Off grid solar systems provide electricity to areas that are not attached to the public electricity network. They are usually known as remote power systems or stand alone power systems.
Off grid systems are independent power station systems which can power ample appliances and households within a particular area. This electricity is no different from the one that we usually get from the main electricity grid. Stand-alone off grid systems is the perfect solution for all kinds of spaces, whether they are large or small, a business or even a whole community. They are clean, reliable and hassle free.
Everyone who makes the switch to solar thinks about if it’s possible to just disconnect from the grid completely and go off-grid. However you have to really think about your options and understand the outcomes of such a big decision and if it’s worth it?
Is it is easy to go off-grid with solar?
Unless your electricity consumption is quite low, say between 5 and 20 kilowatt-hours every day, it is not easy to completely go off grid and enjoy everyday comforts you are used to. Although the price of solar has reduced considerably over the past couple of years, going for a stand-alone system would make sense if you live in an area where grid-connected systems can be expensive to buy.
If you live in an extremely urban area, you will have to carefully consider you options before thinking about going off-grid completely. In order to do that, you’ll have to alter the way you consume electricity by becoming extremely efficient or spend a lot of money on getting a solar storage system which is large enough to power you through cold and wet nights.
How do they work?
Off grid systems supply electricity to areas that either not connected to or have disconnected from the local electricity grid. Electricity which is generated by wind turbines, solar panels and fuel generators power your electrical appliances or charge through use of batteries via inverters. During the night, the inverters supply the home with the energy which was stored in the battery. As the sun rises the following day, the same cycle repeats itself.
Off-grid in the city: Is it possible?
Some states like Sydney are lucky enough to get a more bit sun compared to Melbourne and Tasmania so switching to solar there would make more sense. During winter, when the days are shorter an average sized solar system wouldn’t make enough to power an entire household even if there was energy storage available.
Switching to solar can be a big decision so it’s really important that you take everything into consideration before making the switch. Go through your options and consider the benefits of making such a move. If you feel it’s the best option for your household then by all means go ahead.
Using solar can be great due to the benefits of using it to its maximum. An average household can easily cover its everyday power usage with some careful planning and monitoring how the system works. In this way, you will utilise the power generated from the machine as it is made.
Switching to solar is a big decision and deciding to go off grid can be an even bigger decision to make. Think about various factors and consider your options before taking the final decision. Chat to your local energy providers and do considerable research on your own. If possible talk to customers who have switched to off-grid solar and ask them about their experiences. Once you have ample information to help you make your decision, choose wisely.