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Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by David Williams, Jan 30, 2009.

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  1. -> Do I have to wire the inverter output to an isolated circuit for the device
    -> want to power?

    Basically, yes. The circuit doesn't *always* have to be isolated from
    the mains, but it must certainly be isolated when it is connected to
    the inverter. Rules in different jurisdications vary a bit, but
    basically there has to be a switching arrangement that makes certain
    that nothing is connected to the mains and to the inverter at the same

    The safe, simple way to do it is to have a completely separate circuit
    that receives power from the inverter and never from the mains. Just
    plug your device into whichever you want to use.

  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    If you don't live off-grid, making electricity yourself, especially PV solar is
    spectacularly stupid and expensive.

    Spend the money on insulation and a car with good mpg and you'll be being far
    'kinder to the planet'.

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