SOFAR Solar Battery Storage Technology allows you to charge from the grid or from your solar panels.
If you don’t have solar, you can still benefit from AC Battery Storage. You can charge your batteries directly from the grid using economy 7 or alternative off peaks tariffs and use the stored energy in the battery at peak times.
Benefits of SOFAR Battery Systems:
- Future proofed and Scalable
- In the event you require additional storage capacity in the future, simply add another battery
- Will provide emergency power in the event of a power cut
- Remote monitoring using your smart phone or lap top. We recommend you only use First4Solar approved installation engineers for SOFAR Solar Battery Storage Systems.
Is a battery storage management unit which allow AC battery storage. There are significant benefits to using AC side battery storage. In particular is the ease of compatibility for the wide range of renewable systems – the So Far Solar ME3000SP will work with all single phase systems, and allow an expandable battery solution.
The system functions regardless of what set-up is present on the DC side. This means the system will work with String inverters, Dual string inverters or Twin Tracking inverters, Micro-inverters, Optimisers such as the Solar Edge Battery storage requirements, or even wind turbines. As long as whatever renewable technology is employed converts the energy it generates into AC electricity, it can work with the So Far Solar ME3000SP.
The So Far Solar ME3000SP system can be matched to any DC generating system. It only picks up the power once converted to AC, so you have no limitations which are caused by string set-ups, or voltage inputs, or voltage outputs! The existing system simply carries on doing it’s job, and the So Far Solar ME3000SP simple adds on lower down the system.
The So Far Solar ME3000SP is generally installed close to the fuse board of the property. So there is no need to locate it next to the inverter for example. This means that all the necessary cables are generally available to clamp around for the sensors. There are 2 sensors – the AC supply to the property for monitoring power in and out, and the AC generation from the renewable source (which generally comes down to the fuse board on a single AC feed, or to a small dedicated consumer unit).
The So Far Solar ME3000SP only needs a separate MCB off the existing fuse board (or a dedicated unit). There is no plug point needed, as it can take any required power from this AC connection.
The batteries must be located within 2meters of the So Far Solar ME3000SP.
So to summarise – on AC supply from the fuse board to the So Far Solar ME3000SP, 2 local sensors to be fitted, and the battery pack to be installed close to the unit.
The display on the unit could not be simpler. It shows 4 power levels. The renewable generated power (solar or turbine), the battery power, the property power and the grid power. With this system, if the renewable power does not satisfy the property, the battery will ALWAYS export in order to minimise ever buying from the grid. Therefore the sum of the above numbers will always return to Zero!
This system will always aim to minimise your property buying power from the grid. So at all times if there is power in the battery, and the renewable source is not covering the house load, it will deploy power. This is a huge improvement from a simple fill in the day and empty at night type of solution, as it means you can gain much higher savings from your battery capacity.
The So Far Solar ME3000SP system works with an option of 1,2,3 or 4 of the Pylon Tech 2.4kw batteries. These batteries are stackable, and can be linked to allow a system to be increased in size.
The So Far Solar ME3000SP unit has a Critical Load function. This means that a dedicated supply can be set up to provide power in the event of power cut. This does not simply run the house, but a pre-wired plug point can allow lights to be plugged in, or a fridge until your power is restored. The available back up power will be determined by the level of power available at that time in your batteries!
The So Far Solar Battery Storage allows easy addition of battery capacity. Please note that brackets for the stacking of batteries are not included in standard systems, and will need to be ordered in addition to any system. One pair is needed for one battery.