After much deliberation and discussions with the wife I decided to pull the trigger and get an initial loadshedding solution installed, with the idea of expanding the system when finances allow. I decided to go the non DIY route and contacted a company that did a work colleague's installation 2 years ago that is still running without issues.
I know I will have to replace batteries sooner with this setup, but at least I can now run the basic things in my house when Eskom decides to pull the plug. I will now save to replace with Lithium batteries when the time comes
I did not connect the geyser, stove, 1 plug circuit and 2 light circuits. I need to go through a process of replacing light fittings and globes in my house before I can include the light circuits.
We have a few plug in lamps and these already have LED globes already and will provide enough light during a power down period, together with 4 Magneto lights if needed.
Therefore I only connected 5 plug circuits on the inverter, leaving the 1 off where the kettle and washing machine and dishwasher is connected as I don't want an overload scenario
The circuits connected is for my fridge and deep freeze (kitchen), ONT and router (study), TV and dstv and cctv (lounge), alarm (main bedroom), garage
I installed the inverter and batteries in the garage and also added the panels to the garage roof, my setup is as follows:
5000W 48V pure sine wave inverter
4 x 345 Mono Panels
8 x 100AH GEL/AGM batteries
I couldn't wait for the first power outage to see how it will work, and last night when loadshedding started at 21:00 it was fantastic because other than the lounge light going off everything remained exactly like it was before. And now my wife also understands how it "works".