Solar Off Grid

Off-the-grid is a system and lifestyle designed to help people function without the support of remote infrastructure., such as an electrical grid. In electricity, off-grid can be stand-alone power system or mini-grids typically to provide a smaller community with electricity.

Off-the-grid homes are autonomous; they do not rely on municipal water supplysewernatural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. A true off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services.

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

DC off-grid solar power systems are most often used to power DC appliances in 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

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

Small off-grid DC solar power systems can power tele- communications electronics in locations which are far away from power lines.