What You Need To Know Before Going Off-Grid With Solar
Here are the main things you need to know before investing into a stand alone power system for your property
With the cost of connecting to the grid on the rise the idea of going off-grid and achieving total energy independence is becoming more and more appealing. For anyone with a general understanding of solar energy systems and production, the process of creating a system that is 100% self-sufficient may seem as easy as adding a battery and a couple extra solar panels…unfortunately, there is a little more to it. We’ve compiled a list of things you need to know before going off-grid with solar.
WHY WOULD YOU GO OFF-GRID?
Cost of connection! When you are deciding what is the best energy option for your property/home be sure to check the cost of connecting to conventional grid-powered energy. In some cases, the cost of connecting to the grid from an isolated or remote location can be astronomical and looking at alternative options can be the best option. Energy independence isn’t just reserved for those living remotely; for some, the cost of connecting to the grid can be low but their energy goals align more closely to the benefits of an off-grid system. For this group, we recommend a hybrid system, including solar and battery, allowing the customer to still draw power from the grid when necessary, albeit infrequently.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT INSTALLER
What can often be overlooked when shopping the market for a potential off-grid installer is the after sales and system maintenance support that this provider offers. Off-grid system owners and the installers become a partnership – this system needs to be able to provide your residence with power all year round for years to come and there is a significant amount of maintenance and troubleshooting required to keep you powered. Your chosen installer takes on the role of your energy provider and as such, they should be you first point of contact for system issues, troubleshooting or repairs. The right installer will be able to remotely access to your system to provide service and maintenance as well as be responsible for solving these issues on site.