Weather you are an eco friendly tree hugging human, to a frugal finance expert looking to save some pennies and you want to ensure you can save some money by installing solar panels yourself, and are wondering how you would go about it - well you have come to the right place to find out about solar kits.
Whilst we could not condone you connecting up to your households mains supply without a professional electrician, and we can not be held responsible for you wasting your money or having a kit which is not suitable, we have a pretty good idea what we are talking about from experience.
There are many uses for a solar kit, from those of us lucky enought to have a garage without power, or those looking to run a home office on the cheap needing to charge a laptop - you always need a power source and why not save money at the same time?
The great things about solar kits, is they are a one stop cost and after that they provide you with free electricity for years - but there are some risks!
Well apart from the obvious ones of you falling off the roof, or even electricuting yourself on the high voltage (240v) side - you could potentially waste a large amount of money if you do not calculate the wattages needed to run your equipment and run out of power! Whilst this may seam like an easy fix - you do not want to be completely flattening your batteries as this can destroy them and very quickly you will need to be buying more batteries for your solar kit.
Throughout this site you will find lots of references to solar kits using the shorthand annotations such as kwh for Kilowatt, Ah for Amp Hours and V for volts. Whilst for a novice this appears very complicated, it is quite simple when you realise Amps, Volts and Watts are related:
- Watts = Amp x Volts
- Amp = Volts / Watts
- Volts = Watts/Amps
When you sit down and work out that you need one of the three, you can always calculate the requirements, for example in my old computer with a 330watt power supply, I know it is based around 240v AC, therefore I can calculate the Amps required by simply substituting the values as per the example below.
- Amp = Volts / Watts
- Amp = 240 / 330
- 0.73 amps = 240 / 330
This information is key to building your own kit - if you feel comfortable then please proceed to look around the site - we hope you will find it useful.
However if you dont feel comfortable then can I suggest you find a professional installer - we have some listed under our partners to the right.