There’s just something magical about off grid solar living. The independence. The connection with the rhythms of nature and cycles of the sun. The sunny days when you have more power from your solar panels than you can use so you plug in the ice maker and the Vita Mix and make solar powered frappuccinos; and sit under the shade of the array, on the porch next to the wood fired hot tub, with some good friends and just enjoy the world going around…
We just finished this 1.56kw solar project this week: DP&W Top of Pole Mount; Suniva 255W solar modules; 8 – Trojan L16-H batteries for a 48V system; Outback Energy’s new 8kw, 240V Radian inverter system; Midnight Solar Charge Controller; Generator input for those long cloudy winter days when it’s absolutely necessary (and only when it’s absolutely necessary). The Washington State electrical inspector gave us a thumbs up and said “I wish you guys could do all these systems I see.”
At Hire Electric this is what gets us up in the morning (and the solar powered coffee keeps us going in the afternoon). It just doesn’t get much more rewarding than wiring an off grid home in the middle of nowhere and seeing the customer smile from ear to ear when they realize they don’t have to run that noisy, stinky generator any more. We call it the solar powered smile effect: Stay sunny and keep smilin’.
This system uses Schneider Electric’s XW system (Schneider (think: Square D) bought Xantrex in 2009) and their new XW MPPT 80-600 Charge Controller with 21 Sanyo HIT225 solar modules for 4725 Watts of Solar. 6000 watt grid tie/battery back up inverter. 415 AH Full River Batteries. In grid tie mode this system will offset about half of the homes electric bill. When the grid goes down the system transfers (lights hardy flicker and computers stay on line during transfer) to batteries and solar, keeping all of the critical loads up and running for indefinite autonomy. These batteries will run the critical loads for about two cloudy days. A portable or stationary generator can also be tied into this system for use during long cloudy times.