Business’ come in all shapes and sizes and require a specific system to meet their needs. Solar Off Grid Systems are ideal for Business Owners that would like to work away from the grid. The first step in designing a solar off Grid system is to look at the electricity demand and usage. If working in a conditioned Facility, special considerations should be made to decrease the electrical load:
- Efficient Equipment – Business’ will require specific equipment for their focus and specialization. When available, efficient equipment should take preference over their comparable alternatives.
- HVAC – Efficient air conditioner equipment should be used. Electric heat is a burden on battery banks and should be avoided.
- Gas Heat – Gas should be considered for all heating applications. This includes water heaters, furnaces, and cooking appliances.
- Efficient Lighting – LED and CFL bulbs should be used instead of the conventional incandescent type bulb.
- Appliances – Energy star rated appliances are recommended.
- Insulation – High R-Value Insulation should be utilized to reduce the demand for Air Conditioning in the home.
- Windows – Look for windows that have a low U-Value and tint. Avoid locating windows in areas that get year-round southern exposure. Extended eaves can sometimes be used to allow for shade during the summer and heat during the winter.
- Pumps – When available, high efficiency pumps should be utilized for water, irrigation, and septic equipment.
The following Voltages can be provided for off the grid businesses:
- 120V Single Phase
- 120/240V Split Phase
- 120/208V Three Phase
- 277/480V Three Phase – Often from a Transformer w/ a 120/208 off grid system
- DC Voltages – Some Business Owners may demand a voltage source that runs at a 24 – 48 Volts DC.