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by John Coulter
Sun, 10 Jan 2016, 21:59
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

My advice is that it would, that the utilities in S.A. that pay this high buy back rate (52 cents/kWh)will remove this rate if there is any other solar system on the same title of land, whether or not it is connected to the grid.
by John Coulter
Sat, 09 Jan 2016, 14:50
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

Thanks for your information. I have had to give up on the notion of a separate charging system for the car. As a long time user of solar I started when the buy back rate was high and locked in for 20 years by legislation. Any change in my setup is likely to abrogate this arrangement and drop me way ...
by John Coulter
Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 15:58
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

Thank you Greenpower. That is certainly an option. I am yet to decide which way to go and to then see exactly what the costs are. At the moment I am rather taken with the idea of a larger stand alone system and then running some of the house items off that as well as charging the car. For example th...
by John Coulter
Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 03:50
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

If you look at the UK Mitsubishi site it appears as though at least some of the Outlanders sold there have two ports.
Approaching Mitsubishi Australia did not produce any mention of an alternative way of charging.
by John Coulter
Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 00:45
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

Yes, I agree. With the on-board battery taking the juice straight from the panels (arranged to provide the right voltage) that would be a much cheaper option. But the only input socket on our car takes the 240V AC from a standard power outlet. The charging system is built into the car. It has been s...
by John Coulter
Tue, 22 Sep 2015, 15:02
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

Thank you Gazza. That would be most helpful. There may be a difference in the two states in that we were early installers of our solar system and we are on a 52 cents/kWh buy back rate which has been legislated in S.A. This only holds if we make no changes to the existing system.
by John Coulter
Tue, 22 Sep 2015, 14:54
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

Thank you Terry. This is just the sort of information I seek so that when I approach a solar supplier I can specify the least cost and best options.
John
by John Coulter
Mon, 21 Sep 2015, 23:32
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

I agree. It would be far more energy efficient just to be able to use the batteries in the car but ours takes 240V AC in at the charging plug and has the conversion to 300V DC on board
by John Coulter
Mon, 21 Sep 2015, 22:13
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Solar charging
Replies: 21
Views: 2172

Solar charging

We have had a 3kW solar PV system on our house for many years so we are on the higher buy-back rate but cannot change this system without jeopardising this buy-back rate. 18 months ago we bought a Mitsubishi Outlander. This we charge at night so as to put the maximum solar electricty into the grid d...