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Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by BlongTrendies(f): 12:08pm On Jun 17, 2020
These tutorials are elaborate. I have made some research on my own too. I will practice everything I have learnt when I order my items.

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Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 10:40pm On Jun 17, 2020
Elxandre:
I want just inverter and battery(ies) to power basic electronics set up, PS4, charge my devices, couple of fans.
Maybe to run for like 12 hours daily in the absence of Nepa.
How much would it cost?

Note no need for solar.

I will be explaining how to calculate your electrical load, so that you can on your own, make the decision according to your budget, and not depend on some professionals that are just out for massive profits.

Just like in buying a car, you can spend 70 million, while another spends 400k.

It's not really difficult, I assure you.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 10:48pm On Jun 17, 2020
BaEnki:
Thanks so much for sharing this sir @Mordecai.

I have just a question, please how can I dual charges(PHCN) the system? I don't wanna use just the sun.

Thank you.

You would just need to buy an inverter with an inbuilt charger. You would simply plug in the inverter to the mains. However, you would need your electrician to ensure the inverter circuit is separated from the PHCN circuit.

In everything you do, do not compromise your safety, please.

NB: By mains , we mean power from PHCN.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 11:00pm On Jun 17, 2020
In deciding what and what we need for our solar power, a number of things determine the kind of setup we do, chief of which is our budget.

But keep in mind that as I noted earlier, solar power is accessible to everyone, not just the rich. I mean, everyone.

Also, as we continue, I might be using some technical bogus-sounding terms which a number of us would be unfamiliar with. grin

Not to worry. Ignore their big names. I would do my best to explain and break them down as we go.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 11:39pm On Jun 17, 2020
LOAD.

This means the electrical devices, machines and equipment plugged into the power supply. Think of the power supply as a donkey and the plugged in equipment as the load.

If the load is too much for the donkey, it will collapse. And if you have just a little load, you don't need to look for the strongest donkey in the market.

When all the equipment are plugged in and powered on, we say the circuit is on FULL LOAD.

VOLTAGE

This simply means the electrical force. It is measured in volts with symbol V, eg 12v.

It can be AC or DC. AC is the type that comes from PHCN. DC is the type that comes from batteries.

It is generally believed that DC does not shock in small quantities, while AC shocks even for tiny currents. But I advise caution with both AC and DC. Also, apart from shocking, there are several other risks associated with electricity which we'll do well to warn you of as we go.

VOLTAGE RATING
Electrical and electronic devices have what we call voltage rating. This rating describes the kind of electrical power needed to power the device. It specifies if the device uses AC or DC. It specifies the amount of voltage needed to power it.

More on voltage ratings:

To charge your phone, for instance, you have to plug your charger into the wall socket. This is because the charger uses AC.
But the phone needs DC to charge its batteries. So the charger takes AC from the wall socket and gives out DC to the phone. So when you check the power rating of the charger, you'll see INPUT power and OUTPUT power.

For other simple devices, they simply take AC and do their work. There is no output power.

Take note of these small differences.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by iamsheybozz(m): 11:59pm On Jun 17, 2020
I barely drop comments here on nairaland but @mordecai sir I pray God blesses your labor of love
This thread just got my hopes alive
Thank you so much

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Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 5:42pm On Jun 18, 2020
@Mordecai
Thanks for fulfilling your promise.
This is great
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by BaEnki(m): 12:58am On Jun 21, 2020
Mordecai:


You would just need to buy an inverter with an inbuilt charger. You would simply plug in the inverter to the mains. However, you would need your electrician to ensure the inverter circuit is separated from the PHCN circuit.

In everything you do, do not compromise your safety, please.

NB: By mains , we mean power from PHCN.

Thank you sir.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 4:42pm On Jul 01, 2020
Mordecai:


I will be explaining how to calculate your electrical load, so that you can on your own, make the decision according to your budget, and not depend on some professionals that are just out for massive profits.

Just like in buying a car, you can spend 70 million, while another spends 400k.

