The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Produce Solar Power at Home

The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Produce Solar Power at Home

I’ve gotten some comments from people saying this is illegal in some places. This video is not meant to imply that you can just connect to the grid and feed back into it without an agreement with your local utility, it is just intended to show you one way you can easily grid tie and backfeed if you have an agreement or want to get one with your local utility to grid tie.

I thought I’d have to spend a lot of money, but it ended up being cheaper than ever to get my solar system feeding back into the grid.

It used to be that you had to invest a lot of money in a solar power system. Despite that solar panels eventually paid for themselves in energy cost savings, it was a really expensive initial investment. Then there were government tax credits for renewable energy that made solar systems much more affordable to the average American. This led to the increased production of solar panels and the driving down of prices. Now technological advance is bringing costs down even more, and the technical know how to set up a solar power system like this is simpler than ever.

If you are still using grid power from fossil fuel you are propping up people and corporations that are responsible for our current government and for the system we have that benefits corporate interests over the public interest. The best way to ensure that these people lose power is to stop giving them money by becoming energy independent. It’s never been easier or cheaper, so why aren’t you doing it?

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20 Comments on “The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Produce Solar Power at Home”

  1. There are plenty of 12V grid tie inverters available on the market that automatically cut off if the grid goes down for the safety of linesmen working to repair the grid. They cut out so they don't back feed into the grid causing it to be live while linesmen believe it to be dead. These grid tie inverters are also called " plug and play inverters " because there is no wiring work involved, you just plug them into a wall outlet and they feed power to your home. If you are producing and feeding more electricity through the grid tie inverter than your home is using at any time the access electricity goes through your meter and into the grid. The power company only gives you a fraction of the money that they charge you for the same amount of electricity.

  2. My Utility rates with FPL in Miami are tough to beat right now, and my average bill is under $150/mo…. With cost of solar still dropping better off waiting. The money will be better spent reducing energy consumption, like a higher eff AC unit. And maybe an instant on water heater.

  3. You wouldn't be allowed to do this here in Florida. They just passed laws that only those certified to install solar energy systems are allowed to tie it into the grid. And every home must be hooked to the grid here in Florida. Thanks RICK SCOTT burn in hell.

  4. if you connect your panels in series instead of parallel you can up your voltage but end up with the same amount of watts so you could use the microconverters

  5. I think you should, if you can, show a video of how to buy, install and hookup 1 solar panel and micro converter at a time. This way more people will be motivated to turn to solar power, while being able to afford it. Then maybe within 1 year of doing 1 panel at a time method most people could become fully solar powered. Just an idea! Thanks for all your great videos

  6. contact altE store for best info.    net metering will soon be a thing of the past      off grid is the best or hybrid system.      great vif.

  7. There is so much good info on the internet re: solar electric. One factor to be wiser about is battery life. Lithium is expensive but will last many times longer than lead acid so look beyond first cost and be prepared to monitor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH5cAuaCYKw Unfortunately the government is reversing direction (just like the Reagan years) so look for costs to go up and subsidies to go away. And altho' Will Prowse's videos and book are aimed at van and RV dwellers, I find his advice and how-to's helpful: http://www.mobile-solarpower.com/the-book.html & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUzLxLBqzsU (I am not connected in any way to these resources). Best regards, Rich

  8. Do you have a safety system that shuts off the power back feed to the grid when there is a power outage?

  9. You can connect them in series and create a 24v input for each inverter. This will give you the requirements from the micro inverter. The serials connect are connected by attaching the positive of one panel to the negative of the other. The remaining 2 wires will be the input into the micro inverter

  10. Use all of your electrical devices during the day and you may not be back feeding, but consuming everything you are producing during the day, and not using the grid as much during the night since you did most of your electrical needs during the day.

  11. You could (possibly) wire two of those panels in series, and connect them to a micro inverter. That would kind of mimic a larger '24 volt nominal' panel. Check of course that the micro inverter can handle the output of the panels though, for safety. (Should only 'use' what they can handle but… cheap Chinese things… never know. :P)

    Those inverters like you got are fine, if you don't need it to be UL listed.

  12. Good video. Thanks Dan. They finally allow net metering here in Lubbock, TX, but I use so little power, usually less than 50kWh/mo that it would actually cost me more to do net metering because they increase the base fee from like $8 to $20/mo and you don't get any money back from producing more than you consume, you only get what you use cancelled out. I've thought about doing it anyway, just to get the co-op workers more experience-maybe eventually they'll make the terms better if enough people do it. I guess it might still make sense for large consumers. I've got most of the components for an off grid system, so I guess I'll probably do that first.

  13. Check the laws where you live before you do this. In my area this is illegal and could get you in a lot of trouble. A battery solar system is a better way to go.

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