What You Need to Know
The electrical energy loads is the first place to start and determines the size of your system. It is essential to plan ahead and really get this part right as adding additional loads in the future can be a costly change. To start this process we can provide you with a load sheet or we can work with you to fill one out. Its really important to spend as much time on this as necessary and think through what your electrical needs are now and in the future. Your electrical load is determined by the electrical requirement of the load and the amount of time it is run.
Days of Autonomy
Days of autonomy is a term used in off-grid design to describe the amount of time (usually in days) you expect to be able to run your loads directly off your batteries before they need to be charged. This determines the size of the battery bank you will need. Usually, 2.5-3 days is a common target and is important for systems where there will be little or no sunlight to charge the system at certain times of the year.
Your energy storage or battery bank is determined by your loads and days of autonomy. Storage is by far the most expensive single aspect of an off-grid system and the reason why your loads and days of autonomy need to be carefully planned. We will help you determine the best battery type to meet your needs based on your usage, budget and willingness to work on the system. We supply everything from flooded lead-acid batteries to lithium ion. Solar + We design your solar array or other renewable energy source (Wind/Micro-Hydro) to provide as much energy as possible into your energy storage to meet your needs and budget. This is very location specific and depends heavily on site sun exposure.
Most often than not, in BC we require an additional source of energy to top up batteries when there is not enough solar energy to charge the batteries fully. In most cases a backup generator is used and this can be designed to be automatic or manually started. Selection of generator size and type is important to ensure maximum compatibility with your system.
Off-Grid Sample Pricing
The information & pricing below is an example of a possible system.
Estimate will be provided for each individual project.
|OFF-GRID 1.0||OFF-GRID 2.0||OFF-GRID 3.0|
|System||Solar Panels x 3|
Solar Power 0.9 kW
|Solar Panels x 9|
Solar Power 2.7 kW
|Solar Panels x 18 |
Solar Power 3.4kW
|Battery Bank 7.3 kWh|
Battery Type AGM
|Battery Bank 18.4 kWh|
Battery Type AGM
|Battery Bank 36.7 kWh |
Battery Type AGM
|1 kWh/day||3.1 kWh/day||6.2 kWh/day|
|Appliances||Lights & Laptop||Lights, Laptop|
Fridge & TV
|Lights, Laptop, Fridge |
Freezer, TV, Water Pump (1hp)
|Autonomy||3 days||3 days||3 days|
How to work with us
Step 1: Learn - If you have read through this page and done some research you are ready to move onto the next stage.
Step 2: Rough Estimate - Fill out this contact form and we will get back to you to start a discussion about your needs and give you a rough idea of costs.
Step 3: Design & Site Evaluation Contract - If the rough estimate sounds reasonable, we will start a design contract. This contract will include a complete site assessment with the aim to answer all your questions and evaluate your needs and options. In addition, we will design a system that meets those parameters.
Step 4: Deposit & Contract - Once the design is complete we will ask for a deposit and for a signed contract for the installation.
Step 5: Installation