Specialists in stand alone (off grid) power.
LJW Solar has been installing off grid power since 1982. This means that no one knows solar like we do.
LJW Solar began as a specialist in off-grid this
field, and is still a leader today. Very few companies provide the expertise
needed. We often hear from people who have inquired about stand alone power
with another solar company and have been
given no answers, half answers, or have been mislead. It is not the type of
thing that a company can just make a sideways shift into. It is a highly
technical field that involves separate training and specialist installers.
specialist staff for stand alone power, as well as staff that “walk the talk”
and actually live off grid.
Off Grid – Stand Alone Power - Remote Area Power Systems
For a lot of people, connecting to the grid is
either very difficult, or very expensive.
Once upon a time, the power companies used to
contribute to the cost of connecting power to a new home.
As companies have privatised, and the principle of
‘user pays’ has taken hold the cost of connecting a new house to mains supplied
power in rural areas has increased massively. We often hear examples of people
that have been quoted over $100,000 to connect to the grid. In one case a
customer had been quoted just over $10,000 a few years ago and when they
reinvestigated it, the quote was now over $50,000! This is why stand alone power is needed.
In other cases, due to location, connecting to mains
power may have never been an option. In some cases, the quoted cost from the
grid owner for connection was enough to pay for a complete off grid system that
would give them free power!
The main difference between on and off grid systems
is that :
- Off grid power is not a backup. It is everything.
- The system must allow for storage (batteries)
- The system must integrate power production, power
use, system information and system health
- System design and matching to user needs is criticalThe
system can allow for backup power from another source (such as a generator).
- Not every solar company can provide off grid power.
- There are additional system components
- Because the systems are often rural, we often use
space other than roofs
- We often recommend sun-tracking systems due to the
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- It is harder to make guesses about costs, as
solutions tend to be designed rather than pulled off a shelf.
- There is increased maintenance and ongoing attention
- The choice of components is even more important than
Stand Alone Power is substantially more expensive
than a conventional “on grid” system. Prices for systems can increase
substantially based on your power demand, pattern of consumption, required days
of autonomy and the use of a backup power system such as a generator.
If you would like to discuss your needs with one of
our consultants, please call … The first
step will be a load analysis which you can download and complete.
If you have an existing system and would like some
advice on upgrading or maintaining it, please call us for a discussion.
If you need a quote on a system
we look at a stand-alone systems there are a number of factors to take into
consideration. It is very important to know as much about power required and
the living habits of the owners. We are able to design systems from very small
to very large. Systems can be designed to be up graded when the family grows or
when more power is required. When completing the load analysis it is advised to
start with the most important items and finish with the least important. If you
have a site plan and photos you can send me it all helps customise the system
to suit. Keep in mind when selecting electrical items to run on SAP that they
need to be as efficient as possible. Also remember that gas is a far better
option for heating and cooking. Please feel free to call with any questions you
What makes up a system?
Solar Sun-Tracker system or fixed on roof
Call us now to determine your power needs. Every
household has different needs, we can design a standalone solution to fit your
life style, or upgrade your system to meet the growth needs of your family or
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