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« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2018, 09:16:17 AM »

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85no 58mm solar thermal tubes, 28.5Kw PV, 3 x Sunny Backup 5048, 3x Sunny Island 5048, 2795 Ah (135kWh) (c20) Rolls batteries 48v, Atmos wood gasification boiler, Brosley wood burner, 2000lt buffer tank and 250lt DHW
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« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2018, 10:57:38 PM »

Good advice on VAT lads, Thank you. I'll pay the 20% and run them through the accountant and see how we go. I'd rather risk the financial hit than have to keep dealing with the installer again. They taste of 1980's double glazing sales.

I am blowing out the original installer as they have been horrendous communicators since they made a mess of the battery install and the  sh*tfan They broke two confirmed battery install dates one without notice and left me sitting like a  whistlie at the house. Their fitter was in North Wales when i phoned to inquire as to his arrival time at our house in NE Scotland! I learned many years ago that when you have dirt on your shoe its best to wipe it off as fast as possible and just move on. Smiley

On the upside, it feels good to be moving on and taking control of the battery install. I detest waiting for someone else to perform and then they don't! My wife is in Singapore at the moment so empty unless the kids go round and the house is running on 4kwh per day and zero gas. Two fridges, two freezers and a hot tub cleaning cycle each day. The system has cranked out 968 kwh since 8th June. This Summer has been a great time to see solar in action for the 1st time.
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Huge insulation depth.
5.12 kw PV system with Solaredge.
4.8 kw Pylon tech battery storage.
All low energy bulbs.
Solar I boost charging 200 ltr OSO system tank.
Balanced wet system.
Wood fired thermosiphon cedar hot tub.
Masanobu Fukuoka inspired veg garden & fruit trees.
4 composters & Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2018, 04:50:03 AM »

Finally have the batteries up and running on 1st Sept. Its been a long while coming (install was 8th June)! Really chuffed with the Goodwe monitoring software and also the reality of the batteries acting as a buffer throughout daylight hours before switching to the expected discharge role in the hours of darkness. It turns out that there was not a battery problem but instead a poor termination on a lead running from charge controller to isolation switch battery side. No matter, its all good now!

Goodwe UK service manager 'Colin Poulter' was an absolute star and i can't recommend him highly enough, total professional, excellent communicator and did what he said he would. First4Solar who carried out the initial install have been incredibly poor and unprofessional from 1st day rocking up without the right tools, getting the cabling wrong, then breaking dates to rectify multiple times with THE worst support service I have come across in a tech company. The price was good, most of the install went well but they just didn't seem to have the will or inclination to return after install date and sort it out.

For that reason i would not recommend them. I am an Alpha male with a tech background so don't mind getting into it to make sure it gets done, could see others being a bit bolloxed if First4solar let them down. Avoid, avoid, avoid! And breath. Smiley
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Huge insulation depth.
5.12 kw PV system with Solaredge.
4.8 kw Pylon tech battery storage.
All low energy bulbs.
Solar I boost charging 200 ltr OSO system tank.
Balanced wet system.
Wood fired thermosiphon cedar hot tub.
Masanobu Fukuoka inspired veg garden & fruit trees.
4 composters & Smiley
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