Is there solar panels I can use to power my home and use 240 volts heater and everything else?

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Question by Mana Superman: Is there solar panels I can use to power my home and use 240 volts heater and everything else?
I would like to power up my home and uses the same amount of electricity without any compromise as it was on the grid. Is there any solar panel capable of that power available?

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6 Responses to Is there solar panels I can use to power my home and use 240 volts heater and everything else?

  1. Sure, how much money you got?

    John W
    June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

  2. yes of course there are but it depends on using of the inverters of what capacity.

    June 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  3. Yes you can do it.

    June 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  4. If you are in Malaysia, I’m not sure why you need a heater, except maybe a water heater. For that, use a solar heater directly.

    For the electricity, the most cost-effective way to do it is to stay connected to the grid, and offset your bill with solar. That way, you do not need to oversize the solar for contingencies. There will be compromise in your lifestyle, everything that plugs into the wall today will still plug into the wall and work fine.

    June 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  5. One solar panel can provide Direct Current (DC) between 18 Volts DC (VDC) to 30 VDC depending on the model: the model is based off of the wattage as in: 100 watt panel or 260 watt panels. 100 watt panels usually provide 18 VDC; 260 watt panels provide about 30 VDC. Please follow the solar panel links to what I plan to purchase in the near future.

    Solar panels provide the voltage and utilize a charge controller to charge batteries called a battery bank. Everything here is Direct Current. The two most expensive parts in a solar panel system are the battery banks and the solar panels. My battery bank cost $ 3,600 and only provides 450 amp hours of run time. I use about 5 amps per hour on average.

    Battery banks depend on the inverter requirements which usually are: 12; 24; or 48 VDC battery banks.

    To get Alternating Current (AC) you will need to utilize an inverter that converts DC to AC. This is where it gets expensive. Please follow the links below to the ones I use on my house. It cost me $ 2,800 each inverter and Inverter Switchgear Module (ISM).

    You can get inverters that produce 120; 240; or both 120/240 VAC. They are rated in wattage. I used the 3200 watt inverter that requires 24 VDC and it produces 120/240 VAC due to the requirements of my house. The 3200 watts runs my house just find minus the clothes dryer & washer. I plan to add one more 3200 watt inverter. Though I am single and I live alone so I do not use electricity during the day so my electric bill will be different than yours. If you have a family you want at least a 6,000 watts or more.

    What you are asking is that you want to have an Off Grid system where you do not need to rely on the electric company. These systems start at $ 24,000 and up. The smaller systems utilize the electric company keeping them in the driver’s seat. You still end up paying monthly for it.

    Solar panel systems are not that efficient because every 5 years you will need to replace the solar panels and the batteries. Which most companies include a 5 year maintenance warranty but charge you for it in monthly terms.

    I work with solar panels on a daily basis and I was planing on going to business for myself but because of the demand is not high enough the costs will not lower. The near future will assure solar panels being on every home but probably not for the next 10 years.

    I hope this helps. I’ll check back soon.

    Paul E
    June 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  6. Yes, if you have enough solar panels and other solar equipment to do so.

    Solar Genius
    June 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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