Value for money
Bought the power diverter late 2019 and in just under 18 months the savings have paid for it. Outstanding quality product and easy company to deal with. Definitely recommend this product.
Got Solar? Get one of these!
This is a "no brainer"for anyone who owns solar! Purchased the Power Diverter approx four years ago, and it paid for itself within 12 months. Easy install, no maintenence, free hot water and no wasted power dribbling onto the grid. Why new solar installations are not automatically paired with a Powerdiverter is bizarre, as it is the perfect,money saving compliment to any system.
Awesome Product - Best Value for Money
We now have more hot water than before, without the expense. The timer function enables the unit to boost automatically overnight during off peak, which hardly happens as our solar system has more than enough grunt to boil the unit daily. We purchased our house with a brand new electrical hot water system installed, and couldn’t justify the cost of replacing the unit for a gas unit, plus paying for increased gas usage. Dan installed the unit and was very friendly throughout. This unit is money well spent, while supporting a local business, designing and manufacturing green technology.
The answer to my solar prayer
My rooftop solar had recently decided to lay down and die prematurely with multiple problems, after ringing around regarding repairs it became obvious that nobody wanted to do the repairs instead quoting for new install around The $5500 mark which prompted me to research what was around regarding the latest technology for solar hot water.
This is where i discovered Solar diverter Australia and, Daniel laws.
After a lot of research on this product with a proven track record i calculated it was the best fit for my budget and hot water solution an...
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brilliant product, everybody with solar should have one
i installed it myself (im an electrician) and very easy! for 3 months in winter and ive only boosted it 3 times.
simple to use and it has all the features of timers and boost button.
the flashing lights tell you how much solar is going to the hot water unit and the when it is hot enough it wont take excess solar and will export to the grid.
Purchase was easy through email and direct phone contact with MD.
Courier delivery in 2 working days.
No significant issues encountered by the electrician during installation.
Some minor issues with wording in the manual these were dealt with immediately by phone.
The system is operating perfectly.
Too early to assess cost benefits, this purchase was from customer recommendation and desire to utilise excess solar capacity'.
Awesome company to deal with, quick installation and the product works at saving you money.
Easy to understand instructions.
Recommend to anyone who has solar and electric hot water.
We couldn’t be happier
Easy to Install, only had to buy an extra relay to switch for the controlled load, My usage for hot water heating has gone from 1300kwh per month to 300kwh, so well worth the purchase price .
Does exactly what it says on the tin!
The box is very well made and you can see the engineering inside when you take the cover off. Installation is a piece of cake, but when you do something silly like I did, the support was quick and outstanding. Great product and a great support behind that product.
Well over 12mths in and working great!
Our electrician found installation and instructions easy, although setting up the firmware was a challenge. Overcome this with a quick phone call to the Poweriverter team for them to talk me through it. Works exceptionally during summer with or 6.6kw solar system, but in winter our solar system doesn't have quite enough excess solar to power house and heat hot water... so a quick change to settings and it provides more boost. Great product and service!
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Quality with Service
I was unsure of the direction to take re excess solar and also the need for a new electric hot water tank but after approaching the Powerdiverter team things unfolded perfectly.The whole job came in on budget,any advice given was without bias and all workmanship was of the highest order.To Dan and Tyler...thank you. John
December 3rd 2019 Update: After sales support
I needed some back up support re my meter box and these people were on top of it and quickly. Just a fantastic company to deal with.The Powerdiverter is an investment not an outlay
Adaptive use of the Technology
As we constantly chase the reduction of power bills, we discovered that an area of opportunity was in the heating of our SPA (water storage tank), not too dissimilar to a hot water tank heating up over night, we worked out that we were exporting more power back to the grid than we were using to heat the SPA water each day so it was ready for use, within a couple of degrees, anytime we wanted it. The "adaption" of the technology, working with Powerdiverter allowed a solution which connected the system to the SPA heater so when we have excess po...wer from our panels, it stores the energy in our SPA so we don't have to heat it later. With the use of a simple timer restricting the application to 3 hours each day saves us an additional 27 - 48 per month or $100 per qtr.
A great Investment
What can we say?
We remain most impressed with Power Diverter & because of it have seen remarkable savings in our power usage, quarter after quarter.
In our case, the installation location was fairly straight forward by having a Fire Extinguisher cabinet under the switchboard with spare room & since Day one it has sat quietly saving us money as promised.
Dan & his Technicians were most helpful at time of installation & since, with any queries we may have had promptly answered.
Thank you, Dan & co.
