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Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Truvelisback(m): 3:36pm On Feb 17
Good day, fellas. Considering the hike in Fuel and Nepa bill coupled with epileptic power supply in Naija. Now, guys using Solar energy instead of Nepa or Gen. How do you guys do it? What type do you use? How do you manage it? I'm thinking of using solar but i would like you to share your experience.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 3:59pm On Feb 17
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Truvelisback(m): 4:03pm On Feb 17
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.
How much did it cost?

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Geovanni412(m): 4:17pm On Feb 17
Truvelisback:
Good day, fellas. Considering the hike in Fuel and Nepa bill coupled with epileptic power supply in Naija. Now, guys using Solar energy instead of Nepa or Gen. How do you guys do it? What type do you use? How do you manage it? I'm thinking of using solar but i would like you to share your experience.

You are still thinking

Whilst you are thinking, ask about the budget and put the money in dollars

Then conclude your investigation and continue

Anyway, if you are in the South East, I can link you up with the guy that installed our own

It is a heavy investment, for 3-bedroom apartment, you may need minimum of 3 million to run it

Duplex, you should be talking close to 10 million.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by talk2hb1(m): 4:18pm On Feb 17
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.
10,000 Watts that's hooge!

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 4:18pm On Feb 17
Truvelisback:
How much did it cost?

Hmm!

That would be difficult because I upgraded over time to the present specification I mentioned.

I don't have any idea on the current prices of the items.

60A 150v epever mppt charge controller 6 years ago was 100k

Kartel inverter 3.5kva, 12v 2 years ago was about 200k ( if I remember correctly)

4 Tubular batteries 220A over a year ago at 145k each

10 Canadian solar 350w monocrystalline solar panels (second hand) at 40k each bought 6 years ago.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Dyfynezz12(m): 4:23pm On Feb 17
matify83:


Hmm!

That would be difficult because I upgraded over time to the present specification I mentioned.

I don't have any idea on the current prices of the items.

60A 150v epever mppt charge controller 6 years ago was 100k

Kartel inverter 3.5kva, 12v 2 years ago was about 200k ( if I remember correctly)

4 Tubular batteries 220A over a year ago at 145k each

10 Canadian solar 350w monocrystalline solar panels (second hand) at 40k each bought 6 years ago.
But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 4:30pm On Feb 17
Dyfynezz12:

But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy

I hope so.

I don't reside in Lagos but I order my stuffs from there and they waybill to me in the North central.

I have been fortunate to deal with some honest sellers whom I have never met one on one.

Most reliable amongst them is PENIEL BUSINESS LINKS at alaba market.

You can Google him up

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by elipheleh(m): 4:32pm On Feb 17
Dyfynezz12:

But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy
If it is DIY, then 2m can do it.
- Budget about 1.5m for LifeP04 battery + charging unit combo. This kind of product is a combination of the best battery lithium iron phosphate iv battery & the charge controller + inverter
- use about 500k to purchase panels.

Then do the connection yourself. No need to call any electrician.
Everything is like plug and play

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 4:36pm On Feb 17
elipheleh:

If it is DIY, then 2m can do it.
- Budget about 1.5m for LiP04 battery + charging unit combo. This kind of product is a combination of the best battery lithium phosphate iv battery & the charge controller + inverter
- use about 500k to purchase panels.

Then do the connection yourself. No need to call any electrician.
Everything is like plug and play

You are correct.

LifePo4 battery is the way to go.

My next upgrade will be in that direction.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Dyfynezz12(m): 5:10pm On Feb 17
matify83:


I hope so.

I don't reside in Lagos but I order my stuffs from there and they waybill to me in the North central.

I have been fortunate to deal with some honest sellers whom I have never met one on one.

Most reliable amongst them is PENIEL BUSINESS LINKS at alaba market.

You can Google him up
Ok,thanks I reside at Abia state but I do come to Lagos frequently for business
I will check the person out

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Dyfynezz12(m): 5:11pm On Feb 17
elipheleh:

If it is DIY, then 2m can do it.
- Budget about 1.5m for LifeP04 battery + charging unit combo. This kind of product is a combination of the best battery lithium iron phosphate iv battery & the charge controller + inverter
- use about 500k to purchase panels.

