Solar energy is the most abundant energy source on the planet. Today, residential solar power is mainstream and much more affordable. It’s clean, reliable and maintenance free.
At Independent Power, we have over 15 years’ experience sizing and designing solar electric systems for residential customers throughout the state of Maine. Give us a call to learn more.
An off-grid system is an electrical system that is not connected to the “grid”, a term used to describe power provided by a utility company. With an independent, or off-grid solar electric system, you become your own power company generating your own electricity. That means no electric bills and no blackouts.
An off-grid power system is ideal for new home construction, remote sites, seasonal camps and cottages and island properties. In the case where your little slice of heaven just happens to be too far to reasonably plug into the grid, or power line easements are unattainable, an independent power system may even help maintain the privacy you were looking for when you purchased your remote site.
How Off-Grid Solar Works
When the sun shines on your solar modules, direct current (DC) is produced. The DC power is stored in a bank of batteries specifically designed for your application. A generator will charge batteries when there is not enough sunlight. The generator can also be wired to handle certain heavy electrical loads. The stored DC current from the battery bank is then converted into AC house current by an inverter. The household current produced by the inverter is the same, if not cleaner than, utility power.
The cost of your power system depends on its size. System size is not determined by the square footage of your home, but by how much electricity you need to generate and how much solar gain is available. The more energy efficient you are, the more money you will save on the size of your power system. The rule of thumb is that for every dollar spent on energy efficiency in your home, you will save approximately $3 to $5 on your power system.
Give us a call to get your project started. Rick will discuss your needs with you and properly size a system. We’ll then provide you with a written quote and you’ll be on your way to energy independence!