Go Green with Off-Grid Solar Solutions:
Solar panels are often used to power a structure that is not attached to the regular electric supply; these are "off grid" applications. Your solar system will charge up a bank of batteries which are then used to power your appliances with the use of an inverter. Inverters enable you to use everyday items, just like at home, but using power you've generated with your solar panels. Use the sun as your power source with minimal change to your daily routine.How Do You Choose a Solar Panel?
There are various solar technologies, and choosing the right one for your application is important. For areas with lower light conditions, you should purchase solar panels with amorphous or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technologies. For areas with higher sun exposure, you should be looking at polycrystalline solar panels. Sunforce
carries solar panels with all of these solar technologies. Solar panels can be hooked up in parallel to increase the rate at which they charge your battery bank.How to Select an Inverter:
An inverter is the device that converts the DC power created by your solar panels and being stored in your batteries into AC power like that used in your home. There are two
types of inverters; modified sine wave and pure sine wave. When powering more sensitive electronic equipment you should be using a pure sine wave inverter. This clean power has very low harmonic distortion which allows for less static or noise. Motors run faster, more quietly, and produce less heat. In other words, a pure sine wave inverter most closely matches the regular AC power that comes from your electric
company. Sunforce carries both modified sine wave inverters and pure sine wave inverters
. What Else is Needed for Your System?
A charge controller
is a very important feature of a solar system and must be used on all systems over 15 Watts. A charge controller protects your batteries from overcharging as well as discharging at night. As mentioned above, you will need a battery or battery bank for your off-grid solar system to function. Sunforce recommends the use of a 12-volt deep cycle battery
. Additional batteries may be placed in the system to increase the storage space for the energy produced, enabling you to power more appliances for longer. When there are multiple batteries, batteries must be hooked up in parallel.