There are many benefits to installing an off grid solar system. Not only are you able to live anywhere, but you’ll save money and help the environment. However, not all solar components are designed equally, and you’ll need to do your research before investing. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Off Grid Solar?
Off grid solar systems are not connected to the grid. Also known as stand-alone systems, they provide electricity where grid power is either unavailable, unreliable or too expensive. They generally consist of the following components:
- roof- or ground-mounted solar panels
- a battery bank to store energy
- an inverter and/or charger
- system monitoring equipment
Some people choose to install an integrated backup diesel generator for energy security during bad weather and/or the cooler months.
Benefits of an Off Grid System
The main benefits of going off grid include:
- solar and batteries are increasingly affordable
- reduced electricity costs
- flexibility to live anywhere
- good for the environment
- sustainable lifestyle
Of course, the long-term success of your off grid system is dependent on proper design, planning and installation. We always recommend engaging a professional because designing a reliable and efficient off grid solar energy system isn’t as simple as you might think. Furthermore, off grid systems are larger than regular domestic systems and use a high voltage to operate. Therefore, the installation will need to be completed by a licensed and experienced electrician.
How an Off Grid Solar System Works
The below video gives a good overview of how an off grid system works. Remember, your system will need to comply with all relevant industry standards and regulations.
Installing an Off Grid System in Nowra
If you are looking to install off grid solar in Nowra, or any of the surrounding areas of the Shoalhaven, simply give Walker’s Electrical Solutions a call. We offer off grid solar packages tailored specifically to you match your needs. With our professional advice and service, you’ll be able to make the most of your solar power system. Living in a remote area shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice the comforts you are used to!