Canada - is it csa certified ?

7 Posts
Sep 17, 2012 12:06 pm
Canada - is it csa certified ?

I purchased 3 - 110 watt solar panels and a 300 watt grid intertie  inverter, thinking that I could plug them into my house, and "help" my hydro bill a bit. . .
found out that they are not csa certified, or some such thing,  so I cannot hook them to the grid. - not allowed.
So, I am thinking about setting up a small battery charging system, and running some items off grid - which will still "help" my hydro bill....
How much of the stuff on the Alt E store has a csa certification ?  I am looking for an inverter now -  around 2 kw - 12v.  I don't want to spend a week looking thru the entire web site, and find out in the end that I can't use any of it. . .

The real kicker of all this, is that I have "heard" that the powers that be, are thinking of bringing in yet another certification standard - probably to make it even harder to make your own power...

sorry if I sound a bit bitter, still getting over my panels being junk (can't use em)
7 Posts
Oct 7, 2012 07:34 pm
Re: Canada - is it csa certified ?

I am thinking of ordering a bogart engineering TM-2020 meter.

Keeping in mind the possiblility of an "electrical inspection", could you tell me what certification this unit has ? 
7 Posts
Oct 21, 2012 02:30 pm
Re: Canada - is it csa certified ?

Just an update.
The information I was given about not being able to connect non-csa certified panels to the grid is correct.  Not Certified = no grid intertie.
The panels also have to have a "Canadian Content" - although, I did not get this far in my inquiries, so cannot say how much has to be "Canadian".
As for the panels that I have here, the price of the project just went up, since I will have to set up a stand alone battery based system.
Its not all bad, since I will have some hydro when the grid goes down...


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