Solar Power Kits are fast becoming the best way to choose the right Solar Power System without having to source and research all the parts yourself.
Not only are they easy to set up they are also easier to install for installers, ensuring you have all the parts needed.
Here is what we are going to cover in this guide:
- What Is A Solar Power Kit?
- What Are The Benefits Of A Solar Power Kit?
- What Are The Different Types Of Kits?
What is a Solar Power Kit?
Put simply, a Solar Power Kit is a collection of components can be used to install and run a Solar Power System for commercial or residential properties, here are the basic components that you can expect in most Solar Power Kits.
Probably the most distinguishable component of all the Solar Panel is a fundamental part of the whole kit , without this piece you won’t be able to get energy from the sun.
The Photovoltaic Cell converts photons that come directly from the sun and transforms it into electricity , you can read more about Solar Panels here.
One of the main things to note with Solar Panels is that they come in different sizes and 2 main types.
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 Many do I need”, this is a good question and an important one.
The simple answer is how much do you need in order to run what you want to run, we will cover this in a further section “Which Kit Is Best For Me?”.
The next fundamental component of every Solar Power 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.
You can read our in-depth Solar Inverter Guide to understand how Solar Inverters work.
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:
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.
If you choosing an Off-Grid or a Hybrid Solar Power System 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.
There are a few Solar Battery options available on the market, you can read more in-depth about the various types, how they work and the different brands in the Solar Batteries Guide.
Here are the different options:
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 Benefits Of A Solar Power Kit?
More often than usual each home or residential setup is different, that difference, however, isn't so far removed from each other.
For example, if you are looking for a 5kw Hybrid Solar Power System with backup there are somewhat similarities.
Each kit will consist of:
- Solar Panels
- Hybrid Inverter
- 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
What Are The Different Types Of Kits?
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:
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.