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Do I need to be MCS certified to produce electricity for my off-grid property?
The answer is simply no. There is no need to inform your network operator, DNO(Distribution Network Operator), or the electricity supplier. There are different authorities that manage and maintain the electricity grid but none of them have ever enacted a policy for the off-grid system that generates electricity from the sun.
The main reason is that an inverter and solar MPPT charger that is certified as off-grid, is not made to export energy back to the utility. The DNO will never experience any disturbances from your solar installation, it will not affect the public network and more importantly in the emergency of a power cut, it is safe for the maintenance engineers to carry out any repairs without any risk of unwanted electricity flowing backward.
It is fair to consider that the off-grid inverter is acting in a similar way to an EV charger, which takes energy from the grid. The installation of EV chargers does not require a special license either.
What needs to be respected when we generate our own electricity?
It is great to be power independent, but we have to follow some important electrical rules :
Earthing of the system should be according to the local standards, an authorized electrician will inspect and connect the system accordingly
The AC supply from the national grid will be used as a backup, and necessary protective equipment and circuit breakers should be fitted
The installation of lead acid and lithium batteries must be carried out by an experienced solar engineer.
Ask your electrician to produce a professional wiring diagram of the installation, he should be able to certify the job.
Fit a change-over switch, if the inverters or batteries develop any kind of fault, you will return back to the grid supply immediately
You can watch online one of our off-grid systems that electrifies an entire property with 2 8kW Conversol Max inverters
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