Solar Power Systems

Homeowners, if you're looking to reduce your energy bills and create a better energy future for yourself and your family, why not look into going solar? We have an array of DIY solar power system kits with all the components you need - including panels, racking, an inverter, Balance of System (BoS) components and battery options. These components are top-of-the-line in quality so that you can be assured that your investment is safe! With our amazing money-saving potential through the use of electricity or even storing it for later use - why wait any longer to start budgeting for your own DIY solar power system kit? Contact us now for a free quote and start building the energy independence you want! Whether you're staying grid-connected or moving off-grid for total freedom from electric bills, we've got the perfect solar power system kit for you. If you don't see what you're looking for here on our website, give us a call at 877-878-4060 - we'd be more than happy to customize one.

Not sure if you want to do-it-yourself or hire a solar pro? Either way, altE can help. With a huge network of solar installers we can match you with an installer in your area.

Types of Solar Power Systems

Are you looking for the best way to build a solar panel kit to save money or go off-grid for total energy independence? If you want a comprehensive solar power system kit, you have to consider the components such as the panels, racking, inverters, balance of system components, and even battery options for energy storage. It’s time-consuming to source, pick and buy the right parts individually for your desired setup. Look no further than our DIY solar power system kits! Our ready-to-install kits come with all components for you or your hired professional, ensuring your complete satisfaction. We even offer customization services - just give us a call at 877-878-4060 and let us know what you need!

Note: Because each solar panel system installation is unique, some materials - typically available from local hardware stores - will need to be purchased separately from your solar power system kit to satisfy the needs of your specific project and local regulations.

Grid-Tie Solar Power Systems

Grid-tied solar systems are best for those who already have electric utility service, but wish to significantly reduce their electric bill by generating clean power with solar panels at their home or business.

Most forms of energy production generate so-called 'dirty' power - that is to say, electricity produced from sources that are bad for the environment.

This can lead to global warming, release of toxic gases, and a number of associated health issues and potential dangers due to air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. This is why there's a growing demand globally for cleaner and renewable energy sources such as solar power.

Grid-tied solar systems are the ideal solution for those wishing to not just reduce their electric bill but also provide an environmentally friendly option at the same time. It works by taking energy produced from your rooftop solar panels, sending them to the utility company’s power grid, and then you receive a credit on your monthly electric bill! Not only does this help in reducing pollution, but it makes clean energy more affordable too. With grid-tied solar systems, you can contribute to creating a greener and sustainable future without compromising your finances!

 Grid-Tie Solar Power Systems with Battery Backup

Best for those who already have electric utility service, but want secured power during utility grid outages without needing a gas or diesel generator.

Power outages can be detrimental to businesses, homeowners and families.

It's never ideal to experience a power outage - businesses lose revenue, food in the fridge spoils, comfort suffers and safety systems like fire alarms are compromised. But with utility grids becoming increasingly unreliable due to shocks from climate change, natural disasters and political unrest, it's more important than ever to protect yourself from unpredictable power losses.

The perfect solution is an electric utility battery backup system that enables you to stay connected during grid outages. Best of all, this system doesn’t require any extra infrastructure or generator operation – meaning no extra noise or fuel use! With a battery backup system in place, you can keep your home or business running without interruption even during long-term outages so you don't have worry about when the lights go out. Keep your family and-businesses safe – get a reliable electric utility battery backup system today.

Off-Grid Home Solar Power Systems

Don't want an electric bill- ever? Off-grid solar power systems are designed for the power needs of mid-to-large size homes that are not connected to the electric utility grid, lived in year-round, and must generate and store 100% of their own electricity.

Most of us worry about our electricity bills every month and sometimes it feels like it's an ever-increasing expense.

The hassle of having to manage electricity bills, relying on the utility company for power, and going off-grid with no backup should the power go out is a daunting task to take upon.

Off-grid solar power systems are designed to provide reliable and renewable energy, eliminating your reliance on the electric utility grid. Solar panels capture natural light and convert it into direct current (DC) which can then be used to run your appliances. With this system you won't have to worry about expensive monthly electric bills, as well as ensuring you have a reliable source of energy that won't be disrupted by storms or blackouts. You'll also be doing your part for the environment by reducing emissions often associated with traditional electricity.

Off-Grid Cabin Solar Power Systems

Perfect for the scaled-down power needs of small homes or vacation/seasonal-use remote cabins in areas where the connecting to the electric utility grid is unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

Not all homes and cabins have access to electric utilities.

