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Solar Energy Kits Guide

 

We put together complete solar systems for your needs , it also comes with everything you will need for the installation

What is a Solar Energy Kit?

Put simply, a Solar Energy Kit is a collection of components can be used to install and run a Solar Energy System for commercial or residential houses, here are the basic components that you can expect in most Solar Energy Kits.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

The Solar Panels is one of the most important components of the Solar Energy Kit , without it you can not get the energy from the sun

The Photovoltaic Cell  converts photons that come directly from the sun and transforms it into electricity .

  • Solar Panels come in differents sizes and there are 2 Main types of panels
Panel Sizes
solar panels
There are different sizes but the most popular range is 330W 

What is the right size?

The simple answer is how much energy do you want to produce from the sun. A lot depends on the total number of watts you’re looking to produce, here’s how to calculate:

9 times 330w panels equal 2970 watts total

Or, you could have 10 times 275w panels equals 2750 watts total.

It all depends on the overall amount of watts you need.

Panel Types

 There are 2 main types that you really need to know about, Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline.

Both do the same job but the main difference is:

Monocrystalline is more expensive, more efficient, smaller, more heat resistant and black.

In your kit you should have the following parts to go with your panels:

  • Solar Panel Mounting Brackets
  • Solar Panel Cable Pack
  • MC4 Connector Pack

Your next question might be “How Much do I need?”, this is a good question and an important one.

To determine your home’s average energy requirements look at past utility bills. You can calculate how many solar panels you need by multiplying your household’s hourly energy requirement, More info below!

Solar Inverter

 The next important component of every Solar Energy Kit is an inverter, without this piece of equipment there is no way to  convert your energy coming from the Solar Panels  into usable electricity for your home.

*We suggest you also read our Inverter Guide.

Inverters come in many varieties and depending on your intended application.  Each kit you will see will be based on the inverter type , here are the main types of inverters:

Off-Grid Inverter
Off-Grid InverterAn Off-Grid inverter has the ability to run independently and without being tied to the grid at all, commonly used on properties that don’t have any connection to the grid.

They come in various kw sizes with various features, the main feature, however, is the  ability to connect to a battery  or another type of power source such as a generator.

With Off-Grid inverters, the Solar Panels charges these batteries via the inverter.

Grid-Tied Inverter
Grid Tied Inverter
Quite different to the previous version the Grid-Tied inverter functions  without any battery backup connected and it has to be connected to grid at all times .

More popular in the commercial sector the Grid-Tied inverter is  ideal for those who use their electricity in the daytime , as the Solar Panels are producing charge it goes directly through the inverter and powers the appliances or lights.

Also in a variety of sizes, it’s  recommended that you purchase a size that can handle more than you require , during the winter months there is less sunlight which in turn will produce electricity.

It’s also important to note that it’s the cheapest option to buy, therefore giving you Fantastic Value for your Money!

 
Hybrid Inverter
A Hybrid inverter gives you the best of both worlds, the idea behind this type of inverter is to  act like a Grid-Tied inverter by harnessing the daytime energy and connecting to the grid but also works like an Off-Grid inverter  by having battery backup as an energy source.

 

For example:

If the Solar Panels aren’t producing enough energy to power the appliances running, instead of switching completely to the batteries  it will only use what it needs in order to make up for the missing supply .

Out of the 3 main types of inverters, the Hybrid offers the most versatility.

If the Hybrid inverter doesn’t blend the energies like this they are referred to as Self-Consumption Inverters. These inverters  switch over to an energy source, they don’t blend making them less efficient .

In your kit you should have the following parts to go with your inverter:

  • AC Switch Disconnector/s
  • DC Switch Disconnector/s

It’s worth noting that inverter is very important so it’s worth looking at the best one you can afford.

Solar Battery

With every Solar Energy System kit  you will require battery backup . Solar Power batteries work in similar ways to every other battery, the main differences being that they’re bigger and they  require a controller to protect them from overcharging or over depleting  and they are deep-cycle.

 

Lithium-ion

 

Solar Batteries

Most modern Lithium-ion batteries that are available have a  Battery Management System (BMS), this is a fantastic feature as this prevents any over-charging, surge overloads, more cycles, longer lifespan  and more.

They are sleeker, lighter and tend to be either rack mounted or wall mounted making them a more aesthetically pleasing

In your kit you should have the following parts to go with your batteries:

  • Cable Pack
  • Mounting brackets or cabinet (optional)

When it comes to batteries you should consider the lifespan, Lead Acid variations don’t live as long and are prone to issues if not installed properly.

If you’re looking for the cleanest, more reliable and hassle-free option we always recommend Lithium-ion. Although more expensive it’s still a good investment.

What Are The Advantages Of A Solar Energy Kit?

More often than usual each home or residential setup is different.

For example, if you are looking for a 5kw Hybrid Solar Energy System with backup there are somewhat similarities.

Each kit will consist of:

  • Solar Panels
  • Hybrid Inverter
  • Batteries
  • Mounting
  • Cabling & switches

When you choose a kit you can use it as a base to work off of. This is the main benefit of a Solar Power Kit, for example:

  • You can add more batteries
  • Change the Inverter for another brand
  • Choose what panel type and size you want

Grid-Tied Solar Power Kits

The Grid-tied solar power kit is the simplest of all solar solutions.

If you have high usage in the day such as pool pumps, borehole, washing machine, geyser in the day etc, this solution will compensate for the energy use and offer the highest return on investment. Often paid back within 3 years.

Great for daytime businesses:

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