DIY grid tie solar power using solar panels.
This is a grid tie inverter that is 200 watts. It actually reads a bit higher for various reasons. This was to see how well it worked. POWER INVERTERS.

Electric utility companies refer to residential grid-tie solar power arrays as distributed generation (DG) generators. They use this term because your solar panels are producing and distributing electrical power back into our utility grid.
Islanding refers to the condition of a DG generator that continues to feed the circuit with power, even after power from the electric utility grid has been cut off. Islanding can pose a dangerous threat to utility workers, who may not realize that a circuit is still "live" while attempting to work on the line. Distributed generators must detect islanding and immediately stop feeding the utility lines with power. This is known as anti-islanding. A grid-tied solar power system is required by law to have a gridtie inverter with an anti-islanding function, which senses when a power outage occurs and shuts itself off.

One common misconception is that a grid tied system will continue to generate power during a blackout. Unless there is a battery back-up system, the gridtie solar system will not produce power when the grid is down.

21 thoughts on “GRID TIE INVERTER SOLAR panel POWER EASY Electricity Savings


    There is a TV show who I will not name (do not want to advertise their
    silly science) but they totally faked a GTI output and displayed one
    outputting 121 volts at the male prong UNPLUGGED. They do not work that
    way, They do not work that way. Anti-islanding is legally required and also
    part of what makes them work in the first place. SO if you see it on TV, do
    not be alarmed. THEY DO NOT WORK THAT WAY.

    1. sdold

      +GREENPOWERSCIENCE Safety and wiring to code is also legally required, but
      that doesn’t seem important to guys using these things, so why would
      anti-islanding matter?

  2. bruce don

    Hey. I have been a looking at your video for a long time now and I’m
    getting to do a set up like yours .i just pick up 2-24v-230 watt solar
    panels and I have had 2 -12v-60 watt solar panels with a sun 300 watt grid
    ti inverter what should I buy to set up this system to get the most out of
    what I have so far. I allso have 4 deep cycle marine batteries and one
    kills watt meter all will be set up in a shed 12 feet from my house and

  3. chop98

    Man! Why does everybody want grid tie? Scuhrew that! Learn what you can
    power with a good tie box from a box powered by the inverter itself. You
    can get out with a damn decent system for about 3k$ power certain things
    that will not even touch the power meter. Everybody is doing this “Green
    Movement” which is good, but there seems a herd mentality to it. It’s like
    there’s only “green” if it benefits the corporations. Once again… Scuhrew
    that! Come on people! Think outside the box a little. Power just your
    fridge or your tv and lights by your inverter/s.

  4. Blakehx

    So if I have several 6v volt solar panels, how do I use them with a 12v
    inverter without connecting them in series? Does it matter where in the
    house I plug it in (any particular circuit) or is it ok to plug it


      +Blakehx Hi, series is the only reasonable solution. The recommended option
      is a dedicated circuit with a 10-15 AMP breaker. I have found it to work
      anywhere. I use an outdoor outlet to and extension cord. Short run on the
      DC side and 50-100 feet on the AC side of the inverter. It is not AC vs DC
      that makes this work, it is higher voltage. Because the inverter outputs
      120v+, it is much more efficient for the long run to take place on the
      higher voltage side. This also places the inverter away from the home in a
      ventilated, moisture protective enclosure near the solar panels. Should
      something go wrong with the inverter (usually not a problem but some people
      opt for low cost units made in China) you reduce risks. With that said,
      most people do not have issues if they are installed correctly. Also, no
      batteries required, this was just for testing.

  5. SP330Y

    @GREENPOWERSCIENCE Do the solar panels (for example if its 1000 Watts
    output) do they create that every hour or every day if the sun was shining
    all the time?
    I can’t work out how much electricity i could save unless i know this
    information, so another example if a solar panel is 100 watts and its in
    the sun all day 24 hours (and imagine it was sunny for 24 hours constantly)
    would i have created 100 watts in that total time period OR 100 watts for
    every hour so a total of 2,400 watts, which is the correct calculation

    ALSO to use one of these inverters to put power back into my home do i need
    to turn off my house electrics or do i keep it all turned on all the time
    aswell as the grid tie inverter on too

  6. Mike O

    Can I connect a grid tie inverter to 24 volt batteries (like he is using
    here) and instead of solar panels feeding the batteries, how about a 24
    volt alternator? Batteries still being used as a buffer.

  7. Dan

    First point: Um…… I’m not an electrician, but my common sense tells me
    that plugging into the wall like that is a HUGE FIRE HAZARD. It seems to me
    that there is specialized equipment made for grid tie ins. Second point:
    Anyone watching this video DO NOT buy the KILL O WATT meter shown in this
    video. (no offense). I bought that exact product to monitor how many
    kilowatts my electric car was using and it died after 2 months. Piece of

  8. Kelvin Coakley

    yes hi Dave how are you?…I must have watched your video here a 100
    times…& I have shown it to family & friends to try & to help people save
    money…I just uploaded my 1st YouTube video…& would really appreciate
    your advice, tips, comments?…thanks, have a great day

  9. John Smith

    Great vids Dan. Question on this one: With your main breaker open, your
    home should be disconnected from the grid. How did you expect the inverter
    (plugged into your home) to back feed the grid under those conditions? What
    did I miss?

  10. Keth

    Love your videos. Quick question. I have two 140 watt panels in parallel
    hooked into a 1000 watt Chinese GTI. See about 230 watts on meter in full
    sun on meter at the wall. The panels are rated at 7.91 amps but I am only
    seeing 2.08 amps on my KillAWatt meter at the wall. Why so few amps after
    the GTI?

  11. intechra

    I need help/ suggestion regarding setting up grid tie system.
    Before I continue, these are what I have so far, 4 Kyocera solar cells:
    Solar cell specs:
    Pmax: 130 W
    Vpmax: 17.6V
    Ipmax: 7:39A
    Voc: 21.9 V
    Isc: 8.02A
    Should i have a setup with all of the cells in parallel or two and twos in
    parallel, then series? Also, I feel like i need to mention my other
    confusions regarding grid tie devices. From what i can remember, this YT
    Vlogger says that (you) dont want to connect solar cells in series because
    they ( the part i missed) or which one can ruin which, the solar cells to
    the grid tie inverter or the other way around? The other is, do all the
    grid tie devices have that auto shut-off feature to prevent a lineman from
    cooking themselves? Thanks.

  12. Turk T

    I’m looking to getting an inverter to tie grid. Why do they say not to hook
    up to the batteries? I’m at a loss? Here they are hooked up to batteries
    even though the title reads it’s for solar panels.


    @ jim bee They do not work that way, no voltage no power. This is known as
    anti-islanding. A grid-tied solar power system is required by law to have a
    gridtie inverter with an anti-islanding function, which senses when a power
    outage occurs and shuts itself off.

    1. Keith Reynolds

      +GREENPOWERSCIENCE The law requires it because in the event of downed power
      lines, the lines man repairing it wont killed by the power your supplying
      the grid.


      +GREENPOWERSCIENCE They all have them build in because back feeding the
      neighborhood with a single home system would be a massive dead load.

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