Then do the connection yourself. No need to call any electrician.
Everything is like plug and play
Ok, thanks
Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by jmoore(m): 5:38pm On Feb 17
elipheleh:

If it is DIY, then 2m can do it.
- Budget about 1.5m for LifeP04 battery + charging unit combo. This kind of product is a combination of the best battery lithium iron phosphate iv battery & the charge controller + inverter
- use about 500k to purchase panels.

Then do the connection yourself. No need to call any electrician.
Everything is like plug and play
How many watts will this connection generate?

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Yorubafonja: 5:55pm On Feb 17
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.
4 *220 ah battery . Parallel is not a good idea sha,
24 volts or 36 volts is more efficient

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by youngrhosy(m): 6:36pm On Feb 17
Dyfynezz12:

But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy

Yea.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by westlius(m): 6:52pm On Feb 17
Yorubafonja:

4 *220 ah battery . Parallel is not a good idea sha,
24 volts or 36 volts is more efficient
Pls what will it generate

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 6:57pm On Feb 17
Yorubafonja:

4 *220 ah battery . Parallel is not a good idea sha,
24 volts or 36 volts is more efficient

The inverter is a 12v 3.5kva.

I can't do otherwise. However, I get more longevity from this arrangement than when I was using a 24v 2.5 kva Felicity inverter.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by BRIGHTSOLAR(m): 7:09pm On Feb 17
Contact

Bright Energy

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Suicideboy: 8:15pm On Feb 17
I use bike dynamo and bio gas digester

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by sorepco(m): 9:06pm On Feb 17
How much did everything cost u?

matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Yorubafonja: 1:21am On Feb 18
matify83:


The inverter is a 12v 3.5kva.

I can't do otherwise. However, I get more longevity from this arrangement than when I was using a 24v 2.5 kva Felicity inverter.
Most original inverter manufacturers don't produce 3.5kva on 12v because is not efficient,
You can never see sukam or genius 3.5kva in 12 volts, maximum you can see on 12v is around 1kca 1.2kva etc,
Original 3.5 kva comes in 48 volts or thereabouts

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Gadafii: 1:56am On Feb 18
In Nigeria we provide our own light, security, jobs, sometimes fixed our own roads cos govt had abandoned it for years, I want to askā€¦. What exactly are we benefiting from govt as Nigerians ?

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by GerogeI(m): 2:09am On Feb 18
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.

This your claim get as I be.
Most times a 300 watt rated panel will give you 50 to 100w effective power. So your 10 panels will give you 500W to 1Kw instant power. That's 1 pass my neighbour generator at best. More often your effective power is about 700W. AC is at least 1 hp, solar chest freezer is 100w, inverter fridge is 200w. Plus lighting ,TV, fan etc. There is no way 10 solar panels can power everything in your house. You are either supplementing from grid or running your home appliances one at a time.

Do not give peeps false expectation. Your effective power will be 10 to 20% of your installed capacity.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by JustPowerApps(m): 2:11am On Feb 18
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.

WoW, amazing!
Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by franchasofficia: 4:34am On Feb 18
matify83:
It's splendid!

I use a 3.5kva 12v kartel inverter and 4 220AH tubular batteries I connected in parallel to make 880AH.

I power virtually every thing in the house including an lg inverter AC for most of the afternoons , an lg inverter fridge/freezer and a bona solar chest freezer.

I've been fully off grid for going to 6 years by May and I don't have any regrets at all.

The installation was done DIY with little touch by my electrician.
This 3.5kva solar system with 4 220ah tubular batteries today will cost between 2.3m to 2.6million depending on the battery brand.


If you add the cost of those your inverter ac, freezer and fridge, it should be around 5million to 6million in today's price.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by franchasofficia: 4:41am On Feb 18
Dyfynezz12:

But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy
no.


