Off The Grid Prepper
2080 Watt (2kW) DIY Solar Install Kit w/Microinverters
Is this solar panel kit right for me?
Small systems such as this 2000 Watt microinverter kit are great entry level packages to get you going with solar. The eight 260W modules don't take up much roof space, but the energy they produce can offset small and medium size loads like lighting, television and your kitchen appliances.
The 175-375kWh generated by these systems is great for a person who is already a conservative user of electricity. The average American uses 920kWh per month. Based on that average, this system could provide 20-41%. If you're a below average consumer, a small 2000W system like this might be all you need to get started then expand your system later.
Solar Panels - 8 x 260W High performance 72 cell polycrystalline panels with 25 year warranties.
Micro Inverters - 4 x Efficient APSystems micro-inverters that connect two PV modules per inverter.
Racking and Attachments - Industry leading IronRidge racking mounts the solar panels to your roof.
System Monitoring - Free with every kit purchase! View and analyze your solar energy production in real-time.
System Design and Financial Analysis - We custom engineer this system for your roof and calculate the payback on your solar investment.
Not Included - Wire, conduit, fittings, breakers, AC/DC Disconnects (if required), junction boxes and a sub panel (if required). All these items can be purchased at any electrical supply shop, Home Depot or Lowes, and will typically cost $300 to $500. Our technical support representative will provide a shopping list once your plans are complete
How easy is it to install?
You can install a 2kW solar system in one weekend.
Our kits use industry leading solar panels, inverters, and racking systems specifically selected and combined to make do-it-yourself installation possible.
A homeowner who has wired an AC outlet and is comfortable working on their roof can install our Solar kit.
The micro-inverters in our kits have significantly improved the safety of installing a solar panel system by generating standard AC power instead of dangerous DC power.
Micro-inverters allow you to have as few or as many panels as you like and to easily expand your system later. They simplify installation as well as allowing monitoring of each module independently. Since each panel is an individual system they maximize the power output from each panel resulting in an average 15% increase in power generation per panel.
If self-installation is not for you, click here to find a professional installer.
What is the installation process?
A typical solar roof mounted system for a home can be installed within 2 days once a permit is obtained from your city or county. After that, it’s just 5 easy steps until you’re producing power from the sun.
Take your plan set to your city or county and apply for a permit to install. The plan review process can take up to 10 days. Once the city or county approves your plans and issues your permit you may begin installing your solar system.
First, the racking and mounting system must be installed. This is the most laborious process of the solar installation process. You have to locate the rafters on your home and secure the racking system directly to them.
Once the racking and mounting system is on your roof, the solar panels and inverters can be quickly installed. The inverter(s) are then tied into the grid through a dedicated breaker in your main service panel.
When the installation is complete, your city or county inspector must sign off on it. You can accomplish this by scheduling an inspection meeting with them.
Lastly, you must send the final job card, interconnection paperwork, and your net metering agreement to your utility. They will then grant you Permission to Operate. It can take up to 4 weeks after passing inspection for your utility to provide you Permission to Operate. With our interconnection service we will process all the paperwork for you.
Our job is not over until your system is producing clean energy from the sun! We offer you support throughout the installation process with manuals, videos, and technical support.
How much should I pay a contractor to install the solar kit? Any licensed general, electrical or solar contractor can install our solar kits. If you select to hire a contractor to install your solar kit, you should expect to pay approximately $1.00 per watt for labor, wire, conduit, fittings, breakers and other miscellaneous electrical components to complete the solar system installation. For a 2 kW (kilowatt) system, which is 2,000 watts, you can expect to pay $2,000 for installation.
Why Choose Grid-Tie Microinverters?
Safer: The system does not employ dangerous, unprotected high DC voltages, eliminating the risk of potential fires as outlined above. The system’s cabling through the roof to your switchboard is regular 240V AC, the same as all other household cabling, and is circuit protected via a circuit breaker in your switchboard.
Shade tolerant and fault redundancy: Each solar panel operates independently, as it has its own dedicated micro inverter. The result is that the system does not suffer from the ‘Christmas light effect’ explained above; one shaded or soiled panel will result in a loss of power from that panel only, and will not drag down the performance of the others. The same goes for any fault; in a conventional DC solar system, a complete failure of a solar panel or central string inverter will usually result in an entire system failure.
Easily expandable: The system size is not ultimately dictated by the capacity of a wall mounted string inverter, allowing for additional panels to be added at any time and only limited by your roof space and budget.
Your Complete Solar Kit is based on the best microinverters in the business. These inverters are backed by world class technical & customer support. They come with an unparalleled 25 year warranty that matches the 25 year performance module warranty. One of the best features of the micro inverter is the ability to size your system in 2 module increments.
Free System Monitoring
The APSystems microinverter solution offers intelligent monitoring through the integrated APSystems Communicator, our state-of-the-art Energy Communication Unit, and the APSystems Monitor, our full-featured Energy Monitoring & Analysis software.
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