Excellent reliable product that does what they say, save money
We are very happy with the Powerdiverter product and support from Dan (Powerdiverter Company) during the installation. The Powerdiverter unit is a very easy install, but as we are a 3 phase connected house the first version of the 3 phase wireless sensor was a little challenging, but with assistance from Dan the installation was completed August 2018 and has been very reliable. We also have Solar Analytics monitoring installed which not only makes solar production and power consumption usage information available, but in our case also monitors ...usage by the Powerdiverter, both day (excess solar diversion) and night (Load 1 off-peak). I have limited the Powerdiverter off-peak overnight usage by setting it to a max duration of 3 hours (within the middle of the off-peak on time) via the Powerdiverter timer which is enough time to fully heat a 375L tank from lukewarm hot water, if and when required. Normally, very little overnight off-peak is used as most of the heating is done via excess solar during the day. It is a stipulated requirement by my partner that we always have hot water available every day, plus we have a teenage daughter. To avoid any off-peak usage when on extended vacation, all we need do is turn off the PowerDiverter timer so no off-peak is used during that period. Over the last 5 years we have had three different makes of excess solar power diverters installed, and now we are finally very happy with the Powerdiverter product, both in reliability, functionality and the fact that there is no operational management required. Set and forget, but monitor, in my case via Solar Analytics. Initially when there was nothing available in Australia, I obtained and installed an Optimmersion from the UK. The Optimmersion did exactly what it was designed to do, but was limited to monitoring only a single phase in a 3 phase environment. When eventually the Optimmersion company folded, I looked for an alternative but this time one that monitored all 3 phases. The Blue CATCH-3 Power seemed to fit the bill, so had one installed, only to eventually realize the real intelligence that made the unit work correctly came from the remote CATCH Power Server via communications across the internet. This is not what I wanted as the CATCH Power unit did not perform as required when communications were lost (does happen) and therefore the CATCH Power was uninstalled and they provided a total refund. This did not happen overnight, as I had many months of communications with the CATCH Power Company, to the point that I became an annoyance: it may have worked as they designed it, but did not work as expected. Remember this was early 2018, I do not know what the Blue CATCH-3 Power does now? In August 2018 the PowerDiverter was installed, it does exactly what is required, uses excess solar power during the day and if necessary uses LOAD 1 off-peak power overnight limited to a max of 3 hours set by the Powerdiverter timer. We now always have hot water, for less cost, despite the weather conditions. I highly recommend this PowerDiverter product to make use of the excess solar power generation.
Diverter still going strong after several years.
We have had our diverter for some years now. The first electrician didn't turn up to install the panel. The second one had never installed a diverter. In spite of explaining to the electrician the set up of the meter box, he didn't install it correctly and I had to rewire some of it to get it to work.
I'm sure there are more experienced electricians around Sydney now.
However the diverter is still working beautifully now and we are happily getting our "free"hot water.
Questions & Answers
If I ordered a powerdiverter unit, is there anything else that I need to order to have pv production monitoring?
The version of PowerDiverter I have installed has no monitoring to review.
I do not know what the PowerDiverter Company has planned for the future.
For monitoring, I chose to have installed and use Solar Analytics (https://www.solaranalytics.com/au) for my household 3 phase environment, solar production (3 phase), Consumption (3 phase), single phase excess solar consumption by the PowerDiverter, single phase separately metered off-peak consumption by the PowerDiverter & single phase consumption of the ducted aircon.
Solar Analytics (https://www.solaranalytics.com/au) uses very similar hardware to Wattwatchers (https://wattwatchers.com.au/) for monitoring, but as far as I'm aware each have their own back end analytics, charts and alerts when necessary.
These monitoring devices are available with WiFi (W series) or cellular (M series) communications in 3 or 6 channel configurations.
In my case I opted for cellular (3G) using 1 x 6 channel (3 phase production & 3 phase consumption) and 1 x 3 channel (1 for Powerdiverter excess solar generation used, 1 for Powerdiverter separately metered Load 1 off-peak use and 1 for Ducted aircon to understand its power consumption.
My Solar system is made up of a 3 phase SMA inverter with 5kW in panels, plus a 3 phase 3 kW Enphase system using S230 inverters. Really, 12 panels with S230 Enphase inverters is only a max of 2.76kW on a very good day, if lucky.
Note: The SMA (Sunny Tripower) has production monitoring when connected to the internet (SunnyPortal). The Enphase system has both (3 phase) production monitoring (includes production by the SMA system as well) and (3 phase) total consumption via the Enphase Envoy to the Enlighten WEB site (https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/).
But, I use the Solar Analytics WEB site monitoring all the time, except when I need to check any detailed info from the SMA or Enphase systems.
Hope this helps.
The Power Diverter only recognises excess power which can be nominated for off grid storage, it doesn't provide a monitoring function of the inverter activity, I suggest this is best done by talking to the PV installer used regarding connectivity or look up in the manual regarding how to read the charts displayed by the Inverter.
I know via my bills that I have excess power going into the grid, yet I also have consumption when the panels are not producing, so I let the PD unit operate as a priority to store as much as possible when its available.
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On www.powerdiverter.com, THEY SAY:
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