Connecting to the electric utility grid may be unavailable or too expensive for many small homes, cabins, remote locations, and other areas without easy access to power. This means that relying solely on power from a generator or battery backups is tough due to limited capacity and high costs.

The perfect solution for powering these remote locations is solar energy. Solar panels can be scaled down for minimal power needs and installed in remote locations where access to the electric grid isn't possible. With solar panels, homeowners and cabin owners can enjoy reliable power at an affordable price while still reducing their environmental impact. Solar panels are also virtually maintenance free, meaning less worry about keeping them running year-round!

Off-Grid Tiny House Solar Power Systems

The smallest solar power systems, sized for the smallest houses. These kits include battery storage since tiny homes are typically used in remote areas, and in some cases even built on trailers for mobility.

Tiny homes can lack access to traditional utility services.

Living in a tiny house presents many different challenges from living in larger homes, many of which are related to accessing utilities. Not all rural areas have access to necessary power and water for small homes, and worse still, if the home is on wheels even those that do can be off limits due to mobility. Even for those who do have access - monthly bills for utilities can be expensive.

This tiny house solar kit offers a solution to these issues by providing affordable and efficient energy independence with its smallest solar and storage systems specifically designed for tiny houses. Power up your appliances, charge your devices and stay comfortable no matter where you are with a peaceful sense of independence knowing your electricity supply will never be dependent on local infrastructure or fluctuating bills. With easy installation, no maintenance costs and silent operation this makes the perfect choice for remote locations or those on the go.

Energy Storage Systems

Battery energy storage systems are a key part of switching to renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and they enable homeowners to access the excess power when it's needed. Energy storage systems make use of advanced technologies that allow them to store energy for later use. Lithium-ion batteries are typically employed for industrial, commercial, or residential applications at large scale plants and also in smaller home applications, but lead-acid batteries are also still used. Utilizing battery storage systems ensures a continuous source of renewable energy can be accessed.

Struggling to switch to renewable energy and stay connected to the grid while keeping costs down?

Even if you've got a simple solar panel system, you're probably not accessing all the power that you could be. With energy storage systems, you can access more of your energy when you need it, helping you become more energy independent.

We have the perfect solar power system kit for you, with an advanced technology that allows for efficient energy storage for when it's needed.

This video can help you decide which kind of solar power system kit is right for you and your specific situation.

Advantages of Buying a DIY Solar Power System Kit

  • Convenience of easy setup with a per-designed solar power kit
  • Rely on our decades of experience to guarantee a reliable and efficient solar power system
  • Durability of quality components chosen for the solar power kit
  • Custom solar panel kits are also available! Just request a quote or give us a call at 877-878-4060
  • Using power from your solar panels is clean, renewable, and free!
  • The sense of accomplishment from installing your own solar power system is unrivaled.
  • Make money by selling solar power to the utility grid
  • Maintain power in your house during grid outages
  • Power your home with complete independence from the grid

A Comprehensive DIY Guide to Solar Panel Kits

    Are you interested in installing your own solar panel kit and creating a solar array? If so, then this comprehensive DIY guide is just what you need! We'll provide you with all the information you need to figure out the system requirements for your project, whether you are installing an off-grid or grid tie system with or without solar batteries. We'll also show you how to set up both ground mount and roof mounted solar power systems. So, if you're ready to start creating your own solar panel kits and solar array, read on for our comprehensive DIY guide!

    Assess Your Energy Needs

    Before installing a solar power system, it is essential to assess your energy needs. This means taking a look at your current utility bill and determining how much electricity your home or business currently uses. Then, you can use this information to determine what size of solar energy system you will need to generate enough power to meet your energy needs. If you’re looking to go off-grid, you may need to factor in other appliances and devices that rely on electricity such as lighting and water pumps. Once you have an idea of your current and future energy usage, you’ll be able to better evaluate which type of solar power system is right for you. It’s also important to keep in mind any changes in your energy usage that may occur in the future if your home or business grows or changes. Make sure to check with your local utility companies for any additional requirements you must meet before installing a solar power system. Our kilowatt-hour calculator can be a big help if you don't have a utility bill available.

    Decide on Grid-Tie vs Off-Grid

    When considering a solar system, the first decision is whether to go grid tied or off grid. A grid tied system with net metering involves connecting your solar installation to the utility, allowing you to draw electricity from the grid and receive credits for the excess energy your system produces. Alternatively, off grid systems do not connect to the utility. Off grid solar systems rely solely on their own battery storage for all their electricity needs. Depending on your energy requirements, one option may be more beneficial than the other. It is important to research and consider which type of system will be best for you before committing to any purchase.

