Off-Grid Solar Power For The DIY Fanatic

Solar power is costly initially but definitely does shave your costs in the future. Besides that, the convenience and peace of mind is enough to convince any man on the street that it is worth every cent. Of course if you really want to go the off grid solar kit and systems route but really don’t have the funds to install the complete system that will have you working independently from the grid then there are other options. Of course these options will apply to people who are hands on and have some technical capabilities. You can opt for the DIY route and still obtain the carefree lifestyle you so long for.

Although prices of the off grid solar kit and systems is reducing with every passing day, the installation is still extremely costly which makes it out of reach for many who really want to go that route.

Plan your off grid solar kit and system before beginning with any of the steps below. A basic diagram so you don’t forget any of the components or necessary checks.

The first step in your DIY system is calculating the load. The components you select will depend on the load required of the system and for how long the system is expected to run. In order to do this you need will need to decide which appliances you are running and for what length of time, calculate the watt hour using the simple formula which you can request from any solar power agent. Of course this is where you maths skills will come into effect.

Once you have calculated the load, you are able to begin with selecting the components required. Your solar panel has a DC output where power is only generated in the daytime hours. You will need a battery or batteries to store the energy generated during these daytime areas so that you are able to use it as you wish and an appliances you choose. Using a battery will offer you a stable, reliable source of power.

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity as direct current. Panels come in two forms which are mono crystalline and poly crystalline. Mono crystalline are more costly but also more efficient than their poly crystalline counterparts. You will need to ensure that your panel is large enough to charge your batteries to full capacity on a sunny day.

Solar charge controllers are placed between your solar panels and your batteries. They are required to regulate the voltage coming from the solar panels and maintains proper charging voltage on the batteries. The solar charge controller will prevent your batteries from overcharging which will damage them.

The inverter is required to convert the energy generated by the solar panels which is direct current, into electricity that can be used in your home which is alternating current or AC. AC is the current which is used on every power source in your home and is used to function any appliance.

The time has come to mount your solar panel. Find a place on your roof or even on the ground that is obstacle free and where the panel will receive direct sunlight without obstruction. The mounting stand can be purchased or made yourself if you have the skills required. Fix the stand permanently to the ground and mount your panel onto the stand. Remember to have the panel tilted at the correct angle, which you are able to inquire about at your local solar power supplier. Also remember the panel must receive maximum sunlight at all times.

Connect all your components correctly. This is where some technical know-how and knowledge of electrical circuits plays a part. If you are unsure ask for assistance from someone who has this knowledge.

You are now ready to enter the solar age and enjoy your completely Brisbane off grid solar kits and system. Never again rely on the electricity grid to maintain your comfort, safety and lifestyle.