The costs of off-grid systems have come down over the years. However, solar power is still no small investment. But there are significant savings to be had by reducing our electric energy footprint. So, to put first things first, we’ll take a look at ways we can reduce electricity needs.
In order to build more familiarity with off-grid solar systems, we take a high-level overview of my home solar system.
When connecting multiple solar panels into an off-grid energy system, there are a few wiring options: parallel, series, or a hybrid (a combination of the two). In this blog, I’ll show you the basics of wiring solar panels in parallel and in series. Then, using my off-grid system as an example, we’ll see why we would use one or the other, or both. Let’s start off with a quick comparison of parallel and series circuits.
How do we get our typical household 120 VAC current from a 12-volt battery? Let’s take a look at a simple inverted system which provides that function.
When we rely on solar power for our off-grid system, how can we have power when the sun isn’t shining? Let’s take a look at a very basic system with a battery.
What is the simplest solar system? Let’s take a look at one. Though it will not take our entire house off-grid, we can get our feet wet as we work towards understanding off-grid systems.
Since this is the 2nd time I’ve replaced this Radian board, I thought I’d video the process.
One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do I go off-grid?” This is the first episode in a new series that will help YOU answer that question.
A little info on the actual solar panels:
The Iron Ridge solar ground mount system is the first I’ve ever installed: