor. Very happy.

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Re: solar panels

Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:24 pm

Just had a look at the reading on the inverter and our panels have made plus 18kw today and they are not facing direct South..

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Re: solar panels

Post by Expresspete » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:18 pm

Trev, the €5300, was that for 12 panels (and invertor)?
Living the Sunshine dream 8-)

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Re: solar panels

Post by PolemIan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:20 pm

Same here Trevor, looks like end of day total will be just over 18.5.

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Re: solar panels

Post by Robert » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:33 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:50 am
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The cost was €5,300.
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To help with some maths what type of annual leccy bills do non-solar panel members see? Would be useful to also state size of home and whether or not you have a pool in the response. Armed with that and working on say a 15 year life (warranty period of a typical inverter?) we could do a quick internal rate of return to give a quantitative value of the panels.
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Re: solar panels

Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:46 pm

Expresspete wrote:
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:18 pm
Trev, the €5300, was that for 12 panels (and invertor)?
Yes Pete, for 12 panels, Inverter, and installation....

Ian, that is interesting to compare.. I have just looked at our reading now and it is 18.6kw And our panels are facing almost directly South East

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Re: solar panels

Post by boro886 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:25 pm

just out of interest how much are you paid per kw

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Post by PolemIan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:28 pm

18.59 Trevor. I'd say we are SSE. Our architect was adamant that in Cyprus, SE is preferable to direct South.

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Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:31 pm

Nothing at all... It works on the basis of you getting credited with the units you produce. These are then taken into consideration when the Electric board read the meter.
If in the two month billing period you make 900 units, but consume 600, then a credit of 300 units is carried forward to the next bill and so on.
Hopefully you make enough credit unit in the Sunny months to use against the larger consumption of units in the Winter months..
The 'clock' is set to Zero after (in our case) the February reading...

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Re: solar panels

Post by cyprusmax47 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:33 pm

SSE is certainly not wrong in CY. Also for Solar thermic.

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Post by PolemIan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:34 pm

boto86. There is no 'payment', cosmumption and production are simply netted off so if production is greater than consumption, you just pay the EAC a flat rate of around €32 per bill (2 months). If you come more, you are billed according g to the standard tiered rates. The blanche is zeroed at the end of February so you cam't carry over a credit from one year to another.

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Re: solar panels

Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:37 pm

PolemIan wrote:
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:28 pm
18.59 Trevor. I'd say we are SSE. Our architect was adamant that in Cyprus, SE is preferable to direct South.
Thanks for the update on today's readings Ian.. I am pleased that our output is the same as yours.

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Re: solar panels

Post by boro886 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:44 pm

Thank you for that, now i understand

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Re: solar panels

Post by Robert » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:46 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:46 pm
Yes Pete, for 12 panels, Inverter, and installation....

Ian, that is interesting to compare.. I have just looked at our reading now and it is 18.6kw And our panels are facing almost directly South East

Trev..
What warranty period do you get on your inverter for that?

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Re: solar panels

Post by Cornelia » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:57 pm

We paid 9000 euro for 20 panels some 2 months ago, but the result is a little bit disappointing, today 26,4 kw.

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Re: solar panels

Post by cyprusmax47 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:57 pm

trevnhil, PolemIan,

Would you tell me what your monthly result at Polemi is? 25.2.-25.3.??

Thank you

Max

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Re: solar panels

Post by trevnhil » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:59 pm

Max I can't tell you what mine are because I don;t have it linked to my computer.. Maybe Ian can oblige..

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