Technically yes, but for the majority, no. There are certain considerations when going off-grid with solar panels. You first need to ensure the placement of your home and how much sun shines on it a day. The second consideration is the size of your home and how much power you use. Lastly, you need to consider the type of solar batteries available in your area.
The Placement of Your Home
If you are considering getting a solar panel system on your home and wondering if you might be able to go off-grid you should first consider the placement of your home. You want your home to be a place and position that gets lots of sunlight throughout the day. You want to think about what the weather is like year around in your area. If you are living in a rainy or cloudy environment you might not be in the best location to go off-grid with solar power. You’ll be able to generate some electricity but probably not enough to rely 100% on your solar power. Most solar panels work together with your municipal electricity to save you money on your electric bill.
The Size of Your Home
The size of your home and how much power your household uses will determine how many solar panels you will need to add to your house. In order to generate enough power to go off-grid with solar energy, you need enough panels to be able to get hit by the sun. On top of having enough panels added to your home, you will also need a solar battery to home the power generated from the panels.
Solar Batteries in Your Area
Solar Batteries are a rather new technology to solar panels. Not all Solar Panel installers offer them in their packages. Without a solar panel to save the electricity generated you cant go off-grid because you won’t be able to store energy. Solar panels don’t generate electricity at night and hardly generate electricity on a cloudy or rainy day. The battery is meant to store excess energy so that you have it on a literal rainy day.
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