Off Grid Solar in a Cold Climate

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Customer Goal: Have an off-grid home solar system that will uphold in a cold, snowy climate

This remote home in Michigan won’t see a power line for miles! It was very important for this family to have a reliable off-grid power system that would uphold even in the extreme snowy conditions that Michigan can get. We designed and installed an off-grid solar system featuring a battery and generator back-up. The auto generator start function on the Sol-Ark 12k inverter allows the solar, batteries and generator to work together seamlessly; so the batteries will primarily be charged by solar, and secondarily by the Cummins generator according to user-set conditions. This system also features a bypass that will allow the whole home to be powered by the Cummins Generator in case the solar components stop working for any reason. We are happy and confident that this home will keep the family warm and the lights on no matter what’s going on outside! Watch our video below for full details!

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System Details

  • 11kW Off-Grid Solar System
  • Battery + Generator Backup
  • 16 Sol-Ark PCC230 Batteries (920 Ah battery bank)
  • 20 kW Cummins Generator
  • 36 Axitect 310W Premium Panels
  • EMP Hardened Suppressors
  • Sol-Ark 12k Inverter
  • Roof Mount – Everest MiniRail System

Scott Hunt

Scott Hunt is the owner of Practical Preppers LLC and an expert on sustainable living. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (1992). Scott is a sustainable living design engineer specializing in off-grid water and energy systems. “As a Prepper I strive towards self sufficiency, energy efficiency, alternative energy, conservation and helping others do the same.” - Scott