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Plug In Solar Kit – Solar Power For Homes Made Easy

If you were to take your home electricity bills from last year and compare them to your current bills, you will notice a significant difference. Your home energy expenses are higher this year.

Why is it so?

One of the main reasons is the rising energy cost. The world experienced an energy crisis back in 2008 when crude oil prices reached a height of $150 per barrel. That in effect has caused the utility companies to raise their energy rates.

Will the energy rates be raised again? There is no doubt it will happen, it’s only a matter of time.

In order to dampen the impact of high energy cost, the best way is to reduce your home power consumption. Many home owners are turning to renewable energy source such as solar to achieve that goal.

The fastest way to start using the sun energy at home is with a plug in solar kit. Basically, the kit comes with everything you’ll need to setup a residential solar power system.

When you are sourcing for a solar kit, here’s what you’ll have to look for.

1) Solar panel – The function of the solar panel is to collect the energy from the sun and converts it into Direct Current (DC). This is done through small Photovoltaic (PV) cell in the panel.

2) Charge controller – Solar energy is stored in battery bank made of deep cycle batteries or marine batteries. You can’t connect the solar panel directly to the batteries. It has to go through a charge controller.

The function of the charge controller is to take the power generated by the solar panel, regulate it and use it to charge the batteries. When the batteries are fully charged, the controller will disperse the excess power through a heat element.

3) Power inverter – The power stored in the battery bank is in the form of Direct Current (DC). Since most of our home appliances run on Alternate Current (AC), we’ll need a device to change the DC to AC. That is the function of the power inverter.

Now, all you have to do is tap the AC from the inverter with an ordinary extension power socket and use it to power your electrical appliances.

Plug In Solar Kit At Amazon.com

If you are looking for a plug in solar kit for your home, check out the Sunforce 39126 unit. The kit comes with two 123 Watt polycrystalline solar panels, a 200 Watt power inverter, a 30 Amp digital charge controller, a voltage tester, and a wiring kit with mounting accessories.

All you need to do is purchase a few units of deep cycle batteries, install the solar panel, hook up all the units and you can start enjoying free energy from the sun.

Sunforce 39126 comes with a 25 years guarantee on the solar panels and you can get it with free shipping from Amazon.com.

By | 2012-07-29T15:40:07+00:00 January 22nd, 2010|Home Solar Power|5 Comments

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  1. Yusuf January 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Hi ya doing Will?

    I am writing you to find out how many watts does it take for a 3.2 kw system. In this email Amazon is selling a 2-123 watt kit for $1400.00 and I found another company selling a 3.2kw system for $10718.00 both have a 25 a year warranty.

    Please let know as soon as you can. Thanks much.

  2. Will January 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Yusuf,

    The way you calculate is watt = voltage x current.

    The unit from Amazon is a 200 watt system. Meaning is it enough to power a small house. But you can’t use a lot of power hungry devices such as refrigerator or microwave with the system.

    The other more expensive system is capable to support up to 3200 watt. Meaning it is 16 times more powerful than the Amazon system. It is capable to support a much larger house with numerous electrical appliances connected to the solar system. Because it can support more devices, obviously it is more expensive.

    I hope that answer your question.

  3. Yusuf January 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Will,

    I appreciate your. One more.

    My house is 3000sf not including the basement. If I purchased 3 or 4 of the units that amazon is selling which is 200 watts would I be able to run my whole house on that system without overloading the panels or would I need a larger system?

  4. Will January 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Yusuf,

    I would suggest for you to start with a complete audit of your energy requirement. List down how many electrical devices and light fixtures you want to be connected to the solar power system.

    Next, calculate the total power required by adding up the power rating of all the equipment and lightnings. Remember, watt=voltage x current.

    Look at the back of the electrical device, there should be an average power rating figure.

    I would not recommend you hooking up devices such as vacuum cleaner, oven or toaster to the solar system. The inverter may not be able to handle the power spike.

    What you can do is purchase multiple solar panels from Amazon, and also get a bigger power inverter. Something in the range of 1000 watt.

    Remember, you will need to get some deep cycle batteries also for the system. The number of batteries needed will depend on the amount of sunlight your house gets daily.

    ‘Will

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