What do I need to know?
By definition, an off-grid power system is any system that provides power where utility power is unavailable. A typical off-grid system consists of an off-grid inverter, battery bank, generator, and a DC power source such as photovoltaics or wind. A charge controller would also be used to harvest energy from the solar array and protect the batteries from overcharging.
System sizing is much more important on an off-grid system. To build a system that suits your unique requirements, several factors need to be considered:
- How much power do you expect to consume in a typical day?
- How many days or hours of power do you want your system to store?
- What is the largest load you need to run? How much power is required to start that load?
- What is your budget?
We provide both the knowledge and components for off-grid solar systems and can design a system that accommodates every type of location.
What goes into an off-grid system?
- Solar panels. The system's most central component. These convert sunlight into useable power.
- Generator. The sun isn’t always shining, so a generator is recommended as an emergency backup.
- Charge controller. The charge controller feeds your generated power into your battery bank.
- Battery bank. This stores your electrical energy and acts as a power reservoir. We carry a full line of long-life deep cycle batteries.
- Inverter/charger. The Schneider Conext line of inverter/chargers draw power from your battery bank & generator to meet the demanded load.
- Conext combox. The Schneider Conext Combox allows for realtime monitoring of your system and data logging so you can track how your system is performing. Perfect for installers or energy-wise users.
- Power to loads. The power drawn by your inverter/charger flows to your appliances and devices, bringing you the convenience of home to your cottage.
Where would I use off-grid solar power?
- Cottages, hunt camps, or cabins
- RVs and trailers
- Water pumps
- Backup power storage
- Billboards and signs
- Lighting systems
- Any location where there is no power source or where electricity rates are high.