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Off-Grid 3.6kW Residential Solar Power System - Base Kit
|Item code||Model number|
|KITOFFGRIDBASE1||Off-Grid 3.6kW System|
Off Grid 3.6kW Solar Power System
Looking for an off grid system that will power your cabin, home, or other remote location? Look no further. altE has designed several kits that give you the option to choose the best sytem for your needs - whether you're looking for a roof mount system, a ground mount system, or a pole mount system, or if you have a preference of a battery technology for your energy storage. There is also the option of adding wind power to your off grid system, for a hybrid alternative that complements solar perfectly. These kits are designed to provide you with most everything you need to go off the grid. The performance of each off grid solar power system will vary greatly based on the location where it is installed. See the map below to see the solar potential in your area. And, if you need help sizing a system for your off grid home, start by checking out our Off Grid System Calculator.
How much power will I get from this system?
Find your location on the Map. This map shows the amount of daily power, in hours, received each day, on an optimally tilted surface during the time of year when there's the least amount of sun.
Base Components of this Off Grid System:
The solar panels and the pre-wired inverter/charge controller system and components are included in the base kit. Battery bank and Mounting solutions are options that you can add on.
|Off-Grid 3.6kW Solar Power System Includes:|
|Part Number||Item Description||Quantity|
|SOW300SW300MWOB||SolarWorld 300 Watt Solar Panel||12|
|PVCH4-30FT||30' H4 Connector Cable #10 AWG||2|
|PVCH4-50FT||50' H4 Connector Cable #10 AWG||2|
|GENT4KEY||Disconnect Key for Solar Panel Connector Cables||1|
|GENSR-2HOLES-LN||1/2" Strain Relief, 2 Round Holes/Locknut||4|
|GENSR-1HOLE-LN||1/2" Strain Relief, 1 Round Holes/Locknut||1|
|MIDMNPV6||Midnite Solar MNPV6 Combiner Box||1|
|GENBRKDIN-15||15 Amp Din Rail Mount Breaker||4|
|MIDMNSW4048C150||Pre-Wired Power Panel - Schneider Conext SW 4048 and Midnite Classic 150 MPPT Charge Controller||1|
|MIDMNSPD-115||Solar Surge Protection Device - 115V DC||1|
|ALTBC-2/0-120RB||altE Battery to Inverter Cables, 2/0 10', Pair||1|
Let's start with Solar Panels:This 3.6kW off-grid residential home solar system features twelve (12) SolarWorld 300 Watt Solar Panels. SolarWorld 300 Watt Solar Panels now come with 5 busbars. The result of the additional busbars is that the solar panels are about 2% more efficient. This means that they can output 2% more power in the same size solar panel. As their manufacturing process gets more and more efficient, SolarWorld can increase the wattage of their standard 60 cell solar panels. As well, SolarWorld solar panels are plus-sorted by testing each solar panel as they come off the production line. They are rounded down to the nearest 5 watt increment. So a 300W panel could be anywhere from 300W to 304.9 watts. This is another step SolarWorld takes to ensure you are getting the highest system efficiency out of your array.
Next we need the Inverter and Solar Charge Controller System:
The inverter in a renewable energy system will convert the DC power from the solar panels to usable AC power for your home. The charge controller does several things, most importantly keeping your batteries from overcharging, and an MPPT charge controller will allow your solar panels to operate at their optimum power output voltage, improving system performance by up to 30%. In this kit, Midnite Solar Pre-Wired Inverter System takes the guesswork out of installing a battery based inverter system, saving you valuable time. With a pre-wired solution, the confusion is taken out of selecting all the right parts. This system uses the Schneider Electric Conext SW 4048 Inverter/Charger that is rated at 4,000 watts and uses a 48 volt battery. It produces 120/240 volts AC. The Conext SW is a convenient combination of an inverter, multi-stage battery charger, and transfer switch in one electronic device. The Midnite Solar Classic 150 MPPT Solar Charge Controller is the only MPPT charge controller with both ground fault and arc fault protection built in, providing the greatest protection for your system. And it's made in the USA!
