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Grid Tie Inverters

For most people a simple system containing a few PV solar panels, leisure baterries and an inverter is their starting point, however it is now possible to expand this simple system and make some positive savings. You can achieve this by adding a 'Grid-Tie Inverter', these range in price from about £75 to £1,000 plus. They are more or less plug and play as they come with a lead and plug ready to plug into you house electricity supply (some bigger models do need hard wiring and a qualified electrician would be recommended).

It works like this, supposing you were using the PC and a few lights in your home which in total were drawing about 150 watts and you had a couple of solar panels connected to a 'Grid-tie inverter' plugged into your home 13 amp power socket supplying 200 watts of power. Then your PC and lights would be powered entirely by your solar panels and the 50 watts surplus would be lost to the national grid. Like wise if your PC and lights etc totalled 250 watts then you would only be using 100 watts of grid power and you would be making a saving on you grid power supply.

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