Most solar systems used both in residential homes and commercial businesses are tied to the power grid. Using solar power to replace some or maybe all of the traditional power supplied by the grid is a popular option throughout Australia. But off-grid solar power is an option for some homeowners that should be considered. Let’s take a look as some of the reasons homeowners may consider off grid solar systems in Tasmania for their power. |
Going off the grid can be a viable option for smaller households that use less electricity than a typical family. For new construction on property located far from the grid, it may be more cost effective than laying cables to connect with traditional power sources; depending on the size of the structure and expected energy use.
For those considering renovating an existing out building to be a second living space, or building a new structure, an independent solar system may be ideal. A small guest suite or in-law residence, office or artist studio can all be supported by an off-grid solar system.
Depending on where you live, you may need less storage capacity when going off the grid. Homeowners living in areas that experience consistent sunshine throughout the year won’t need much extra battery space. Those living in areas that experience fluctuations in light during the winter and summer may need a battery with a higher storage capacity to decrease the chance of blackouts that occur when there isn’t enough energy to power the building. The general rule is that you should have enough power storage capacity to last through four consecutive days of seriously overcast or rainy days.
While off grid power has some great benefits, it also has some disadvantages that should be considered before becoming reliant on your own solar system. One of these disadvantages is the need for a source of backup power.
Because you won’t be relying on the grid anymore, you will need a backup system to keep your building running if your batteries become depleted or stop working for any reason. Typically, homeowners that rely on off-grid solar power have a petrol-powered generator as a backup. Unless you plan on keeping some portion of the home tied to the grid, backup power is a necessity.
Another deterrent for many individuals is the initial cost of an off-grid solar system. The costs of getting a system set up and running efficiently can be quite intimidating, but they could be much lower than getting your home connected to the grid – especially when living in a more rural area.
Now that you know a bit more about solar systems and off-grid solar power, you can make the best decision when it comes to your home. Be sure to speak with a professional about your building and the goals you would like to achieve when it comes to solar power and which system you should choose. Off grid solar systems in Tasmania may not be an option for everyone, so discuss any questions or concerns with a technician near you.
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