Off-Grid Solar Basics

Go Where You Want to Go, Do What You Want to Do

No Utility Required

There are so many places to enjoy that are beyond the power lines. But that doesn’t have to mean roughing it at your weekend getaway cabin or out-of-the-way home. Off-grid power systems allow you to have all the comfort and convenience electricity offers, without being confined to the footprint of the electrical grid. So, go ahead and leave the beaten path. Many of our clients have done it, and so can you.

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What is “Off-Grid” anyway?

From remote cabins to mobile campers, there are lots of situations where you need power and are nowhere near a utility line. Off-grid systems are able to provide electricity when and where you need it. Simply put, being “off-the-grid” just means you are your own power company. You can be off-grid in the middle of nowhere, or you can be off-grid in the middle of everything.

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How it Works

Off-grid power systems balance electrical generation with use and storage so you can safely produce, consume, and store electricity. Because these systems are independent, it is important to account for all possible electrical needs, storage requirements, and balancing the cycle of annual usage and production capability of your renewable energy equipment.

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Living Off-Grid

To live off-grid you will likely need to adjust when and how you use electricity so you can live within the capabilities of your system’s design, and to keep your system expenditure reasonable. This doesn’t necessarily imply doing without, but rather a shift to more conscientious use of electricity.

Calculate Your Loads

We recommend that before you choose an off-grid lifestyle you talk with a few folks who are already doing it. This will give you practical information that you may not come across in your other research. The home of Tim and Alana Nelson, owners of Fire Mountain Solar, was operated completely off-grid for 14 years, and our nearby office was off-grid for nearly as long. Tim and Alana are happy to share with you about both their personal and professional off-grid experiences. We can also get you in touch with others living off-the-grid, and you may also be able to find some folks online and through local organizations that support renewable energy and green living.