For Battery Bank Options, decide from the table below and add to cart above:
|Battery Type||Trojan L-16-RE-B Premium Flooded Lead Acid Battery
||Outback EnergyCell 200NC Sealed AGM Battery
||SimpliPhi Power Lithium Battery
|Battery Bank Item Code||KIT1BATTOPTFLA||KIT1BATTOPTAGM||KIT1BATTOPTLION|
|# of Batteries in Kit
(Necessary cables, access also included)
|(8) Trojan L-16-RE-B Flooded Lead Acid Batteries||(8) Outback 200NC Sealed AGM Batteries||(5) SimpliPhi 3.4-48V Lithium Batteries|
|Maximum Recommended Depth of Discharge (DoD)||50%||50%||80%|
|# Cycles at Max Recommended DoD||1600||2600||10000|
|Battery Amp-Hours (C/20 Charge Rate)||370 Ah||178 Ah||67 Ah|
|Battery Watt-Hours (C/20 Charge Rate)||2220 Wh||2136 Wh||3440 Wh|
|Total Battery Bank Capacity (C/20)||17.7 kWh||17.1 kWh||17.2 kWh|
|Maximum Useable Capacity
at Max DoD
|8.88 kWh||8.54 kWh||13.7 kWh|
|Average Price Per Battery||$359||$499||$3675|
|Average Cost/kWh Cycle*||$.20||$.18||$.13|
|Average Lifespan||7 years||8 Years||15 Years|
|Operating Temperature Range||-20° to 45°C||-23° to 60°C||-20° to 60°C|
|Weight per Battery||118 lbs||131 lbs||75 lbs|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years||10 Years|
|Country of Origin||USA||China||USA|
|Pros||Smart Carbon technology for 15% improved cycle life.
Least expensive option up front.
|Nano Carbon technology improves charge/discharge.
Avg cost up front.
Modular and lightweight.
No cooling or ventilation needed.
Lowest lifetime cost.
|Cons||Maintenance required (watering).
Replacement costs (~4X over life of solar system).
Requires ventilation due to off-gassing.
Limited to 4 strings in parallel.
|Replacement costs (~4X over life of solar system).||Highest up front cost.|
*Average Cost/kWh Cycle = (Avg Price Battery/(# Cycles x DoD X Wh)) x 1000
In the above chart, we are referring to the following Battery Options for this Kit:
For Mounting Options, decide from the table below and add to cart above:
|Mounting Type||Roof Mount Option
||Ground Mount Option
||Top of Pole Mount Option
|Mounting Option Item Code||KIT1ROOFOPT||KIT1GROUNDOPT||KITMTSTOP60-12|
|Kit Includes||IronRidge XR100 11' Rails, clamps, and flashing||IronRidge XR1000 11' Rails, clamps, and caps/connectors||MT Solar 12 Module Mount, IronRidge Rails XR1000 14' Rails, Clamps|
|PSF||Up to 70 PSF||Up to 90 PSF||Up to 30 PSF|
Recommended Add-Ons for this Kit:
|Recommended Add-Ons Inverter/Charger|
|Part Number||Item Description|
|SCNCONCOMBOX||Schneider Electric Conext ComBox Communication Device|
|XANXWPLBATTMON||Schneider Electric Battery Monitor|
|XANXWPLAUTOGENS||Schneider Electric Auto Generator Start|
|SCNCONSWSWITCH||Schneider Electric Conext SW Remote On/Off Switch|
|GENLABELKIT2014||NEC 2014 Compliant Solar Label Kit|
|Recommended Add-Ons Batteries|
|Part Number||Item Description|
|OUTIBR-2-48-175||Outback 2-Shelf AGM Battery Rack 48V|
|OUTIBR-3-48-175||Outback 3-Shelf AGM Battery Rack 48V|
|GENHYDROMETER||Hydrometer for Flooded Battery option|
|GENWATERFILLER||Distilled Water Filler Jug for Flooded Batteries|
|ZEPPVENT-12V||Zephyr Power Vent 12V Box for Flooded Batteries|
|DPW-CSE||DPW Chest Style Enclosure for Flooded Batteries|
* To take a look at technical spec pages, installation manuals, warranty information, etc. click on each item in the chart to go to that Spec Page.
This item is a package made up of the following components. Please call to speak to a sales representative to learn about other options which may be available.
- 12 x SolarWorld 300 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW300 Mono, Black Frame
- 2 x 30' H4 Connector Cable #10 AWG
- 2 x 50' H4 Connector Cable #10 AWG
- 1 x T4 Disconnect Key for MC4/H4/T4 Connectors
- 1 x Midnite Solar MNPV6 Combiner Box
- 4 x 1/2 Inch 2 Hole Strain Relief with Lock Nut
- 1 x 1/2 Inch Single Hole Strain Relief with Lock Nut
- 5 x Midnite Solar 15 Amp Din Rail Mount Breaker, 150V DC
- 1 x Midnite Solar Solar Surge Protection Device - 115V
- 1 x Midnite Solar Pre-Wired System MNSW4048-CL150
- 1 x Battery to Inverter Cables, 2/0 AWG 10Ft (120"), Red/Black Pair
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