An "Off-Grid" system is essentially a stand alone power production and storage station. Solar power from the PV panels charge a large battery bank with the help of a charge controller. A power inverter then takes that battery power and converts to regular household AC power. When there is not enough solar power to keep the batteries sufficiently charged, alternate power sources must kick in (such as a gas/diesel/propane generator) to supply the charge current.
Applications for Off-Grid Systems
An off-grid setup can be built to virtually and size and/or requirement. From the smallest single panel system for Vans, RVs, remote pump houses etc. right up to powering full size homes year round, free from BC Hydro and the threat of power outages, we can confidently build the system that is right for you.
Having Lived and raised our children completely off-grid for the last 16 years, we have had our share of lessons on what it takes to develop a comfortable off grid lifestyle. Although there are compromises to be made, one of the largest benefits is having uninteruped power when the rest of the community's power is off-line from winter storms. In the heavy wind storms of 2018, most of the Southern gulf islands went without power for days to weeks. At home, we still had all of the ammenities. Power, pressurized hot water, heat, and safety.
Off-grid is indeed not for everyone. However, in locations that are prone to power outages, or where BC Hydro is just too expensive to bring in, it is a proven technology that should be considered.
Grid-Tied Solar PV Systems
When connect to BC Hydro and their existing "Net-Metering" program, you can use Solar power to offset and potentially eliminate your need "grid-power".