All TiMe FrEe EnErGy

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2 years ago

Introduction

I live in Lebanon 🇱🇧, a small country in the Middle East, Torn apart by wars for decades, then ruled by war lords with wrong policies which plundered its bounties and even the savings of bank depositors.

Electricity problem

The crisis started more than 2 years ago. Before 30 years from now, we used to have electric current 24 hours / 7 days a week. After, the situation deteriorated and became worse year by year. Sometimes we got 7 hours of current a day, later 5 or 3, now 1 hour over 24 or 1 hour a week or nothing at all.

Temporary solutions

Many people purchased diesel or gasoline generators to support their daily needs of electricity, but this solution came to be unhelpful when the fuel prices skyrocketed recently. Now many of us living in this unlucky country discovered that solar energy is the best and the most efficient solution for our ongoing problem.

The right decision

Certain factors helped us to adopt this environment friendly solution. 300 days of sunshine ☀ a year are for sure. Prices of the panels, batteries, cables and inverters are decreasing. We made our research on the internet and in different workshops and contractors, till we found the right contractor and the appropriate solar system we need in our place.

The cost

It costs US$4000 for :

  • 4 batteries 200 Amperes each (in the future, we will add more)

  • 6 solar panels 540 watts each (dimensions: 1m x 2.30m) (in the future, we will add more)

  • Inverter 25 Amperes (about 5200 watts)

  • Cables and switch board

  • Transportation + installation fee

Installation

Pictures below can explain stage by stage the whole operation. We are enjoying uninterrupted electric supply since 7 months. No blackouts at night, our fridge and home appliances are doing their duty smoothly and efficiently, we are satisfied and so happy for this result.

*N.B. : All pictures are mine.

Thanks for reading.

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Solar Panels installed on the roof, but leaning into the balcony.
On the balcony, under the solar panels.
The inverter and the switch board box.
Batteries.
The worker checking to see if the batteries and the tools are fine
The team unpackaging the batteries
The welder assembling the substructure frame which carry the solar panels.
The assistant helps by measuring the frame bars.

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Comments

That's true my friend, it's so expensive using a generator, when the time that our province hit super typhoon Odette, my in-laws force to buy a generator, for 1 month of using it, it cost them $250 dollars,

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2 years ago

Generators use Fuel oil which are very expensive. $250 a month is a high cost. Solar panels are the best solution. Thank God you are safe from Typhoon Odette.

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2 years ago

nice one !!

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