OFF GRID SOLAR SYSTEMS

 

-Ultimate Home Energy Solution 1500

Our Ultimate Home Energy Solution 1500 solar array has lots of charge power and is capable of delivering between 2 and 4 kWh of electricity per day in most situations.

It is wired to a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller to maximize the output in all light levels. The 8000W OutBack Radian inverter delivers lots of power for household appliances. This model features clean sine wave power and produces both 120 and 240VAC, allowing things like well pumps to be installed in the system. It also has a powerful 100A/48V battery charger to quickly top up the batteries in winter.

If more power is needed in the future, you can add more solar or a generator. The optional Rolls Surrette Big Red battery bank is a great choice for energy storage. The installation of the UHES-1500 is straight forward and delivered as a kit. All you need to provide is the solar cable! A powerful way to live off-grid! Features of the Ultimate Home Energy Solution 1500 include:

  • 1500W solar array.
  • Sloped Roof Rack.
  • MPPT solar charge controller with meter display.
  • 8000W OutBack Radian inverter with prewired installation kit.
  • 120/240VAC input and output.
  • Array wiring and combiner box - homerun cable provided by installer.
  • Installation manual.

-UNES-1500        $ 16646.00 

RV KITS:

-HES-100FM         $345.00

This RV kit offers only the highest quality components, including the HES-100 solar module and the EWC-30 control centre, optimized for RV installations and full of features that RVers love. Performance, value and long trouble-free operation are what you can expect from your HES-RV system.

The HES-RV-100 includes:

  • One HES-100 solar panel.
  • One EWC-30 control centre.
  • Sunshine resistant power cable, mounting feet, hardware and instruction guide.

 

-HES -160FM       $420.00

This RV kit offers only the highest quality components, including the HES-160 solar module and the EWC-30 control centre, optimized for RV installations and full of features that RVers love. Performance, value and long trouble-free operation are what you can expect from your HES-RV system.

The HES-RV-160FM includes:

  • One HES-160 solar panel.
  • One EWC-30 flush-mount charge controller.
  • Sunshine resistant power cable, mounting feet, hardware and instruction guide.

-HES-260   $689.00

This RV kit offers only the highest quality components, including the HES-260-60P solar module and the SS-MMPT-15 and RM-1, optimized for RV installations and full of features that RVers love. Performance, value and long trouble-free operation are what you can expect from your HES-RV system.

The HES-RV-260 includes:

  • One HES-260-60P solar panel.
  • One SunSaver MPPT 15 Amp charge controller paired with a RM-1 remote meter.
  • Sunshine resistant power cable, mounting feet, hardware and instruction guide

 

Matrix Energy's Cottage Systems simplify the sizing and installation for most cottage or other remote home applications.

Each cottage kit includes solar modules, charge controller, module roof mounting hardware, lead acid batteries along with the appropriate combiner box, breakers, battery interconnects, MC output cables and AC/ DC lightning arrestors all matched and sized according to the average weekly energy production. For ease of installation the inverters come pre-wired and mounted on E-panels ready for a code approved installation. There are lots of kits out there, but none as complete as Matrix Energy Cottage System

Cottage Package 1, 2 & 3
These small, starter packages contain everything needed for weekend camp or cottage’s basic AC and DC electrical needs. The solar array will produce from 5.6 to 22.7 kWh each week in the summer to charge battery banks of up to 4.5 kWh.

Sizing Off-Grid Systems

Cottage Package 4 & 5
Packing enough power for full time, three season use in cottage country, the solar array in these packages will produce up to 54 kWh each week supplying power to either a 2.8 or 4.0 kW inverter and battery banks of up to 17 kWh.

Cottage Package 6 & 7
Designed for those with heavier AC loads or requiring four seasons AC and DC electrical power these kits include solar arrays yielding upwards of 108 kWh per week in the summer and 36 kWh in the winter, coupled with 35 kWh of reserve battery capacity.
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  Sizing Off-Grid Systems

Off-Grid Solar Systems

An off-grid solar system (off-the-grid, standalone) is the obvious alternative to one that is grid-tied. For homeowners that have access to the grid, off-grid solar systems are usually out of question. Here`s why:

To ensure access to electricity at all times, off-grid solar systems require battery storage and a backup generator (if you live off-the-grid). On top of this, a battery bank typically needs to be replaced after 10 - 20 years dependent on system design, and quality of batteries. Batteries are complicated, expensive and decrease overall system efficiency.BUT the choice is yours!There is advantages and disadvantages to both systems.

Off-grid solar system

 

Advantages of Off-Grid Solar Systems

1. No access to the utility grid

Off-grid solar systems can be cheaper than extending power lines in certain remote areas.

Consider off-gird if you’re more than 100 yards from the grid.  One pole min cost $25000.00 . The costs of overhead distribution  lines range from $25000.00- $37000.00 per mile (for rural construction) As of 2012.

 

2. Become energy self-sufficient

Living off the grid and being self-sufficient feels good. For some people, this feeling feeling is worth more than saving money. Energy self-sufficiency is also a form of security. Power failures on the utility grid do not affect off-grid solar systems.

On the flip side, batteries can only store a certain amount of energy, and during cloudy times. To compensate  you should install a backup generator to be prepared for these kinds of situations.

 

Equipment for Off-Grid Solar Systems

Typical off-grid solar systems require the following extra components:

  • Solar Charge Controller
  • Battery Bank
  • DC Disconnect (additional)
  • Off-Grid Inverter
  • Backup Generator (optional)

 

Solar Charge Controller

Solar charge controllers are also known as charge regulators or just battery regulators. The last term is probably the best to describe what this device actually does: Solar battery chargers limit the rate of current being delivered to the battery bank and protect the batteries from overcharging.

Good charge controllers are crucial for keeping the batteries healthy, which ensures the lifetime of a battery bank is maximized. If you have a battery-based inverter, chances are that the charge controller is integrated.

 

Battery Bank

Without a battery bank (or a generator) it’ll be lights out by sunset. A battery bank is essentially a group of batteries wired together.

The battery bank is the most costly and the most important part of your off grid solar system , that is why you must choose wisely.

Get the facts about how and why to choose your battery.


 

DC Disconnect Switch

AC and DC safety disconnects are required for all solar systems. For off-grid solar systems, one additional DC disconnect is installed between the battery bank and the off-grid inverter. It is used to switch off the current flowing between these components. This is important for maintenance, troubleshooting and protection against electrical fires.

 

Off-Grid Inverter

There`s no need for an inverter if you`re only setting up solar panels for your boat, your RV, or something else that runs on DC current. You will need an inverter to convert DC to AC for all other electrical appliances.

Off-grid inverters do not have to match phase with the utility sine wave as opposed to grid-tie inverters. Electrical current flows from the solar panels through the solar charge controller and the bank battery bank before it is finally converted into AC by the off-grid-inverter.

 

Backup Generator

It takes a lot of money and big batteries to prepare for several consecutive days without the sun shining (or access to the grid). This is where backup generators come in.

In most cases, installing a backup generator that runs on diesel is a better choice than investing in an oversized battery bank that seldom gets to operate at it`s full potential. Generators can run on propane, petroleum, gasoline and many other fuel types.

Backup generators typically output AC, which can be sent through the inverter for direct use, or it can be converted into DC for battery storage.

Remember the cheapest quote is not necessarily the cheapest in the long run .As a customer you need to educate yourself on what you are getting for your money . We can explain all of that to you ! Best bang for your buck.

When done correctly with a balanced system You would never know you were off grid.