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Off-grid solar

Is Hydro One wanting to charge you a fortune to bring poles in to your house or camp? Tired of the rising costs of electricity and want to provide for yourself?


Well you came to the right place! At Sustainable Energies Inc we can get you completely off the grid and self sufficient for less than you think. We can make systems available with financing and set you up with a generator for backup, wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, inverters, wiring, install, propane or natural gas appliances, any configuration you can think of, we can get you there. 


No project is too big or too small, we can power commercial operations or the RV or camp you go to a few                                                                               times a year. 

 

We make it easy

Designing a solar power system for your project can be a difficult thing, there are many things to calculate and decide on but fortunately we are here to help. We have some pre-defined packages for simple system selection of the more common designs we get asked about and we can also customize any system to meet your requirements. 

  • Weekender I
  • Off-grid cabin
  • Off-grid home
  • Weekender II
Weekender I

Weekender I - This package is designed for mobile or RV use, it can be used at the cabin, use at your own risk, no cUL approval (supply only, some additional accessories required)

Includes:   1 x Jinko Solar 250W solar panel

                1 x ZL Power 3000W pure sine wave inverter/charger

                1 x Kinetic Solar rooftop racking system

                1 x 20A MPPT solar charge controller (2 panels max)

                2 x Discover Energy 12v - 250Ah (3kWh) batteries

                2 x 25' PV cable with MC4 connectors (red and black)

                1 x 250A fuse with fuseholder

                3 x 2/0 AWG battery cable (1')

                2 x 2/0 AWG inverter cable (5')


$2999 + HST

This package is perfect for the person who doesn't want to burn gas in their generator but does want to be able to power devices such as a coffee maker, charge their cell phone, run a water pump, run a few lights and a refrigerator while they are out at the cabin. Estimated annual power output: 285kWh, estimated daily power output: 0.78kWh

Off-grid cabin
Off-grid home
Weekender II
 

Important things to know

Solar power generation equipment obtains its fuel from the energy being sent to us by the sun. With no fuel cost, there is no better type of energy available to us. The biggest factor is finding a good way to harness this energy and store it for later use. The key components to a solar panel system are: solar panels, a mounting system for the solar panels, a charge controller to give the proper output safely to batteries, batteries for storage, an inverter to convert battery power (DC) into household power (AC) and safety devices like fuses and wiring. 


An installation like described above comes with insurance and electrical code implications. In order to obtain insurance for your off-grid camp/home, your electrical system should be installed correctly by qualified professionals. Not only that, the equipment used must also meet Canadian Electric Code requirements. It is up to the owner whether they want to abide by these guidelines but it is our duty at Sustainable Energies to let customers know of their responsibilities and how we can meet those guidelines. 


The place this is most often ignored is with the inverter and how it is wired. Most people starting off in the off-grid world will purchase a cost effective inverter from Costco or Canadian Tire, hook it up, plug in a number of extension cords and power their devices. There are a number of things wrong in this scenario which aren't safe. First of all, the inverter does not meet electrical safety guidelines. If an inverter has the UL458 designation, this means it has met rigorous safety testing but is certified for use in mobile environments only. This includes boats, RVs, cars, trucks and tractor trailers. As a result, if installed in a fixed building, even though it does have some safety certification, it is not up to electrical code standards. What is required is an inverter that meets UL1741 standards (shown below right), this ensures that the power is just like a grid-connected system and all the safety regulations required for grid-connected are certainly sufficient for off-grid. In addition, this type of inverter will have a system for DC and AC breakers and be required to have a fixed ground connection and be hard wired to an external breaker panel (just like you would have at home, shown below left). 

 
 

The last thing anybody wants is to head out to the camp to find a pile of rubble as your poorly installed solar installation burned the place down. To make sure things like this don't happen, use the proper equipment, make sure that you pull an electrical permit and use an electrician to wire the house and the breaker panel. At Sustainable Energies we do all of these things for you so that you can be comfortable that everything was done properly and your system will work for many years to come. Our primary concerns are quality, safety, and reliability. This is why we work with reputable, bankable manufacturers from Europe, Canada and the USA.