Integrating solar panels into your home is a great way to save money, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Today, we’re going to discuss one method for installing solar panels, called off-grid solar kits.
In this post, we’ll be answering some common questions about off-grid solar, as well as off-grid solar batteries.
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How Do Off-Grid Solar Kits Work?
An off-grid solar system is slightly more complicated than your standard solar systems, but that complexity allows it to be able to do a lot more. Most people who choose to install an off-grid solar system are looking to fulfill all of their energy needs through solar. That means they’d truly be off-grid. For this reason, you can often find a lot of these systems in more remote locations where access to power is hard to get.
So what are the steps within an off-grid system? Like standard systems, the sunlight is captured by the panels and then relayed to an inverter that turns the energy into electricity. Finally, it goes to a battery inverter where the energy is stored until you need to use it. As you can tell, there are quite a few working parts.
What Makes it Off-Grid Solar?
Off-grid solar has one element that other solar systems don’t have. That element is the battery. If you leave your house hooked up to the grid, you won’t need a battery or a place to store power. If your solar system wasn’t producing enough electricity, your house would simply pull from the power lines that are still connected to it.
One system isn’t necessarily better than the other. The system you choose to use has more to do with what you need than it does with anything else. If you do go off-grid, you will need to have a third source of power (often a generator) to produce electricity during cloudy winter days.
What is an Off-Grid Battery?
When you think of a solar battery, at first, you might think of something like a modified car battery. But, in fact, they are much much larger than the average car battery.
An off-grid battery or solar battery is essentially a very large deep cycle battery. They come in many different sizes. Some are smaller, and some are quite large. Before buying a solar battery, you’ll need to make sure that it’s big enough to handle what you want to power and that there is enough capacity to power your home. Second, you’ll want to make sure it’s high quality and that it will last. Solar batteries can be extremely expensive, and you don’t want to have to purchase them often.
Should I Consider Solar?
Off-grid solar can be expensive, and installing it is expensive. There’s a lot to consider if you’re thinking about adding solar to your home or business. We understand that, but we don’t want you to be afraid of the initial investments.
Solar can do a few things for your home if you’re willing to take on the investment.
- Increase the value of your home – solar is seen as an investment in your property value and increase the value of your home on average by $14,000.
- Help you save money on energy bills – some soar users have eliminated their electric bill, while others have been able to offset it by 25% – 50%.
- Do your part to reduce emissions – electrical plants are a large source of emissions in the US. By using solar, you can help eliminate some of the emissions and make our lifestyle more earth-friendly.
We’d love it if you considered solar as a way to invest in your future. Sun Badger Solar is a leading solar provider in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida. We believe in the work we do to make solar more accessible to you and how solar helps keep our planet clean and free of emissions. Feel free to use our free solar production calculator or reach out to us for a call.
We’re here to help you on your solar journey!