Complete Solar Power kits for homes

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Solar Power kits for homesThe Solar Panel kit is becoming more popular among consumers because they are convenient.

They are easy to set up and easy to use. Plus, they make life a little easier as well. Who doesn’t want to be more independent from the power grid?


Complete Solar Power kits for homes, small to large

The fact is, everybody’s got something to benefit from by investing in a solar power kit.

To help you choose the best solar panel kit, we’ve compiled a list. Each kit is designed and compiled to help out around the house. It’s your choice how you want to use them.

Grid-Tied Solar Power kits

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

They comprise of panels, inverter, wiring etc that feeds into your home. These kits generate power in the day and supply as much as what the load is demanding.

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.


Hybrid Solar Power kits

The Hybrid solar power kit is the most common of all kits for homes.

These systems offer the ability to use the grid power, a generator, power stored from batteries from the solar and direct support from the solar in the day for the consumption load.

They comprise of solar panels, hybrid inverter with charger, battery bank and wiring etc. Being that most people work in the day, their power gets used more so at night, however, if the grid goes down, you will still have power from the system without the requirement of Eskom.

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How Many Appliances Can I Run With A Hybrid Kit?

This varies with the size of your kit, with a 4kw kit can run 4000 Watts worth of appliances at any one time.

For example, you can run all these appliances at the same time (estimated):

Appliance Watts
Standard Fridge 200
Personal Computer 200
46″ LCD Flat screen TV 250
Standard Geyser 3000
Modem 12
Alarm System 15
10 LED Lights 200 (20 Watts Each)
DSTV Decoder 30
Total: 3907

Estimating Your Own Usage

The above gives you an idea about what you can use, large appliances such as the geyser use the most energy so it’s worth investing in a Solar Geyser to save yourself 3000 Watts of power.

Here is a list of other appliances with their Watts (Rating):
These are estimated, to get an accurate Watt usage refer to each appliance manual.
Appliance Watts
Network SWitch 20
Radio 30
Electric Blanket 50
Sewing Machine 70
Electric Fan 60
Hi-Fi 150
Electric Fence 250
File Server 500
Small Flood Light 500
Standard Flood Light 1000
Laser Printer 600
Power Drill 600
Iron 2000
Hair Dryer 1800
Microwave 800
Washing Machine (hot) 2300
Washing Machine (cold) 1000
Vacuum Cleaner 1200
Swimming pool Pump 1100
Electric Frying Pan 1500
Cordless Kettle 1800
Dish Washer 2300
Tumble Dryer 2800
Oven 2000

How Long Will The Power Last?

  • Approximately 5 hours at Peak Power during the day
  • Approximately 4 hours Off-Peak Power during the evening (backup power)

3 Phase Grid-Tied Solar Power kits

The 3 phase grid-tied solar power kit is usually intended for businesses, where their power supply is 3 phases and generally all the power is used in the day during work hours.

The beauty of businesses using their majority of power in the day offers the greatest opportunity to invest in these solutions with a very fast return. In fact, in most cases, it is cheaper to pay off these systems than to run off Eskom on a month to month basis.


Small Off-Grid Solar Power kits

These small solar solutions are perfect for homes or camping areas where there is no grid power.

They cycle the power through the batteries into the inverter then to your load. They comprise of solar panels, charge controller, batteries and a battery inverter.


SolarAdvice kit Range

Complete solar power kits for homesHere are some of the more serious Complete Solar Power kits for homes.

Unlike the others on this list, it’s not portable, but it’s perfect for your home. You can use them to run the pool pump or garden lights, or you can use the energy inside the house.

There are three different kits available, starting with the 1kW, then the 2kW and finally the 3kW. Also note that these are bi-directional kits, so they can be tied to the grid or work as a standalone power source.


Here are our Solar Power kits, they have been designed by Solar engineers to give you a package that will suit most solar needs in the home:

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Solar Power Kits Review Summary

The easiest and quickest way of getting started with Solar Power, buying a ready designed Solar Power kit makes perfect sense for the homeowner or small business.

For larger commercial businesses it doesn’t make as much sense.

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