Off-Grid Solar Resource Guide
Whether you’re currently living off the grid, or planning to at some point in the near future, you’ll need a clean and reliable source of power for your daily electrical needs. For the independent, Do-It-Yourself builder, you may want to take advantage of the free sun by building your own solar energy system.
While we always recommend working with a certified solar installer who is familiar with off grid equipment, we understand that you'd rather install your own system. We’ve provided a few resources below to help you get started.
The information below is provided for educational purposes only and should be applied at your own risk. We will not be held responsible for any harm or injury as a result of misunderstanding any of the content.
Table of Contents
Tips to help you become familiar with building your own solar power system for living off the grid. We’ll cover basics on how off grid solar works, how to design your system, and how to choose the right components for a solar system.
Chapter 1 - How Off Grid Solar Works
Chapter 2 - Electricity Basics
Chapter 3 - How to Design Your Solar Power System
Chapter 4 - How to Select Solar Panels
Chapter 5 - How to Select a Battery
Chapter 6 - How to Select an Inverter
Chapter 7 - How to Select a Charge Controller
Chapter 8 - How to Select a Mounting System
Chapter 9 - How to Install the System
Below are a list of resources that provide an overview of how solar energy systems work off-grid. These articles will provide you with an understanding of these systems without getting too technical or overcomplicated.
Before going solar, it’s important to understand how electricity works and how it relates to solar power. You’ll understand the basic concepts of electricity that is needed to design and build your solar system.
- Basics of Electricity
- Voltage, Current, Resistance and Ohm's Law
- Electricity Basics Explained Simply
- Electrical Basics 101
There is no one-size fits all solar power system. Each system is tailored to your individual needs. The resources listed below will help you design the right solar energy system suited for your off grid living needs.
- 6 Steps to Designing an Off-Grid Solar Power System
- How to Size Off Grid Solar Power Systems Like a Pro
- A Year Off Grid - Solar System Components, Design, and First Hand Experience
Solar panels are one of the main components of any solar energy system. Choosing the right panels will either make or break your solar power system. The resources provided below will help you understand what factors to consider when choosing solar panels.
- How to Choose the Right Solar Panel
- Selecting the Best Solar Panels
- How to Choose a Quality Solar Panel
While solar panels can collect an infinite amount of energy from the sun, it won’t matter unless you can store this power. Batteries play a crucial role by storing energy from the sun for later use. The resources below will help you choose the right battery for your system.
- How to Choose the Right Battery for your Solar Power System
- How to Size Your Off-Grid Solar Batteries
- Choosing the Best Batteries
Once your solar panels collect power from the sun, you’ll need to convert that power from DC to AC power which your appliances can use. Inverters do that job by converting DC to AC power. The resources below will explain what factors to consider when choosing a solar inverter.
- How to Choose the Right PV Power Inverter
- Choosing an Inverter
- How to Pick the Right Off-Grid Inverter
A charge controller regulates the amount of power that goes from your solar panels to your battery, which prevents it from overcharging. The resources listed below will explain what factors to consider when selecting the right charge controller for your system.
You’ll need to mount your solar panels properly, whether it’s on the roof or ground. The resources listed below will help you select quality racking systems for your solar system.
Now that you’ve designed your solar system and selected the right components, the resources listed below will provide information on how to actually install the system in your off-grid home.
- DIY Off Grid Solar System
- A Complete Guide to the Installation of Off-Grid PV Solar Power Systems
- 9 Steps to Build a DIY Off-Grid Solar PV System
- Installing Your Own Remote Off-Grid Solar System
ConclusionAfter extensive research, we hope that the information listed above will help you design and install a solar power system for living off the grid. We welcome any feedback, so feel free to contact us with any suggestions. Thanks again, and good luck with your solar system!