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Baggywrinkles

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We have solar panels but the electronics are not working and are very old. and are wondering if anybody else has contacted Iberdrola to feed back the electricity produced. How long before you see your money back ?

RichT

Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:04pm

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Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:04pm

I don't know what you mean by 'the electronics are not working'? If you can elaborate I may be able to help further.

If you have the Smart Solar tariff with Iberdrola, you will get paid a small rate for the energy you export back to the grid, but the panels need to be correctly connected to measure this. If they are just generating, then you are benefiting from self-consumption (i.e. consuming the energy you generate and not having to buy that energy from Iberola).

Baggywrinkles

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 8:41am

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 8:41am

RichT wrote on Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:04pm:

I don't know what you mean by 'the electronics are not working'? If you can elaborate I may be able to help further.

If you have the Smart Solar tariff with Iberdrola, you will get paid a small rate for the energy you export back to the grid, but the panels need to be correctly connected to measure this. If they are just generating, then you are benefiting from self-consumption (i.e. consuming the energy you ge...

...nerate and not having to buy that energy from Iberola).

When bought this house 3 years ago, there are 6/8 panels on the roof. In the annex is the system with 4 large batteries. These are now 'caput' The system itself is very old and not sure if it would work.

As we are quite old it's not worth the expense of getting it going. 

I just want to know if we can use the electric produced by the panels to feed back to Inbradola .

Thanks for your interest

RichT

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 2:48pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 2:48pm

Baggywrinkles wrote on Sun Jan 22, 2023 8:41am:

When bought this house 3 years ago, there are 6/8 panels on the roof. In the annex is the system with 4 large batteries. These are now 'caput' The system itself is very old and not sure if it would work.

As we are quite old it's not worth the expense of getting it going. 

I just want to know if we can use the electric produced by the panels to feed back to Inbradola .

Thanks for your interest

I would suggest then that you find a suitably-qualified electrician to check if the panels are working and if they are correctly connected so that

a). you are benefiting from the electricity that they are generating - i.e. powering your lights, fridge, other appliances, etc, so you are saving by not having to buy that electricity from Iberdrola; and 

b). that they are (or can be) able to export 'spare' electricity to the grid. If so, then you would need to contact Iberdrola so they can send an electrician to check that the export is correctly measured.

Hope this helps!

Mags44

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 3:31pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 3:31pm

Baggywrinkles wrote on Sun Jan 22, 2023 8:41am:

When bought this house 3 years ago, there are 6/8 panels on the roof. In the annex is the system with 4 large batteries. These are now 'caput' The system itself is very old and not sure if it would work.

As we are quite old it's not worth the expense of getting it going. 

I just want to know if we can use the electric produced by the panels to feed back to Inbradola .

Thanks for your interest

I would agree with RichT. You need to contact a qualified solar panel installer and get a quote to get your system up and running or replaced with new panels. When we had our 18 panels installed in 2021, our installer supplied all the legal paperwork to Industria and once we had a legally installed system, signed us up with an electric supplier (not Iberdrola directly but one of the many other companies offering different or better deals than Iberdrola) and we became connected to the grid. We have since changed our supplier and have an agreement with them that we give them our surplus energy and they pay us 0.10€ per kWh for this, up until our total consumption balances out with our energy production. They don't pay us any actual money, they just discount our own consumption. In the summer, we were giving them a lot of free energy and our bills were just the amount to cover the standing charges and were about 21€ a month. Now we are in the winter and our electric under-floor heating is on, we are having to pay quite high bills despite producing a fair bit of the energy ourselves. For example, today we have totally clear skies and sun but the temperature is around 12ºC outside and we are producing just 4.09kW of the potential 6kW that our system can produce. We are having to draw energy from the grid and our batteries haven't been able to fully charge, as we are using everything that we are producing and more. So far today - consumption 51.42kWh, self-consumption 26.11kWh, so about half of what we need. With the current price of electricity and the outlook for the future, I would say that installing solar panels will definitely benefit all those who can afford to install them, even if they take a few years to start repaying the original installation costs. We estimated 4 years for this.

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