    Choose Between Roof-Mounted and Ground-Mounted Solar

    When it comes to installing solar panels on your property, you have two primary options: roof-mounted and ground-mounted. If you’re looking for a DIY project, you may want to opt for ground-mounted solar. This type of setup requires fewer specialized tools and permits, plus it’s less labor intensive and often cheaper than installing roof-mounted solar.

    In most cases, ground-mounted systems are slightly more efficient due to the angle of the sun, but the difference is usually quite small. Another advantage of ground-mounted systems is that they’re much easier to maintain, as all the components are accessible from the ground.

    That being said, roof-mounted solar is an attractive choice for many homeowners. The panels can easily blend into the roofline, and they’re especially suitable if you don’t have a lot of free space on the ground. Plus, with quality DIY solar panel kits coming with 25 years warranty, you can be sure your investment will last for years to come.

    Whether you choose roof-mounted or ground-mounted solar panels, the important thing is to make sure you select the right components and plan the system properly. The best DIY solar projects start with research and preparation, so be sure to check out what’s available before you purchase any materials.

    Consider Whether You Want Solar Batteries

    When building your DIY solar system, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make is whether or not you want solar batteries included. Adding batteries to your solar energy system can be expensive, but they may be worth the investment in certain cases.

    A solar battery typically comes with a 25 year warranty and will allow you to store the energy produced by your panels. This can be useful for grid systems and off-grid projects alike. With a grid tie system, solar batteries will allow you to store excess energy produced by your solar installation and use it later when there is no sunshine or when rates are higher. Net metering makes this unnecessary if you have access to it, as the utility company will pay you for the excess energy your solar energy system produces.

    On the other hand, an off-grid system will require batteries, as the energy produced by your DIY solar panels must be stored in order to power your home during dark times or when your panels aren’t producing enough energy. Solar batteries will also be necessary for any type of DIY solar project where you want to use more energy than your solar panels can provide during peak daylight hours.

    When deciding whether or not to add solar batteries to your solar project, it is important to consider your system requirements and budget. Batteries can add a significant amount of money to your overall solar installation costs, so if you are looking to save money on your utility bill then it may be best to forego them and just stick with a grid tied system or ground mount solar setup. However, if you plan on going completely off-grid and don’t have access to net metering, then investing in solar batteries may be your only option.

    No matter what type of DIY solar project you decide on, you should always consult with an experienced professional before purchasing any components. An expert will be able to advise you on the best type of system for your home and guide you through the process of selecting the right solar panel kit and charge controller for your needs.

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    Determine The Number of Solar Panels Needed

    Figuring out the number of solar panels needed for your DIY project can be a challenge. Before you purchase any solar panels, you need to make sure that your system requirements are met. This will depend on the type of grid tie, ground mount, or roof-mounted solar system you have and what size utility bill you need to cover.

    When calculating the number of solar panels required, it is important to factor in the 25 year warranty of your chosen solar energy system equipment. The higher the wattage rating of your system, the more solar panels you need. Once you have taken into account all the necessary information and determined how many solar panels you need, you can begin building your DIY solar project. If you are installing a grid tied system or a battery backup system, make sure to research the right number of solar panels necessary to keep your utility bill low.

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been doing incredible work to help extend the lifetime of solar modules.

    Find The Right Solar Panel Kit

    When it comes to finding the right solar panel kit for your DIY solar project, there are several factors to consider. First, you should evaluate the system requirements for your specific application. For instance, if you’re installing an off-grid or grid tie system with or without solar batteries, then you’ll need to determine the number of solar panels required and select the appropriate charge controller. Additionally, you should research available warranties, such as a 25-year warranty, which may come with the purchase of a solar energy system.

    When selecting a grid-tied solar system, look for a kit that has grid-tie capability and can be used for net metering agreements with local utility companies. This will allow you to offset your monthly utility bills and save money on your electric bill. For those looking for ground mount systems or roof mounted solar, the right solar panel kit should include all the necessary mounting hardware and tools required to install the system.

    No matter which type of DIY solar project you undertake, take the time to find the right solar panel kit that fits your needs. With a reliable grid solar system, you can rest assured that your solar installation will help you maximize savings on your utility bills while providing clean energy to your home.

Looking for more?

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has put out an in depth report on solar energy, as has the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), and the Department of Energy.  

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