2024 sees three new projects aimed at easing solar installation with battery
January 18, 2024 — Good news folks. Solar is getting easier to install. And BobolinkSolar now has three ways to build solar in development.
Buyers Clubs 2024
Off Grid / Behind the grid battery: This is a 14.3kwh battery that comes complete with the latest cell tech, code approved installation box and rack, even the cables. The Club Price should come in at around $6k. We are waiting on final shipping costs to finalize, but we’re hoping this will be the cost landed at your door. Not including tax. Price.
Powerwall: 14.3kwh battery, largish inverter, dual MPPT solar controllers for two solar strings up to 500v and 80a, fully bidirectional.
Note: these systems are 9450 code approved and we recommend electrician install to assure best warranty support.
New string inverter: Is there any interesting in a new string inverter for small cottage installs? Lets get a group buy going and save. More news early Feb, 2024.
BESS: Big batteries offer up to 400Mw for grid support. Contact Kelvin for more info. Project starts mid-March.
First of three test batteries BobolinkSolar supported in 2023. Testing confirmed the 9450 compliance, system capacity, ease of use. In 2024 we can offer a tested battery at a very good price. Thank you to Mr S and Mr P for their contribution. Yes, prices are continuing to drop. But they have installed working systems. Huzzah.
July 12, 2023 — New electrician installer available
Our new relationship with two local electricians means better service and installation for BobolinkSolar sources equipment. Ask us for references.
New bifacial arriving April. With dropping prices price to be determined. bulk order discounts
Contact Kelvin here to order.
Thank you for helping us help you build.
Since 2017 Bobolink “buyers club” events have saved folks money
The new BobolinkSolar battery is a 14.3 kwh beast with brains
- link up to 8 for large homes and industrial workshops
- astonishing 8,500 cycles service life
- cUL 1973 and 9450 approval
- lowest cost ever; both buying and installing
New premium product: the “Lumera” bifacial 410w
The Lumera solar panel from Canda is a hit. Benefits include the latest solar cell tech, a lighter 21kg weight, attractive all black look. Good size at aprox. 41″ (1042mm) by 76″ (1928mm) for DIY installation. Ideal for boat/cottage/rv due to the light weight and smaller size.
Fall SALE: SOLD OUT
some insights from 2023 on small off grid power
In June 2023 we began using a new inverter brand. SRNE. We have seen quite a few installs due to the high quality and low price.
We are happy to recommend SRNE inverter AiO (All in One)
Here is the 5kw, 48v, high voltage MPPT, direct connect Grid / Generator, 120v pure sine model. cETL. Astounding price for astounding AiO technology.
Full system recommendation: SRNE AiO is complemented by 2000w of solar (bifacial), 10kwh battery storage. NOTE: we will not be offering systems for 2024. If you would like equipment and install guidance we do have a consult contract which pays Kelvin for his time while he customizes your system.
Here’s a DIY off grid system that was updated
The old inverter is 2kw modified sine wave (eats motors and the new laundry machine wouldn’t start). The solar capacity was small. Switches were all manual. However, high quality, well installed system for its day.
- 1.2 kw of solar panel
- 900 lbs of lead for 5kwh storage, 1500 cycle lifespan, off gassing and watering maintenance required.
- System is 65% round trip efficient
Which looks easier to install?
Upgrade improvements include:
- safer and easier to use
- inverter is 2.5 times more powerful and pure sine for longer motor / equipment life,
- autotransfer of generator charging avoids manual switching
- solar panel doubles to 1840w plus bifacial for winter while keeping the old racking!
- new battery is 300 pounds of lithium with 10kw usable storage and no maintenance. Big space saver.
- system efficiency increases to 95%. An extra 30% for free.
Join the club
New for BobolinkSolar is our Club Membership. This is for new solar system builders and those who need advice about older system updates. The membership covers Kelvin’s research costs, gives access to “bulk buy” pricing, reduces shipping costs and much more.
The membership fee is $450. In our experience members save thousands and get better systems. Remember. Today’s solar has been a BobolinkSolar promise, delivered, since 2017.
Two new tech improvements now available at BobolinkSolar
1 – Inverters that can sense current and respond accordingly
Grid Tie: New current sensors make your inverter safer; For you and for grid linesmen. Automatic detection whether grid power is flowing in or your solar power is flowing to the grid makes life easier. Automatic grid disconnect still allows solar and batteries to provide power to your home in the event of an outage.
Why choose an inverter that can’t run your home if the grid goes down?
The new inverters fix that problem. This hybrid model is so flexible. Use just solar (if the sun is out) or a grid/battery power combo for more power. Multiple paths pay you by reducing energy cost.
Other new features include:
- Built in high voltage MPPT solar tracking. This innovation improves efficiency and lets you move your solar panels up to 1,000 ft/300m from your home, easily (stock 10g RPVU solar cable!) by lowering the amperage your cables need to carry.
- All-in-one solar/charger/inverters also greatly, hugely, enormously reduce install time and difficulty.
- High tech AiO makes more features available at an amazing price.
- cETL stamps make electricians happy.
This is all just better folks.
New ONTARIO 2.4 cent overnight electrical rate!
April 2023 — The new rate rolling out across Ontrio makes Hybrid grid connect systems with battery very appealing. Charge your battery with the grid at night. Use battery power during the peak rate time. And save, save, save. Plus, power outage … not for you!
2 – New batteries that talk to the inverter
For off grid folk letting the battery program the inverter and allowing, via CAN or RS485, the inverter and battery to talk to each other. Another win for safety. And improved solar power use efficiency. Plus watch your solar power from your phone!
The batteries have built in BMS and disconnect switch. Easier, more reliable, safer to use. This is what Kelvin has been waiting for. With the price drops in 2022 and 2023 these new batteries are the best value we’ve ever seen in power security for home use.
All in all it’s a new ballgame folks. As a result BobolinkSolar will be specifying brand new technology and methods for 2024. BobolinkSolar continues to push the quality of off grid and grid tie solar systems.
3 Bifacial solar panels change winter
Bifacial solar panels basically have a solar panel in the front and a solar panel in the back. For cold Ontario winters with snow and high albedo (light that reflects off of snow), this new technology improves winter production dramatically.
Remember: We are DIY and lithium battery only since 2017
We have offered the best products for Off Grid since 2017. Our systems have consistently improved safety and reduced cost; we help design and support DIY installs; However! we are not system installers. Nor are we available 24/7 for support. This is important to realize. If you are mostly DIY handy but just need a bit of help; we’re your guy. If you need better pricing and are happy to do it all yourself but want to ensure you are building the best value for 2024; we are your guy. If you need an electrician and labour; we’re your electrician/install crew’s guy on a consult contract, or, in Eastern Ontario, we now offer electrician recommendations.
NEW — for Perth/Westport area: Master Electrician installs now available
BobolinkSolar is for those who wish to save money by building and managing a better solar system more easily
Kelvin consults on
- Off Grid homes
- Off Grid camps
- hybrid behind the grid models
- special use (boats, RVs, tiny home)
Fees start at $450. You get the latest solar models for the most reliable long term value, and, in our experience, much lower upfront and ongoing costs.
We’ve help folks build
- multi unit camp systems
- electric boats
- cottage systems
- upgrade older systems
- hybrid grid/off grid
- grid tie
- RV systems
- and much more
These processes take time and research. Cut your costs by letting Kelvin do the hard stuff. Remember: Kelvin has been building off grid systems since 2011; he’s built dozens of systems; helped hundreds of families; consistently improved off grid system design. Your support of Kelvin makes your life easier and helps many others.
Thank you for your support!
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