PV systems are a popular choice for generating electricity in off-grid systems, as they are a clean, renewable source of energy that can be used to power homes, businesses, and other facilities. They are also becoming increasingly common in grid-connected systems, where they can be used to supplement traditional power sources and help reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Advantages of Photovoltaic systems

PV systems have a number of advantages, including that they are relatively simple and easy to install, require little maintenance, and have a long lifespan. They are also becoming more affordable as the technology improves and the cost of manufacturing solar cells decreases. 

Limitations of PV systems

However, they do have some limitations, such as the fact that they only generate electricity when the sun is shining and may not be suitable for areas with high cloud cover or other weather conditions that can reduce the amount of sunlight they receive.

PV at Beyond Buckthorns

At Beyond Buckthorns we installed a PV systems some time ago. It has been proven a good choice and we would again install a system the same size. 

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Measuring the electric energy consumption in comparison to production

In September 2023 Elenia installed a new electric meter in our house. This new electric meter is from the company Aidon and it comes with a HAN port (Home Area Network). When the meter gets installed the HAN port is inactive. It requires a Mail…

Our First Year with Photovoltaics

Last year in August we got our 4.6 KWP photovoltaik on-grid system up an running. Time for some thoughts.

Installation of Our PV System - Picture Journal

Another throwback Thursday post!

As our photovoltaic system is back up and producing effectively after a Finnish winter break, I thought let's take a little picture journey back to July 2016 when the PV system was installed!

How We Chose Our Photovoltaic System

One of our early decisions when we started discussing moving to Finland was that we want to strive towards energy autonomy. Nick has lots of experience in DIY biogas (see Biogascentral) so we are eager… more

Our PV System Is Up and Running

Yesterday was the day when we got to turn on our PV (photovoltaic) system! Watch the video to see how easy it is to turn a switch - and see us as we turn it, taking a huge step… more