Reno Off-grid Solar Kits With Batteries
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What is an off-grid solar kit? Are they useful? Are there better options? You may find yourself asking these questions while researching the best way to power your own home with solar energy. Choosing the best solar option can be a difficult and sometimes confusing topic, which is why Go Solar Group is here to help!
Our first piece of advice is simple: avoid solar kits! The allure of lower prices has its appeal but the work required to install an off-grid system on your own far outweighs the money saved by purchasing an inferior kit.
Instead, consider a professionally installed off-grid solar array. This investment will provide a sturdier, more efficient energy system sized to your needs without the hassle of installation and permitting!
Adding an Off-grid Solar Power System to Your Reno Home
Before adding an off-grid solar system, first, consider your home’s requirements. What size array does the house need to create a self-sustainable energy system? What pieces will the solar power system require?
Determining the Size of Your System
Step one is figuring out how much energy you need to power your home. Electricity usage will vary based on the house size, the number of electrical appliances used and how long you use them.
Calling the utility company and asking for your monthly electricity usage over the last year is the easiest option. However, homes best suited for off-grid solar typically have never had a grid connection.
The average American home uses around 11,000 kWh per year. In 2019, Nevadans paid about $3.70 per kW of installed solar. A simple way to estimate energy usage is through the Department of Energy’s appliance energy calculator.
From the home’s annual usage, we can determine how many solar panels the house will need. This calculation will help determine the right system for you!
Necessary Components for an Off-grid System
An off-grid solar array requires multiple components. These include solar panels, inverters, solar batteries, charge controllers, a racking and wiring system, and more.
The average home needs 28-34 solar panels and 8-14 Powerwalls to go off-grid. Nevadans need at least 420 square feet of roof space for the solar panels.
Batteries have particular importance for off-grid solar installations. Without them, the home will only run during the day, when the weather permits. An off-grid Reno home with sufficient backup batteries will have no trouble with outages like this.
Why a Customized Off-grid System is Better in Nevada
Nevada is well suited for installing an off-grid power system. From large amounts of sunlight each year to plenty of space, use this opportunity to check out off-grid solar packages!
Off-grid Reno Solar Panel Packages
Go Solar Group offers solar packages for homes of all shapes and sizes! Featuring our German engineered Axitec solar panels, we provide top-notch solar power options to all our customers. Should you find yourself needing more options, we also supply premium rate LG, Solaria and Silfab panels – perfect for a house without the necessary roof space.
Customizable Solar Array
Our trained technicians have experience with customizing off-grid solar to our customers’ wants and needs. We tailor everything from the solar panels and inverters to the batteries to meet your Reno home’s energy needs! Take the first step by getting a free quote, and discover whether an off-grid solar power system will work for your home.
When is Going Off-grid Worth it?
Going off-grid typically makes the most sense for those who would otherwise need to pay for the grid to come to them. Homeowners already connected find the cost of adding enough solar panels and storage to meet all their energy needs exorbitant compared to staying connected.
Thankfully, not every home needs to go off-grid. A free quote from Go Solar Group is an excellent way to begin researching whether going off-grid is worth it.
Solar Batteries and Grid-tied Homes in Nevada
If going off-grid isn’t an option, that doesn’t mean adding battery backup is out of the picture. Many solar homeowners can offset their utility costs by adding a home battery or two and taking advantage of net metering, time-of-use (TOU) metering or electric vehicle rates.
Net metering allows homeowners to sell surplus energy back to power companies, who return it to the grid. TOU metering charges customers different rates depending on the time of day and season of the year. When combined with a battery backup option like the Tesla Powerwall, the stored solar power can reduce power bills.
NV Energy currently offers net-metered Nevadans a credit for their excess solar at 75 percent of the retail rate for the next 20 years from their installation date. Customers can choose whether they would rather use the utility’s standard, TOU or electric vehicle rates.
Installing an off-grid solar panel system for homes is a daunting task, but you don’t have to do it alone! Go Solar Group’s technicians are here to help. Our highly rated personnel and equipment can assist in making your own self-sufficient, solar-powered home!