I’ve never studied solar systems, but I knew I wanted one once I heard the power company would allow them to be used (as the production source). I wanted a big enough system to cover my usage. Since I use around 15,000 kWh a year, I called around to get pricing and to understand what was available nowadays.
Our customer Leon of Ohio shared these pictures of his ground mount solar array in progress. Leon has twenty REC TwinPeak 2 290 Watt solar panels mounted on a SnapNrack and Hollaender fitted ground mount in his backyard.
Our customer Ted, of Chicago sent us some great photos of his recent installation. Ted is using LG 335's mounted on IronRidge racking with a Schneider XW+ 6848 inverter with XW-MPPT-80 charge controllers to run his residential solar grid-tie with battery backup system.
You have read Home Power Magazine and their articles on off-grid living, helped your friend install his solar panels on his RV and are thinking about building your own cabin in the woods where there is no utility power. What do you need to know to be able to build your own off-grid home to support your simple, yet semi-electronic lifestyle? This article will tell you what you need to know before designing your off-grid home, what considerations to take into account and how you go about creating your own bill of materials to get started.