5 Comments to “Basic Electrical Layout”

  1. Kevin Pegg

    Jul 1st, 2010

    Hi, I saw your messages on Gord and Anne’s facebook page about electrical struggles. EA is here to help you with renewable energy systems if you need! This is what we do, and have been doing since 1984.

  2. Jeremiah Morrison

    Jul 1st, 2010

    Looks good but in the kitchen I would look into the GFCI 20Amp receptacles. The new code requires GFCI with in 1 meter of a sink. This was a recent change (last code book). It does apply to bathrooms as well but they do not need to be 20 amp. The kitchen circuits then require #12 Awg wire to allow for that amp rating. You are allowed a max of 2 recps per circuit this way to make wiring easier they do not have to be alternating like the old split receptacles.
    The bedrooms require Arc-fault breakers. It doesn’t matter for the wiring too much as your lighting and receptacles are all ready separate. Just keep that in mind when buying breakers.
    You can put a switch wall plug anywhere you want as it is just a splicing issue. I would like to chat more about this. If you wish call me at 403-606-0363.
    Work out as many of these things as you can because changes in an earthship look tough.
    I love watching the progress.

    Jeremiah

  3. Chris

    Jul 12th, 2010

    Jeremiah,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the kitchen circuits. I have changed the plans to reflect two 12/2C branch circuits.

    Chris

  4. Jasper

    Jan 13th, 2011

    Looking into my electrical plans now as well. Planning to put up a large solar array on the roof to generate my own power, and also have some batteries for backup power. However….

    Just like at your place in Canada, here in Holland it can get cloudy for a couple of days, which means less (or almost no) electricity from my PV panels.

    The classical answer to this will be to put a ton of batteries somewhere in the house and charge them when sunlight is available, and use energy from then when sunlight is nowhere to be found. Personally I see a couple of drawbacks with this

    – You’ll need a couple of massive batteries to supply your house with power for, let’s say, 3 days as a backup. This will cost you a lot of money.

    – Batteries are not (yet) really friendly for the environment, in production and after end of life.

    – Batteries won’t last forever, prolly about 10 to 15 years.

    A possible solution for this is to use a grid-tied system. This means you’ll tie your solar panels to the public power grid. If you use more power than your panels provide, power from the grid is taken, is your panels produce more power than you use, power is given to the grid and your meter will spin backwards!

    However, there are some stories floating around on the web that state that “Once the grid drops out, my grid -tie inverter cuts out as wll ”

    This is true for some grid-tie inverters, because they should not deliver power to the grid when the grid has failed, to avoid maintenace workers from getting electocuted by your solar energy. There are however grit-tie inverters that use the grid when available, and automagically switch to battery power when the grid failes. In the mean time they charge the batteries when the grid is up. An all-in-one solution. So, be sure to get the inverter that suits your needs

  5. Chris

    Jan 17th, 2011

    Jasper,

    Our current thinking is to grid-tie our system with BC Hydro using an inverter that will work both with and without the utility power available.

    This allows us to minimize batteries and not worry about the complete system initially. We are building on a budget and want to build our system in stages.


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