A solar system is going to be the main power source of your home, so without a doubt, you want a system that's properly designed.
Why? Let's look at the key components of an off-grid solar system and how they work with each other.
- SOLAR PANELS
- CHARGE CONTROLLER
- BATTERY BANK
- SOLAR PANEL
- INVERTER/CHARGER POWER SYSTEM
A solar panel produces energy. The amount of energy you want for your home determines how much solar power you need.
If you have a daily energy usage of 20kWh, you will need a 5kW solar system depending on your location.
A charge controller manages the energy that goes into the battery bank. There is a limit as to how much solar power a charge controller can handle.
Energy stored in the battery bank is what keeps your home powered. You want to have enough battery reserve to last you however long you would like it to.
3 days of battery reserve is a good rule if budget allows. Otherwise, your generator will be running a lot when bad weather hits. Battery is modular, meaning you can start small and add more batteries later on!
Different battery types have different optimal depth of discharge (DOD). It's usually 80% for Lithium battery and 50% for Lead Acid. This has to be factored in when sizing a battery bank to prolong battery life.
An inverter converts DC power into AC power, which is most household appliances use. The size of the inverter determines what and how many appliances can be run at once.
We know that a solar system is a huge investment and that you depend on it to keep your home powered. That's why we make sure you are getting the right system for your needs!
The UL and IEC approved solar panel delivers high power output and performance at an attractive low price. The panel is made up of 72 crystalline cells on a white backsheet with a silver anodized aluminum alloy frame. Certified for the most challenging environmental conditions, the Panasonic 385 watt module withstands a 5400 Pa snow load. This high-power monocrystalline solar panel operates at 19.50% efficiency to maximize the light absorption area.
These can be used to power the home or small office loads for
- Washing Machine
- Stereo, etc.
Generally the system will have solar panels, inverter/ chargers, Charge controllers, AC and DC wiring boxes, a monitoring unit, AC/DC Surge Protector, inverter and controller breakers and an AC Input-Output-Bypass Assembly. Components are listed to applicable UL standards and the assemblies are marked for streamlined inspections. Utilizing a compact all-on-one mounting plate design, they are fully pre-wired and factory-tested.
- A 5 kW DC solar system can take 3-4 days to install.
- Our kits use industry leading solar panels, inverters specifically selected and combined to make do-it-yourself installation possible.
- A homeowner who has wired an AC outlet and is comfortable working on their roof can install our Solar kit.
You will also be working with DC voltages as high as 150V DC and household 240V AC. You should be good with simple math and be mechanically inclined. If you're willing to give it a try, it can be a rewarding experience both in saving you a lot of money and of giving you a great sense of accomplishment.
If self-installation is not for you, we can help you find a local solar contractor to help you with the process.
A typical solar system for a home can be installed within one week. It is just 5 easy steps until you’re producing power from the sun.
- Check rules for installing off-grid solar power plant. At present utility rules do not require separate permission for installing a off-grid solar power plant. However, all parameters of safety and earthing should be considered and done by trained electrical installer.
- First, the mounting system must be installed. This is the most laborious process of the solar installation process.
- Once the mounting system is on your roof, the solar panels can be quickly installed.
- The batteries and inverter can be installed before or after the solar panels. The solar panels connect to the battery bank through the included charge controller. The inverter connects to the battery bank and converts the energy in the battery bank to 120/240V AC to power the household loads.
- When the installation is complete, you can do a complete safety check with your certified electrical contractor and he can sign off on it.
- Our job is not over until your system is producing clean energy from the sun! We offer you support throughout the installation process with manuals, videos, and technical support.