Off-Grid Solar

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?

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Components of an off-grid solar system
  1. Solar panels. The system's most central component. These convert sunlight into useable power.
  2. Generator. The sun isn’t always shining, so a generator is recommended as an emergency backup.
  3. Charge controller. The charge controller feeds your generated power into your battery bank.
  4. Battery bank. This stores your electrical energy and acts as a power reservoir. We carry a full line of long-life deep cycle batteries.
  5. Inverter/charger. The Schneider Conext line of inverter/chargers draw power from your battery bank & generator to meet the demanded load.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.