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OFF-GRID POWER SYSTEMS
When the utility power is unavailable or too expensive to bring in to your home or cabin, solar panels allow you to be your own utility company!  You can live in peace, with no noisy gas generator to disturb the quiet.  There are several variations of off-grid solar power, depending on your needs and budget. 

All variations of off-grid solar power depend on solar electric panels and store electricity in a bank of batteries.

Off-grid DC Solar Power Systems

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DC off-grid solar power systems are most often used to power DC appliances in  RV’s, boats, and cabins, as well as farm/ranch appliances like cattle gates and rural telecommunications systems when utility power is not accessible. 

DC solar power is less expensive than AC solar power because an inverter is not required to convert the electricity produced by solar panels and stored in batteries from DC to AC.   But DC solar power does NOT power standard AC appliances.

Off-grid AC Solar Power Systems

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Off-grid solar power also stores DC electricity in batteries. The addition of an inverter allows this system to convert DC electrical current coming from the batteries into AC or alternating current. AC is the standard form of electricity for anything that "plugs in" to utility power and is the appropriate current for common household appliances.

While AC off-grid solar power systems are more expensive because of the cost of the inverter, the appliances you are able to use are less expensive and there are more kinds of appliances to choose from.


Off-grid Solar Power for Remote Telecommunications
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Small off-grid DC solar power systems can power tele- communications electronics in locations which are far away from power lines.




Off-grid Hybrid Systems
use a combination of solar panels, wind generators or gas generators. Gas generators are noisy, notoriously difficult to start, require more maintenance than an entire solar panel system and require you to haul fuel or have it hauled. Don't say we didn't warn you.


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Off Grid Solar Power Systems Information:
Sizing Your Offgrid Solar System - Based on your existing use of electricity, figure out how many panels your off grid system will need to produce.
Load Evaluation Worksheet - If you are building an off-grid home, this will help you estimate how much electricity you will need.
Power Consumption Table - Want to know how much power something uses? Many common items are covered here.
  What kind of grounding and lightning protection do I need?
System Grounding - It's the most asked question we get. Read all about it.





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