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Solar Power in Auckland

Hi there, I'm a student at Otago Polytechnic and currently working on a project stated as: "Solar powering Auckland". The mentioned link is a questionnaire (annonymous) that would require your honest feedback which in turn would enable me to conduct an analysis ...
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09 May 17 04:32 PM - By Bobby Sethi
09 May '17 04:32 PM
By Bobby Sethi
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Assessing solar system size

Morning all, Question for those who have taken the solar leap - how did you establish the size of your solar system (kW) prior to installation? Was this based upon fundamentals (daily load profile), monthly power bill, guidance from an electrician or ...
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05 May 17 11:55 AM - By dmulally
05 May '17 11:55 AM
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Solar For Pool Heating?

Has anyone here had success with heating their pool with Solar? I am looking for cheaper alternatives to heat my pool and solar seems to be a good idea. As a side point, does anyone have a good company I can ...
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07 Apr 17 10:49 AM - By andymontop01
07 Apr '17 10:49 AM
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New Ecobob Forum

Hi All, I have just created this new forum. Solar Power has been a really popular topic on Ecobob, so I have created a new space specifically for solar related questions and feedback. Kind regards, Kristy ...
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12 Mar 17 10:48 AM - By rahim
12 Mar '17 10:48 AM
By rahim
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Panels on southeast roof worthwhile?

We were only able to get 8 panels on northwest and 2 on northwest. It's not really enough. I'm considering if it's worthwhile adding 4 to the southeast or not. 20 degree roof will get sun ...
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22 Jan 17 03:26 PM - By AlCan
22 Jan '17 03:26 PM
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Summer/Winter difference

We use a lot of electricity with a pool pump operating 6+ hours during the summer and underfloor heating in winter via heat pump and water pipes in concrete floor. A PHEV hybrid electric SUV. We recently took the plunge ...
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15 Dec 16 02:06 AM - By Ross L
15 Dec '16 02:06 AM
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Another Meridian Tariff Change

OK, now Meridian tell me they are switching to 8c buy-back all year round - has anyone run the numbers? I'm now totally confused. The letter of course sounds like they're giving us the biggest present ever - ...
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12 Dec 16 01:22 PM - By SolarKristy
12 Dec '16 01:22 PM
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Another Meridian Tariff Change

OK, now Meridian tell me they are switching to 8c buy-back all year round - has anyone run the numbers? I'm now totally confused. The letter of course sounds like they're giving us the biggest present ever - ...
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05 Oct 16 03:30 PM - By Maxim
05 Oct '16 03:30 PM
By Maxim
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Which Power retailer?

Hi all, Need some advice. We just got solar installed (2.65kW) at home and I am not sure who the best Power provider is. We are currently with Genesis who have a 5.45cents buy back but also get a dual ...
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30 Sep 16 02:29 PM - By Alfie
30 Sep '16 02:29 PM
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Batteries and DOD

Hi So what happens to your batteries after they have been discharged past their normal DOD? Not just once but lets say after 10 years of use? Do they just die and not hold any charge anymore or do they just not hold ...
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27 Jul 16 08:33 PM - By rd400f
27 Jul '16 08:33 PM
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PV Off Grid Micro Inverters to Power Your Hot Water Element

CyboInverter in the USA have released an on\off grid micro DC to AC inverter that allows 4 solar panels to feed directly to your HWC element, via the standart thermostat etc. Strings of these inverters can be plugged together to ...
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25 Jul 16 01:30 PM - By rd400f
25 Jul '16 01:30 PM
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New to Solar

Hello, Im new to solar and we are currently looking at building a 11x4m bach but have no access to power. Im wondering if someone could point me in the right direction or a place to start? We are only ...
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Reconditioning batteries

I just got a property and in it i have a little house that i'm trying to make self sustainable. I want it to be completely off-grid. At least in terms of power. I'm using 2 solar panels and a wind ...
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