5 Solar Generator Secrets Everyone Must Know
The five essentials which you should consider prior to purchasing a solar generator
When it comes to living off the grid and becoming a prepper, many people have turned to solar panels and solar generators as a way to supply themselves with renewable energy.
However, there are several different ways in which to determine the proper solar generator for your home.
Here are 5 solar generator secrets for your prepper checklist.
1) Battery Storage Capacity
This is the most vital part of getting your solar generator. You want to insure that the generator can be used in all types of weather.
Idealistically, your panels will always have access to a sun source. Yet, this is not the case in most situations.
Power will need to be generated at night as well as on days which are overcast and cloudy. The only way in which the solar panel will be able to generate electrify during these times is if the battery storage has a high storage capacity.
When you are looking at a solar generator you will be presented with the number of amp hours. You will need to calculate the wattage per hour (as most devices are rated on watts).
To do this: multiply the amps by the volts. You will want to ensure that your batter storage capacity is higher than the demand.
You do not want to use all of your power at night or during bad weather.
NOTE: Battery rating is not the same as the wattage hours. Where the battery rating may be high the actual hourly usage may be limited.
2) Solar Panels Input
Basically, if you want to have solar generated power, you will need to have solar panels.
Not every solar panel will give you the same results and you need to ensure that the panels will maximize the amount of usable storage hours.
As the sun is only available for a limited amount of hours each day, your solar panels need to be positioned in such a way that they capture the most sun.
This is one of those situations where technology can help you.
Google’s Sun Map can show you the savings as well as the points which will have the most sun.
The software is integrated into the google map platform.
However, if you want to stay away from the internet, you should have an analysis done on your home to determine the best placement of your solar panels.
If you find that the solar panels are of low quality, then you will want to replace them with higher quality ones. Do not try to compensate for low quality by buying more cells.
3) Does the generator give off enough power
Your renewable energy is only as good as the power which can be conducted off of it.
For example: if you have a generator that only allows for 120 volts of power, you will be a bit hard pressed if you have anything running off of a 220.
You will also need to check to see how the power generated will affect the battery usage hours if the generator has the capabilities for multiple voltage power generation.
For example: If you have a generator which can power a 120v appliance for 100 hours and the same generator can only power a 220 for 45 hours then you may have to find something a bit stronger.
Do not assume that you can simply cut the power in half or double the power to figure out how long the generator will last when giving out power.
4) Does my Solar Generator Really rely upon renewable energy
One of the things which perturbs me about solar generators and any “green” technology product is that the products are not always self-sufficiently focused.
In many cases you will find that the generator allows for the implementation of solar powered storage, but that the main methodology for collecting power is through linked-in electrical storage. In other words you are getting a backup or your generated power.
Consider it this way: If you get a generator which “supports” solar power generation then you will probably have to hook the generator into the grid, your main power is (if this is the case) probably from a linked in source and the generator is your backup power.
If the power goes out then the stored electrical power kicks in. Once this is used up then the solar panel power is used. For self-sufficiency it is ineffective.
When looking for a generator, ensure that the primary function of the solar generator is to conduct power from solar panels. Ensure that you do not have to have the generator linked in.
5) Check the building ordinances and zoning restrictions concerning solar generators
The final consideration which you should definitively address is the building and zoning regulations of your area concerning solar generators.
Where you may want to have a solar generator as your main source of power, many states are adamantly working against full self-sufficient housing.
Living off the grid through the use of a solar generator may be construed as violating the mandated need for sustainable and reliable electricity.
Do not go completely off the grid (as far as your renewable energy is concerned) without ensuring that you will not be fined, that your home will not be condemned or seized, or that you will be imprisoned for it.
Those which have gone completely off the grid have seen such issues (for example PA and Florida have both seized and arrested individuals whom have used solar generators and solar power as their only source of power.).
These are but 5 things to consider when picking a solar generator.
Of course, you will want to ensure that you buy a dependable model, that the life of the generator is the best for your needs, that the generator has a warranty against lightening and other common things which could disrupt/damage the output of power, and that you get an energy efficiency evaluation of how the generator will affect your home’s self-sufficiency.