An off-grid solar system is designed for the power needs of mid- to large-size homes. Unlike grid-tied solar systems, off-grid systems have no connection to the utility grid, and must make all the electricity necessary to power your home.
Off-grid solar systems operate from the stored energy in a battery bank. Solar panels generate power to charge the battery bank. Your off-grid solar system must be sized properly to meet your daily power needs and replace the stored energy pulled from the battery bank.
The custom-designed kits below include the major components needed for your off-grid system. Questions? Give us a call at 877-878-4060 and talk to one of our solar pros who will work with you to design an off-grid home solar system that meets your needs.
More Info on Off-Grid Home Solar Power Systems
Off-grid living is appealing for many reasons. Maybe your utility company is unreliable, or power from the utility company in your area is too expensive. Regardless of your reason(s) for going off-grid, the first step is to determine how much power you will need to produce and store.
6 STEPS TO DESIGN A DIY OFF GRID SOLAR POWER SYSTEM
Check out our video that outlines the 6 steps required to design a DIY off-grid solar system. We cover everything you need for a DIY solar powered system.
- Determining how much power you will need
- Calculating the amount of battery storage required
- Calculating the number of solar panels needed for your location
- Identifying a solar charge controller
- Selecting an Inverter
- Balance of System (BoS)
DIY OFF-GRID SOLAR POWER SYSTEM OVERVIEW AND WIRING
Are you planning on installing your off-grid solar system yourself? That’s great! We’re here to help. In the video above we walk you through wiring your solar system components together for a safe DIY solar installation. You will learn the basic components of an off-grid solar power system, with example schematics. More importantly, you’ll learn how to safely wire and interconnect everything from your DIY solar panels, to your charge controller, battery bank, inverter, and balance of system components.
USING ALTE’S OFF GRID SOLAR CALCULATOR
Confused about where to start sizing an off-grid solar system? We have you covered! In this video we walk you through altE Store’s off-grid solar calculator. The altE off-grid calculator is a great place to start planning your system.
The calculator covers everything from the number of solar panels needed, to the number of days of autonomy required for your needs.
USING ALTE’S LOADS LIST CALCULATOR
Do you know your power needs? The first step in creating an off-grid DIY solar system is identifying how much power you will need to create and store. To do that you need a detailed load list. Check out this video on how to use altE’s load list calculator to properly size your system.
Taking the time and effort to evaluate your power needs ensures you are installing a solar system that meets your needs now and into the future. As you size a system to meet your needs you will probably find ways to use less power, whether it’s replacing old lighting or appliances. Going off-grid requires maximum efficiency, and identifying ways to become more efficient and reduce waste will make sure you always have the power you need.