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Off grid solar panel system for cabin or weekend house

 

This solar panel system is large enough for a small, energy efficient off grid cabin or vacation home, providing power for lights, a well, electronics and a few basic appliances. If you do the installation and wiring yourself, the components for a system your cabin can be surprisingly affordable, some online dealers sell packages for $2000.00 to $3000.00. A small gas power generator or windmill can also be added to the system if needed for a backup power sourse during cloudy periods.

Larger houses or houses with lots of power hungry appliances need additional solar panels and barriers base on the size of the house, the power usage, location and other factors. Solar panel suppliers can help you size the system, and additional panels and batteries can be always be added in the future.

 

 

 

 

The additional components used in this solar panel system:

     1. DC safety disconnect. The safety disconnect allows you to shut off the flow of power from the solar panel to the battery for maintenance or repairs.

     2. DC load center. The DC equivalent of a circuit breaker box.

     3. AC circuit breaker. This is a small version of the circuit breaker box found in almost every home.

     4. System monitor. A system monitor tracks power consumption and will let you know if your batteries are getting dangerously low fully discharging a deep cycle battery will shorten its life.

 

 

 

 

Whole house on grid solar power system

 

A whole house solar power system connected to the power grid will need and array of solar panels producing several thousand watts of power to meet household needs depending on house size, energy efficiency and other factors, but the system is fairly straightforward, especially if you dispense with the battery backup. Power flows to a grid tied inverter designed to work with the utility system electrical grid. The incoming DC power from the solar panels is converted to AC with an inverter then fed into the house circuit breaker box and used just like power from the utility company. Any power that’s not needed flows into the electrical grid through a production meter running the meter backwards. The electrical grid functions like a battery absorbing extra power or providing it, as needed. If you create more power than you use, most utility companies will pay you or credit you for the excess.

One of the advantages of this type of system is that you can start small, then add additional solar panels later. It also eliminates the need for expensive batteries and ensures a continuous, reliable flow of power. However if the utility company suffers a blackout the solar panels will not be able to provide power to the house unless you have a battery backup system in place. If your house already has power lines coming in from the utility company, it makes sense to leave them connected when you install solar panels so you can use the electrical grid for storage and backup.

 

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