Afraid you can’t build your own solar?

Well not to worry, below is just a sampling of the projects that our customers have successfully completed using our Off-Grid Solar Basics guide. With a little knowledge and some perspiration, you can be the owner of a fully functional off-grid solar system as well.

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Customer: Stephen Mallinson

  • Array Size: 12.5kW
  • Batteries: 32.5kWh of LG Chem Rack batteries
  • Location: New South Wales, Australia

Install Notes: I’m using an Australian made ‘Selectronic’ storage controller, this is a very cool unit… it can mange unto 15KWh, either all from batteries, or a combination of AC Coupled PV or Generator (which I don’t have yet). The Inverter is a Fronius Primo 6.0KW, this is AC coupled and managed by the Selectrionic… I have used some old style Fronius products in the past, they are very robust. The Batteries are from LG Them, these are the ‘Rack’ unit model, I have five modules, each has a capacity of 6.5KWh, so 32.5KWh stored, although only 29 KWh is useable… this has a build in BMS and Selectronic have a special comms boards that directly interfaces with this model…also very cool. The PV Panels are also LG NEON 2, there black and are ‘bench’ rated at 335Watts each, in reality, its less than this, but I have 21 of these [editors note: now 37 total]. This project has been a big learning curve and I’ve loved every minute of it

Customer: Robert Barclay

  • Array Size: 1.8kW
  • Batteries: 21kWh of Tesla Model S modules
  • Location: Princeton, NJ

Install Notes: Our desire has always been to go off-grid with our Tiny house. Having the ability to park our Tiny anywhere and not be dependent on a power cord, would be a great achievement. That would entail some solar panels, an inverter, a charge controller, and some batteries. How difficult could this be? Lots of people seemed to have done it before. Well, once again, our situation was a bit unique so it required a fair amount of research and custom set up. There was lots to be learned. A few words about the battery install. This was definitely the highlight and the “cool” factor of this system. It was also the part that was not standard off the shelf. We had to manufacture the terminal connectors from copper bars and then the mounting brackets from wood that we tied into the floor. Perhaps the most exciting event for us was that the system generated 2kWh of energy, despite the fact that it rained the entire day. Yes, on a day of rain!!! We didn’t even see a ray of sun. Now, that is awesome!

We officially cut the cord.

Customer: Justin Fletcher‎

  • Array Size: 5.3kW
  • Batteries: 21kWh of Tesla Model S modules
  • Location: Missouri

Install Notes: I have 12 SunPower E-20 435 watt panels. (Only 10 are currently connected) They are connected 2 parallel each to a midnite disconnect box. From the disconnect box to the magnum panel box. (Another disconnect inside the house) the solar power then gets sent to a midnite classic 150 (charge controller). I have 4 MS Tesla batteries wired 2 series 2 parallel.(not pictured sorry) This then runs from batteries to my Magnum PAE4448 inverter. Power from my inverter is wired directly to the house main panel. This is NOT a grid-tied system. This is a stand-alone system and has been working great.

It takes a bit of time to understand what you are doing but once you do it is so empowering and it saves you money if you are planning for the future.

Customer: Stephen Knappe

  • Array Size: 1.5kW
  • Batteries: 10kWh of Tesla Model S modules