How to Install Home Solar Storage

How to Install Home Solar Storage

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey learns how to add storage to an existing photovoltaic array.

Time: 1 day

Cost: Varies based on system size

Skill Level: Professional

Tools List:
PVC pipe cutter
Philips screwdriver
Wire strippers

Shopping List:
AC Battery
Electrical Conduit
12 gauge wiring

1. Before doing any electrical work, ensure the power is turned off at the breaker panel. Professional installation is recommended for this project.
2. Run four 12 gauge conductors from a 240V breaker at the main electrical panel to the location
3. Attach battery brackets to structure.
4. Run electrical conduit between each bracket.
5. Run four 12 gauge conductors between each bracket. Strip the ends of the conductors and insert them into the appropriate slot of the bracket.
6. Attach each battery to the wall mount bracket.
7. Plug the battery into the port on the bracket.
8. Restore power to the circuit.

19 Comments on “How to Install Home Solar Storage”

  1. dont ever feed back into the grid.. they dont pay you anymore or little at all… they will make you keep that hook up charge you 30 bucks a month even if you dont use it.. its a sham and uncle sam is in bed with power water and food people…. use battery banks sure pay that 30 bucks a month but thats it.. never grid tie.. never buy the panels off of power companies why… they own them you dont they can damage your roof and they are not responsible… why would you help the power companies.. there for profit now not for humanity… get a wind generator too

  2. Leaving out the cost again shm. I've looked into energy storage and that shits expensive. The only thing that I've seen that is cost effective on a house scale is using energy to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen then when you need it back, just run the hydrogen and oxygen through a fuel cell.

  3. Convert to ac just to convert back to DC:/ I know ac is good for long distances but that's not that long of a distance

  4. The micro inverter is for grid tie use, as stated on this product's web page. However, in this installation, the solar energy setup is for off grid. How does this micro inverter work in the off grid phase?

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