3.5kva inverter today is 350,000 to 380k

80amps Charge controller around 150k

100amps changeover - 7,000

4 220ah Luminous tubular batteries - 340,000 x 4

10 350w used Canada mono solar panel - 75,000 x 10


Circuit breaker - 70,000

Cables - 100,000 - 150,000

Battery rack - 20,000


Installation labor - 60,000

Sum it up

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by matify83: 5:03am On Feb 18
GerogeI:


This your claim get as I be.
Most times a 300 watt rated panel will give you 50 to 100w effective power. So your 10 panels will give you 500W to 1Kw instant power. That's 1 pass my neighbour generator at best. More often your effective power is about 700W. AC is at least 1 hp, solar chest freezer is 100w, inverter fridge is 200w. Plus lighting ,TV, fan etc. There is no way 10 solar panels can power everything in your house. You are either supplementing from grid or running your home appliances one at a time.

Do not give peeps false expectation. Your effective power will be 10 to 20% of your installed capacity.

I clearly stated in my post that the AC runs basically in the afternoons only.

There is no way an off grid solar user can be running all his appliances at the same time and for 24 hours continuously.

Lightening only come up at nights

My fans are Qasa standing fans, very energy efficient.X 6

I'm not a TV person but use about 3 hours for the kids (56W Lg tv)

Ironing is done in regimented fashion about 3 times a week and between 10am and 3pm

Pumping of water is also done at the peak of the sun using a 1hp electric pump.

Of course I go to work, same as my wife and kids (to school). The system is not always under stress as you are painting it except on weekends.

I'm not a a politician nor a pastor, I don't sell hope.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Tallesty1(m): 6:31am On Feb 18
Dyfynezz12:

But Boss can 2m get me this in this current economy
Your budget should be 3.5 million to 5 million..

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by Pedrocross4568(m): 7:11am On Feb 18
GerogeI:


This your claim get as I be.
Most times a 300 watt rated panel will give you 50 to 100w effective power. So your 10 panels will give you 500W to 1Kw instant power. That's 1 pass my neighbour generator at best. More often your effective power is about 700W. AC is at least 1 hp, solar chest freezer is 100w, inverter fridge is 200w. Plus lighting ,TV, fan etc. There is no way 10 solar panels can power everything in your house. You are either supplementing from grid or running your home appliances one at a time.

Do not give peeps false expectation. Your effective power will be 10 to 20% of your installed capacity.


You are missing the fact. The solar panels are used to power the batteries. The actual output is coming from the inverter. so the inverter is 3.5 kVA. all those home appliances you listed are powered by the the 3.5 kVA inverter.

What you should be worrying about is how long the power supply last, due to the fact he doesn't have enough solar panels to power the batteries and than again there is every possible that he still use grid to change the battery.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by DesChyko: 7:35am On Feb 18
Truvelisback:
Good day, fellas. Considering the hike in Fuel and Nepa bill coupled with epileptic power supply in Naija. Now, guys using Solar energy instead of Nepa or Gen. How do you guys do it? What type do you use? How do you manage it? I'm thinking of using solar but i would like you to share your experience.

This is not an easy decision to make. For a seamless transition where you can join the Green conversation and get startup ideas for free, I advise you to look up Fapemz thread on Nairaland. Get his number and buzz him on WhatsApp. He is very responsive and has a community for solar enthusiasts like us.

I did and started my solar journey cheaply and easily. The way I see and think energy now since I joined the community is not something I could have picked up from the street, but off people with similar energy needs, living in a chaotic Nigerian economy. I'm constantly thinking of ways to improve my setup. In there, Generator is hardly mentioned.

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Re: Guys Using Solar Energy Instead Of Nepa Or Gen. by duduade: 7:38am On Feb 18
Truvelisback:
Good day, fellas. Considering the hike in Fuel and Nepa bill coupled with epileptic power supply in Naija. Now, guys using Solar energy instead of Nepa or Gen. How do you guys do it? What type do you use? How do you manage it? I'm thinking of using solar but i would like you to share your experience.

If you are in Lagos I can hook you up with my link

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