It's not really difficult, I assure you.
Abi you still dey lockdown?
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by daemeyer(m): 6:50pm On Jul 01, 2020
psucc:
Abi you still dey lockdown?
seconded o
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 10:38pm On Jul 02, 2020
psucc:
Abi you still dey lockdown?

Lol. That's part of it.

Lifting of the lockdown has gotten me so busy. Work demands...

But I will get around to it, please.

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Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 6:26pm On Jul 10, 2020
mѧʏ ţһıs ţһяєѧԀ ňєνєя suғғєя ţһє zıѧomı ţһяєѧԀ ғѧţє.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 4:32pm On Jul 13, 2020
Mordecai:


I will be explaining how to calculate your electrical load, so that you can on your own, make the decision according to your budget, and not depend on some professionals that are just out for massive profits.

Just like in buying a car, you can spend 70 million, while another spends 400k.

It's not really difficult, I assure you.
Mordecai Mordecai Mordecai. How many times have I called you?

No all this thread die oooooooooo
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 8:22pm On Jul 13, 2020
Mordecai:
Solar power is considered out of reach of the average middle class income earner.

But is it?

Let's go into it, step by step.

I hope, by the information I'll be detailing below to encourage most low-income earners to adopt solar power for their needs. It is not as expensive as the resellers would have it be.

NB: I am not a professional. Most of the views I'll express will likely be as a result of my own experience.
Pleàs what can you say about this products?
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 6:55pm On Jul 18, 2020
a good student must be in class before his teacher.

I am waiting in class for our teacher, Sir Mordecai, I don't know if he will attend class today
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 6:42pm On Jul 24, 2020
Mordecai:

Lol. That's part of it.
Lifting of the lockdown has gotten me so busy. Work demands...
But I will get around to it, please.
This thread is dying sir.
Please kindly update us
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 7:00pm On Jul 24, 2020
psucc:
This thread is dying sir.

Please kindly update us

Tomorrow, unfailingly. Tomorrow.

Thanks, psucc. You've really kept me on my toes grin
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 8:11pm On Jul 24, 2020
Mordecai:


Tomorrow, unfailingly. Tomorrow.

Thanks, psucc. You've really kept me on my toes grin
ANNOUNCEMENT

All participants on the this thread should get ready as out teacher, Mordecai will be in class.

If you miss the class "blame the other man"

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Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by mahkanjuh: 9:10pm On Jul 24, 2020
psucc:
ANNOUNCEMENT

All participants on the this thread should get ready as out teacher, Mordecai will be in class.

If you miss the class "blame the other man"
Yes Sir
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 6:19pm On Jul 25, 2020
WATTHOUR

Load is measured in Watts (W). When you turn on a 6W bulb, the bulb draws 6W from the power source. So at every point in time, the bulb is consuming a power of 6W.
If the bulb runs for a period of 1 hour, it would have consumed energy of 6W for one hour amounting to 6W x 1hour = 6Watthours (6Wh for short).

If it runs for 2 hours, it would have consumed 6W x 2hrs = 12Wh.

If a fan of 60W runs for 2.5hours, it would have consumed 60W x 2.5hrs = 150Wh

That is a simple explanation for the concept of the Watthour.

AMPEREHOUR AH

When a battery is charging, it takes current from the charger and stores it, just like a tank stores water. The battery storage is measured in Amperehours (AH for short).

10AH capacity means that when fully charged, the battery can let a load draw 1A for 10 hours. Or draw 10A for 1 hour. Or draw 5A for 2 hours.

At this point, we can go ahead to analyse our electricity needs. Any other jargon that comes up will be explained as we go. You don't have to let them bother you. You'll do just fine.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 6:56pm On Jul 25, 2020
The first information we will be requiring in this project is knowing how much power we need.

To do this, we will list out all the appliances we intend to power with solar electricity in our household, whether on a regular basis or not.

I will advise at this point, to keep our budget in view also. If the budget is not huge, we might not wish to add power-hogging equipment like electric heaters, freezers, pressing irons, to our list.


The list will look something like this:

Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 7:39pm On Jul 25, 2020
The next thing we have to do will be to list the power consumption against the device. We will create a new column and record the power each device/equipment consumes.

