Off Grid Solar Systems There’s nothing better than the feeling of being off the grid. Getting started in this direction can be a bit overwhelming at first but with a little persistent and shopping around for a good deal is worth the time.
Self contained solar systems can be the way to go because you get everything you need in one place and you know all the components will work well with each other. Usually they’ve been through numerous tests in all types of situations so you can a feel assured your system will run smoothly for years.
The following is basic information for someone just getting started. If you already know what you want then skip down to the systems and see if one fits your needs.
Let’s start with the photovoltaic cells (sometimes referred to as PV or PV cells). These are activated upon getting sunlight. Once they start receiving sunlight, they start producing electricity in incremental quantities. This direct current (DC) is converted over into something that the house can use, like AC (alternating current). With current technology, PV cells are still improving in terms of how much they can generate per foot installed.
It is essential to calculate how many of these are needed before moving too far forward. In some cases, most homeowners might need less than they think. That’s where the second thing comes in. Some setups tend to use the PV cell’s electricity to charge up a battery bank and others tend to use those cells to help run a generator. Many systems combine these so that it is easier to store the energy for when those energy spikes rise (i.e. late at night when everyone comes home from work). There is usually a relatively big battery bank that many of these individuals use.
They capture the sun’s energy to recharge during the peak hours of each day and the batteries are ready to be used later on in the day when the sun might not be shining as much.
It might be worthwhile to look into other solar energy products as well. Solar panels can be a good way to capture energy for the higher energy consumption tasks, like heating and cooling or even running something like a water heater. Usually this partial system is what most individuals can afford, though those that get completely off the grid invest in more robust systems that can power the entire house if need be.
Solar hot water heating is something that is something that is also very interesting to look into. There are systems using solar panels to pump water through a solar hot water heater to help keep water at optimal temperature. This water heating method has been very popular with homeowners seeking to maximize their savings via the sun’s energy.
Though not a part of a kit, homeowners that are building their own houses often incorporate principles such as passive solar heating. This passive solar heating can be used in conjunction to the actual power to help reduce the costs and reduce the reduce the stresses on the system. The house is designed in a way to utilize the sun’s heating and cooling naturally, thus requiring fewer solar panels to use to power the house’s many appliances.
The important thing to remember, solar power is key if done right, but take the time to understand the principles to maximize the most benefits.
Sometimes getting into a solar power system kit the first thing that comes to mind is how big or small does the system need to be? Once you open that door you have to do some math to make sure you get a system that will be able to keep up. Or at least you will know what appliance you can run and when.
So if you have one 160 watt panel, that’s what it will supply. If you have an appliance that pulls say 1000 watts for a bit that will be a starting point. Ohms law states that amps x volts = watts.
Or watts/volts = amps Once you start running those numbers on all your appliances that will be using the system you will get a better idea. Some ratings will vary, like they may only give you the wattage but you will start to see after a bit how to calculate what you need to know.
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