Off-Grid Solar Energy Arden NC

Local resource for off-grid solar energy in Arden, NC. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to solar power system, flexible solar panels, off grid panels, and grid tie solar panels as well as advice and content on solar energy, and power output.

Green Brothers Solar, LLC
(828) 280-7287
8 White Ave
Asheville, NC
Services
solar thermal, Solar PV, Radiant floor, Training

Sundance Power Systems, Inc.
(828) 645-2080
11 Salem Hill Rd.
Weaverville, NC
Services
Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water, Radiant Floor Heat, Wind and Hydro Power for Residential and Commercial Systems.

Appalachian State University
(252) 717-9730
PO Box 9096
Boone, NC
 
Accelerate Solar
(877) 997-7652
1719 Kensington Drive
Charlotte, NC
Services
Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Photovoltaics, Solar Power, Interconnection

Earthwise Energy Solutions
(919) 210-9135
1251 NW Maynard Rd Suite 226
Cary , NC
Services
Energy Audits, Improvements

Asheville Geothermal Inc.
(828) 712-6786
PO Box 18757
Asheville, NC
Services
Geothermal HVAC Systems

NCSU Renewable Energy Society
(919) 515-9782
Box 7401
Raleigh, NC
 
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
(919) 832-7601
P.O. Box 6465
Raleigh, NC
 
Bowman Mechanical Services
(919) 772-6460
145 Technical Court
Garner, NC
Services
geothermal and conventional HVAC

Green Brothers Solar, LLC
(828) 280-7287
8 White Ave
Asheville, NC
Services
solar thermal, Solar PV, Radiant floor, Training

Off Grid PV Systems

The following are elements of off grid, independent solar electricity systems. Anyone with an off grid system will need to know how their system works and the basic function of all elements of their solar electric system.

Off-grid systems can be installed by a professional installer. Many amateur electricians and independent power enthusiasts create and engineer their own solar energy systems.

Components you really need to understand:

  • Solar panels collect sunlight and convert it into an electrical current. Solar panels are supported by solar mounts (or racks).
  • Backup generator. These are required for emergencies and to cover your energy when you get weeks without sunshine. Some true greens will forego these, as they are noisy and polluting.
  • An inverter is an important part of many energy systems. It converts direct current (DC) energy into more widely usable alternating current (AC) energy.
  • Batteries store energy for later use. To learn more see our page on batteries.
  • Wiring to the house's "normal electricity." By this, we mean the house's breaker panel and beyond that, what electricians call your "load."
  • A system meter measures how full your battery is, how much electricity the panels are producing and how much electricity you are using.

Smaller elements:

  • A main DC disconnect is found in any battery-based system, between the battery and the inverter. This is a large breaker to allow easy shut off, for battery se...

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