Most equipment and devices have their rated power consumption labelled on them. Some others, like ceiling fans, standing fans, etc may not. Below is a list of some of them with their observed average power consumptions.

Ceiling fans - 75w
Standing fans - 75w
Industrial fans - 150w
Decoders - 25w
DVD players - 30w
30 - 32 inches plasma TV - 150w
42 - 45 inches plasma TV - 250w
50 inches plasma TV - 300w
30 - 32 inches LCD TV - 60w
42 - 45 inches LCD TV - 90w
30 - 32 inches LED TV - 27w
42 - 45 inches LED TV - 33w
50 - 55 inches LED TV - 55w
32 inches CRT TV - 120w

If the power rating is labelled on the equipment, use it. Refer to my list only if it is not labelled, please.

For our project, we will assume that all our bulbs will be LED bulbs. If you are using any other bulb eg tungsten bulb (the normal yellow bulb that gets hot), or energy bulb (the ones that look like small fluorescent tubes), please change them as soon as you can. They have no place in an energy-efficient house.

After drawing up the list we would expect to have some thing like the following:

Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 8:02pm On Jul 25, 2020
Glory! Hallelujah!
Na who say the Lord is not good?
Our teacher finally return to class.
Good day, Sir Mordecai!
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Lokoyen(m): 8:36pm On Jul 25, 2020
psucc:
Glory! Hallelujah!

Na who say the Lord is not good?

Our teacher finally return to class.

Good day, Sir Mordecai!

grin
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by jiday4(m): 9:48pm On Jul 25, 2020
Welcome back , Mordecai the great
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Mordecai(m): 7:44am On Jul 26, 2020
Thanks to the mods/supermods for reviewing the posts and lifting the ban placed on me and my last posts by the antispam bot.

Does anyone know why the bot does that? Is there anything I'm doing wrong in my posts? I'd really appreciate it if anyone that has experienced it can guide me.

Thanks also to y'all for your patience.

Well, we'll continue shortly...
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by Penuelseun(m): 9:40am On Jul 26, 2020
Mordecai:
Thanks to the mods/supermods for reviewing the posts and lifting the ban placed on me and my last posts by the antispam bot.

Does anyone know why the bot does that? Is there anything I'm doing wrong in my posts? I'd really appreciate it if anyone that has experienced it can guide me.

Thanks also to y'all for your patience.

Well, we'll continue shortly...
I think it hates calculations because I also get the ban when I post figures
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 9:43am On Jul 26, 2020
Mordecai:
Thanks to the mods/supermods for reviewing the posts and lifting the ban placed on me and my last posts by the antispam bot.

Does anyone know why the bot does that? Is there anything I'm doing wrong in my posts? I'd really appreciate it if anyone that has experienced it can guide me.

Thanks also to y'all for your patience.

Well, we'll continue shortly...
Don't mind the enemies of progress. God on our side we will defeat them.

Ride on!
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by elebua: 12:42pm On Jul 26, 2020
Mordecai:
Let us assume a household with 6 light bulbs, 2 ceiling fans, a standing fan, a couple of phone and laptop chargers.

While I appreciate your effort for a detailed explanation of the solar power system, I want to know the cost of installing a solar power that would carry my 55" TV, fan and light. Please make your response as succinct as possible. I am in Warri. I am waiting with bathedbreath.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 8:05pm On Jul 27, 2020
To:
@Mordecai
and other gurus

Please I need to know who is in Akwa Ibom State that can teach the Solar system installation very well.

2. Duration of training
3. Cost implications
4. Any other valuable information

NB: All information MUST be done here on NL for a witness.

The guy is ready.

Only Honest people please.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by psucc(m): 1:54pm On Aug 01, 2020
@Mordecai

Today is Saturday and you're not here nor attend to personal requests.

I know you're doing this voluntarily, in addition to your engagements, please do try keep this post alive.

We are following you.
Re: Solar Power For An Average Middle Class Household by chelseamann(m): 9:11pm On Aug 09, 2020
If you need solar to be installed for you in Enugu or close by..chat me up with the number in my signature.

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