PV Direct

Simple Solutions

What is PV Direct?

PV Direct systems are simple solar solutions that require no batteries, charge controllers, or inverters. Generally, you just connect your panels directly to your appliance/element. PV Direct systems are easy to install and have a quick payback time! You can start using PV Direct to supply power for your air conditioning, hot water, aeration system and more with the option to add on later. It is a straight and simple path to free, clean, and independent energy.

How We Can Help


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Plan and Design

We help our customers plan and design their systems the right way.


We offer all the major components to PV Direct Systems in our online store


Our team of experts installs systems all over the USA!

Our PV Direct Systems

Solar Hybrid Water Heaters

CyboEnergy H Model Off Grid Inverter

The CyboInverter offers battery-less off-grid solar systems that can take major loads off the grid. It’s easy to install and maintain, no batteries, and can still run when the grid is down. The CyboInverter H Model can connect to 4 solar panels and generate up to 1250W AC power. Each CyboInverter’s input channel has its own control and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) mechanism so that power production is maximized and the partial shading problem is eliminated.

The CyboEnergy inverter can be used for PV Direct Hot Water! 

Sun Bandit Water Heater

The Sun Bandit®  is an independent, 0ff-grid system that provides your primary hot water, while your home’s electricity, natural gas, or propane serves as a backup source. This system requires no plumbing, making it especially ideal for homes in cold climates. The Sun Bandit® is easy to install, highly efficient, scaleable, and can operate during power outages. You’ll love saving big bucks on your utility bill while still having the grid as a back-up source. 

Depending on the size and location of the system, an 80 gallon Sun Bandit® solar hybrid water heater with a water temperature of 160ºF can deliver 100 gallons of hot water at 120ºF to points of use — a 25% increase in energy storage! Start your consultation today for help designing the system you need

Solar Direct Air Conditioning

The ACDC12C is designed for low cost, easy installation and a fast payback. This unique solar air conditioning technology requires no batteries, no inverter, no controller – just plug in the solar panels and start saving up to more than 80% on daytime cooling or heating costs. In addition to cooling, the ACDC12C solar heat pump will provide solar powered heating. Start your consultation

Estimated Cost: $2,800

(includes ACDC12C Unit, panels, panel mounting, PV cable)

Solar Direct Aeration System

Aeration systems help with algae control, fish health, mosquitoes, odors, and more. This Solar Aeration System provides all the benefits of traditional aeration without the costly batteries, AC wiring, and ongoing expense of grid power. Even during cloudy conditions, they provide low-maintenance, high-volume Solar Aeration on any site. Applications include fish ponds, livestock watering, golf courses, and many more! Start your consultation

Estimated Cost: $6,468

(includes complete compressor system, panels, panel mounting, enclosure base assembly, diffusers, weighted hose, and PV Cable)

Solar Direct Water Pumping

SQFlex Pump

The Grundfos SQFlex is our favorite pump. This pump can run both AC and DC power without requiring an external inverter. The pump system offers the perfect water supply solution in remote areas where water is scarce and the power supply is non-existent or unreliable. You also have the option to install this with back-up batteries or generators that can take over when the energy from nature is not available. Start your consultation

Estimated Cost: $4,920
(includes 6SQF-3 pump, CU200 controller, IO101 Generator Interface, pressure switch, solar panels, panel mounting, Cable, and connectors)


During full solar irradiance, the PicoBlender will draw maximum power from the PV array. As cloud cover or impending darkness reduce the level of solar irradiance, the system automatically makes up the difference by drawing from the grid. Once it’s dark, the system can draw all of its power from the grid. In high energy cost areas this allows for both power firming during the day and full nighttime operation while consuming as little power from the grid as possible. Typical applications include swimming pool pumps, well pumps, solar decorative fountains, aerators and waste water treatment systems. Start your consultation

Cost: $3,450
(includes PicoBlender 2500)


 This system is a soft start Variable Frequency Drive Technology running on solar power. The PicoCell 3500 universal controller can power motors, pumps, compressors or other inductive loads regardless of whether it is 50HZ or 60HZ, 120Vac or 240Vac. Designed for remote off-grid installations, the weather proof all aluminum chassis/heat sink is IP65 rated for harsh outdoor environments and can operate in high temperatures, humidity and corrosive environments. Start your consultation

Cost: $4,000
(includes PicoCell 3500)

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Phone Consultation

Consultations will take place over the phone and will include a site-evaluation using Google Earth and Helioscope. Consultations are $200/hour with no minimum time. There will be a 50% refund for the phone consultation charge for eligible customers who purchase their system with us.

On-Site Consultation

On-site evaluations are $200/hour plus travel fees with a 3 hour minimum. This will include a physical on-site evaluation of your property. Charges do not need to be collected to submit this form.

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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 Hunt