Off Grid Solar Power. A solar system that provides off grid living... anywhere under the sun. Living off the grid offers security and freedom from ever rising energy costs.
Off grid home solar power systems turn areas once considered uninhabitable into comfortably liveable spaces completely independent of the power grid.
Not always the more costly choice, a remote off grid residential solar power system can sometimes be a more economical choice than grid power. In addition to the cost of erecting power poles and stringing power lines to your location an ever increasing monthly power bill will find it's way to you if you connect to the grid.
Once an off grid home solar power system is established the cost of the energy for the next 40 years is nothing. When the whole thing is added up, solar power makes a lot of sense for remote applications
The cost of an off grid home solar power system is substantial. A photovoltaic system would cost in the neighborhood of $30,000 (average) without any rebates factored in. And that's after you've cut your energy expense, implemented passive solar, switched to solar water heaters and pumps. Additionally, the batteries will need replacing every 5 years or so.
Solar panels convert sunlight into 12 volt (DC) energy which is transported to and stored by the deep cycle batteries.
In this form the energy will run any appliance or device that uses 12 volt power or that has a plug that fits into a vehicle cigarette lighter. 12 volt power does not run most household appliances or electronics.
For the most part, households use 110 volt (AC) power and that's where the inverter comes in. An inverter converts the power from 12 volt to 110 volt for use in your home.
The charge controller (regulator) prevents the batteries from over or under charging. Situated between the solar array and batteries, the regulator significantly extends the life of the battery bank.
Solar off grid power is available at major home building stores and at many on line stores.