Off-Grid Solar System on Vancouver Island | Viridian Energy Co-op

Renewable Energy For Off The Beaten Track

Suitable for Remote Areas. Everywhere Utility Power is Not Available.

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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.

Energy Storage
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.

Solar Panels x 3
Solar Power 0.9 kW
Solar Panels x 9
Solar Power 2.7 kW
Solar Panels x 18
Solar Power 5.4kW
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/day3.1 kWh/day6.2 kWh/day
Lights & LaptopLights, Laptop
Fridge & TV
Lights, Laptop, Fridge
Freezer, TV, Water Pump (1hp)
Autonomy3 days3 days3 days
Add Inverter/Charger$2,000$5,000$5,000
Total Cost$6,500$19,500$35,000
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