Off-grid solar power systems supply electricity to properties that are not connected to the electricity network/grid. These systems are also referred to “remote area power systems” (RAPS) or “stand-alone power systems” (SAPS).
Essentially off-grid solar power systems are independent mini-power stations that create dependable and reliable electricity that is no different to that supplied by the national electricity grid. Whether it is for a small or large home, new or existing; farm or weekender, an off-grid solar power system will generate reliable, clean and hassle free electricity.
What are the components of an off-grid solar power system?
Solar panels – the panels absorb sunlight and convert it to direct current (DC) electricity.
Inverter –Converts DC power to AC power that standard appliances use.
Charger Controller / Regulator – Communicates between the batteries and the inverter to work out when to charge the batteries.
Battery – Stores energy for use when solar power is not producing, such as at night time or inclement weather.
Generator – emergency back-up power supply.
Reliability is paramount in off-grid solar power systems.
Installing inferior components or under-sizing a system can have disasterous consequences for off-grid systems. Choosing quality components is important in all solar power system systems, but it is absolutely critical in off-grid systems.
Our preferences are:
LG, Flex or REC solar panels;
Selectronic, Fronius, ABB inverter/charger controllers;
LG and Ecoult batteries.
Designing and sizing off-grid solar power systems is important and there are a lot of factors that must be taken into consideration. It should be done by a Clean Energy Council accredited solar designer/installer. If the system is under-sized you will be drawing on the generator much more than is economical. If the system is over-sized, you are simply wasting money.
It can be very tempting, but buying one-size-fits-all “DIY kits” online is fraught with danger! Don’t trust the design of your electricity generation plant to just anyone.
Talk to the experts. Call Electrical Sensations on 46372744 to discuss an off-grid solar power system to suit your needs.