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Gareth and Kate's Off-Grid Power Solution

Gareth & Kate are in the process of building a new home near Binalong.
They will be living in a shed-house temporarily while building their home over the next 2 years.

The property is on a rocky hill and it would be very difficult and expensive to connect grid power to the site.
An off-grid power system provided a more cost-effective solution than connecting to the grid.

Off-Grid Power and Battery System

Gareth & Kate’s new off-grid power system was completed in Oct 2020.

Specs
Solar PV: 5.4 kW
Inverter: 5.0 kW
Battery: 12 kWh
Generator: 9 kVA

15 x LG NeON2 360W PV panels were installed on the shed-house.
The Battery ESS, 5 kW Inverter charger, and MPTT solar regulator were installed in an adjacent converted shipping container.

This 9 kVA Diesel Generator was integrated into the system to provide backup power.

It has auto start functionality which is fully programmable via a Victron Color Control panel installed in the Victron EasySolar unit.

A battery cabinet with the capability to fit 8 rack-mounted battery modules was installed.

12 kWh energy storage capacity was installed at this stage while living in the shed-house
(3 x 4 kWh battery modules).

When the construction of the main home has been completed, the storage capacity can be expanded with additional modules to suit increased energy requirements.

VRM mobile App

The system is connected to Victron Remote Management (VRM).

The VRM portal allows remote monitoring of Victron Energy equipment.
SolarWise Wagga can access it to monitor the system, and apply program adjustments if necessary.

A pet goat named Primo kept us company and took a liking to our team member Jake.

Off-Grid Power and Energy Storage System

Off-Grid Power System - Main Components

Victron Energy – EasySolar

All-in-one solar power solution

  • MPPT Solar Charge Controller
  • Inverter/Charger
  • AC distribution

Color Control panel
– Prioritizes battery charging by the MPPT charge controller
– Internet connection enables remote monitoring and control

EasySolar Datasheet

PowerPlus Energy – Eco Series.

4 kWh LiFePO4 Battery Modules

Australian Designed – Australian Made – Australian Owned

Eco Series Datasheet

LG Solar – NeON 2

High-performance Solar PV Modules

  • Power: 360W
  • Product warranty: 25 years
  • “CELLO” Technology
  • Bi-facial cells
  • N-type cells – Low LID
  • Improved high temp performance
  • Enhanced low light performance
LG NeON2 Datasheet

System Monitoring

Victron Energy – Color Control, Battery Monitor, App

VRM Dashboard – Display examples

Victron Remote Management is a free service provided by Victron Energy.

Victron Remote Management Dashboard [VRM]

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