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SolarPanelTalk.com: Restrictions by Electirc Companies for BYO Panels

Posted in Solar Panel by TenagaSurya on July 22, 2011

Restrictions by Electirc Companies for BYO Panels

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07-22-2011, 10:13 AM
traderneal
Restrictions by Electirc Companies for BYO Panels

What are the restrictions to using your own byo solar panels if you want to hook them up in an on-grid system and can we sell the excess electric back that is not used?


07-22-2011, 10:22 AM
Sunking

Real simple, you cannot use them is the only restriction.


07-22-2011, 12:36 PM
traderneal

Well I will be using them with or without their permission. It is my house. They are not the authority of what I can do to my house. There are a ton of people that do use them this way ie to supplement their electric. Are you sure you understood my question?


07-22-2011, 01:18 PM
russ

Your question is well understood. Your house or not, the electric grid isn’t yours – you are connecting into the property of others. Go totally off grid if you wish to do as you please – still an insurance problem though and in many places there are building code restrictions.

Unless an item is UL approved (or by an equivalent group) it is not legal to plug in to the grid.

Doing so makes it entirely possible for you to be disconnected from the grid as a penalty and in the event of a firs your homeowners insurance is most likely void.

This is to protect people from DIY items and shoddy items than are often totally unsafe.

If people are dumping power back into the grid and a lineman is shocked when thinking the system is dead he ain’t gonna be happy.


07-22-2011, 01:32 PM
traderneal

Quote:
Originally Posted by russ
Your question is well understood. Your house or not, the electric grid isn’t yours – you are connecting into the property of others. Go totally off grid if you wish to do as you please – still an insurance problem though and in many places there are building code restrictions.

Unless an item is UL approved (or by an equivalent group) it is not legal to plug in to the grid.

Doing so makes it entirely possible for you to be disconnected from the grid as a penalty and in the event of a firs your homeowners insurance is most likely void.

This is to protect people from DIY items and shoddy items than are often totally unsafe.

If people are dumping power back into the grid and a lineman is shocked when thinking the system is dead he ain’t gonna be happy.


I’m not stupid that’s why I’m asking so I can do it properly. I feel the answer was very poorly addressed and I will go to another forum as this one seems too commercial. It’s obvious that there is a safe way to do this without having to pay a high cost for a commercial system. If this was a true diy self forum there would be support to diy. Anyway good job promoting “safe” commercial electricity for your contractors union. If the meter doesn’t turn backwards it shouldn’t go back to the grid. I’m sure there is a way around this. Anyway thanks for the “conversation” or should I say talking down to. /no longer a member of this group!


07-22-2011, 02:12 PM
russ

Quote:
Originally Posted by traderneal
I’m not stupid that’s why I’m asking so I can do it properly. I feel the answer was very poorly addressed and I will go to another forum as this one seems too commercial. It’s obvious that there is a safe way to do this without having to pay a high cost for a commercial system. If this was a true diy self forum there would be support to diy. Anyway good job promoting “safe” commercial electricity for your contractors union. If the meter doesn’t turn backwards it shouldn’t go back to the grid. I’m sure there is a way around this. Anyway thanks for the “conversation” or should I say talking down to. /no longer a member of this group!

Please go – no problem. No one here is going to recommend taking illegal actions.

Quote, ‘If the meter doesn’t turn backwards it shouldn’t go back to the grid’ That makes no sense whatsoever.

I would recommend some green/survivalist site where loony is the norm and safety, building codes etc are of no interest.

Everyone is a part of society whether they or society likes it or not. Rules, codes etc are there for a reason and not to be picked and chosen at one’s convenience when one does not even understand them.


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