• Stecca Pro 10|10


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  • REC 250w Panels

    The 250w panels are 165cm x 99cm 1.6335m^2 so efficiency at 1000watts per m^2 is 15.3% (250 divided by 1634)

    I am a bit put out by the physical size and have thought I probably only needed one not 4 ??

    Initially I set up a single panel to charge one of the old batteries via the Steca Controller which showed some 8amp of charge, burning of all voltage above 14.7

    Now the panel is connected via a Victron MPPT to one of the new Rolls batteries; with no charge readout but in theory providing a max of 20A to the battery.

    For more on charging the rolls

    Emails about damage to corners

    rec damage

    1.To Wind and Sun


    I called today to query the crimping inside each of the corners, image attached; it looks like they have been installed somewhere previously??

    Each corner on all four panels have the same damage.

    2. To REC

    Dear REC people

    I recently bought panels from Wind and Sun UK http://www.windandsun.co.uk/products/Solar-PV-Panels/REC-Solar-PV-Panels#6160

    Every panel has damaged framing on the inside of each corner. The distributor noted, upon checking their stock, that all the remainder had the same indentations and were keen to confirm they were not second hand and under a full guarantee.

    However I am still uncomfortable that such indentations to the frame have occurred and wonder if you would explain how this has occurred.

    Please see image attached, as noted each corner of each panel has been crimped as though they have been fitted to some other framework very forcefully.

    Thank you

    Roger Lovejoy

    4th Jan 2015
    I have finally heard from REC but not before another concern has arisen. There is a gap between the frame and glass panel, which allows water in which will freeze and expand further widening the gap each instance.

    A couple of images to illustrate the gap
    rec gap1 rec gap2

    Comment 3 REC's initial response and my reply.
    Comment 4 REC's brain-dead response and my reply.
  • Morning Star 75|15

  • 14th Day

    Morning Batt 1 voltage before sun rise is picking up 12.48 today. Some 200W yield but half that used. Connected Batt 2 for an hour (15:15 -16.15) just to keep it ticking for a while.

  • 13th Day

    **09:35** Batt 1 on absorption at 15.72V 6.3A
    Connected Batt 2 both on absorption at 14.15V 7A (variable with cloud)
    **12:10** Yield 400W :: Charging at 15.7V 13.5A
    **12:40** With cloud and rain yield is 4W. With router still onload drawing 0.35A 0A is keeping Batt 1 at 13.55v
    **17:30** Yield 600W

  • Specific Gravity Batt 3

    After collecting from the dogs at PBC put it on charge at Gavin's overnight. before that voltage =12.68
    **18th Jan** SG from neg to pos [1.310][1.310][1.320][1.320][1.315][1.310]