Residential Solar Off-Grid describes a solar system that is not connected to the power grid. There are benefits of going Off-Grid:
1. Avoid Power Outages
You generate your own electricity where you need it – your place. There is no risk of snow or winds taking down power lines, and no exposure to the vagaries of an aging power network.
AA Solar will produce an alternative energy system custom-designed for your specific power needs, removing the risk of power outages.
2. Self Sufficient
Going Off-Grid, you will no longer get a power bill. Period.
3. Most Viable Option For Remote Areas
Often grid power supply is just not available or insufficient to meet your needs. Or the cost to have one installed can be eye-watering, for the pleasure of paying a power bill for the rest of your life! If you live in a rural area, an Off-Grid option may well be the best option both with respect to cost, surety of supply, and to avoid power bills.
The 5 Main Components of an Off-Grid Residential System.
- Solar Panels
- Battery Inverter/Charger or multi-mode Inverter
- Solar Inverter (AC) or Solar Charge Controller (DC)
- Battery Bank
- Backup Generator
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Residential, Solar Off-Grid Frequently Asked Questions.
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What will I sacrifice by being Off-Grid?
With a correctly designed system, you will not notice the difference between off-grid and Grid-Tied. Even in bad weather, your home always has the power you require. However, to achieve an “On-Grid” experience where you can ensure hot water, cooking, cooling and heating, you need to work with an experienced Off-Grid Solar Engineer.
What are the benefits of an Off-Grid System?
The benefits of Off-Grid Energy Systems are numerous: No power bills, no connection fees, protection from rising power prices, independent and sustainable electricity, clean, renewable energy. Best of all, when the grid goes down, you remain fully powered. To summarise you get: Savings, Control and Certainty.
Ground Mount or Rooftop Installation?
Choosing the right racking usually comes down to a combination of factors, including the direction of the sun, shading, space and cost. Your dedicated Solar Engineer will work through all the options with you.
What is an Off-Grid Photovoltaic System?
Although they are most common in remote locations without utility service – off-grid solar systems can be utilised anywhere (e.g., RVs, campervans, lighting, pumps, & homes). These systems operate independently from the electricity grid to provide an application’s or household’s electricity needs. An off-grid system will generally require a battery bank to store the electricity generated during the sun hours by the PV modules. This allows the stored energy to be consumed during the night and/or under cloudy (low generation) conditions. A charge controller (or regulator) is used to correctly charge and prevent overcharging of the battery. An inverter can be used to convert the DC power to AC for use with AC household appliances.