Have you ever thought about off-grid living or being totally power-independent in the location of your choosing? Well, Canadian Energy can help. We’ve created a video series that will walk you through a step-by-step process for how to determine if embarking on this lifestyle is right for you. From the reality check of "what am I getting myself into?" to "what components do I need?" to "how do I maintain my system down the road" we are answering some popular questions about how, and what its like, to live off-grid.
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What Am I
So you want to live off-grid eh? Here's a video about what to expect. What lifestyle changes do you have to make, what components do you need, and how long will it last.
Answering your common questions like, what does off-grid power actually mean? Why would there be no grid power in my area? I want to have complete independence when it comes to generating my power, how can I do that?
Wondering whether you should go totally off-grid or stay connected to the utility grid with a bit more independence? This video goes into detail about when to choose either option, and more information about both!
So, you're thinking you want to live off-grid? Great! Do you have to change your lifestyle? How is being off-grid different than being on the utility grid? Will I have to do a ton of maintenance on my off-grid system? All these and more answered in this video - how do I live off-grid?
Make It Work
Every off-grid system requires a lot of parts to get it up and running smoothly. This video will provide a detailed list of most things you'll need for your system. All of them are available through Canadian Energy - just contact us if you're interested in getting your own off-grid system setup!
Maximizing sun harvest is the most important consideration when it comes to solar panels. You have to think about where you'll put them, what direction they'll face, and what angle will allow for the most sun exposure. We discuss these details and different types of panel mounts in this video on panel mounting and racking.
Picking The Right
What is a solar charge controller? What does it do for my off-grid system? Why do I need one? All these answers and more in this video about solar charge controllers as a critical component to off-grid solar systems.
There are a number of different factors to consider when you're choosing an inverter for your off-grid system. This video explores information to consider and offers some advice to make sure you get exactly what you need for your application.
So you have your panels, inverter, racking and mounting, the next step is to be able to store your solar energy for future use. That's where the batteries come in. This video goes into details about what to consider when you're selecting a battery bank for your off-grid system.
Off-grid living without any other ties is the goal, but its likely that you'll deploy a backup generator for those 'just in case' scenarios. If you have a generator, the AGS functions to start and stop the generator based on battery voltage, charging batteries when needed.
If you have a battery bank for your off-grid system, you'll need a battery monitor. This device measures the amps going in and out of the batteries from different charge sources. It allows you to configure and control the DOD of the batteries which helps to maximize battery life.
Now you've got all the components of your system in place and ready to start working for you! In order to ensure the performance and longevity of your system, these are some simple maintenance and upkeep tips.