The cost of off-grid power technology has dropped dramatically over the last decade as well. As a result, more and more folks are choosing to make an investment in off-grid power solutions. If you’ve recently purchased a property with off-grid solar or were forced to rely on a solar and generator-based system by necessity, a system remodel can vastly improve your setup. Modernizing your system rather than replacing it altogether is typically a prudent solution, however, there are some things to keep in mind:
- A Solar Electric Remodel Can Bring Significant Upgrades
People who’ve experienced underperformance in an off-grid system in the past are often skeptical of the upgrades a remodel can bring. If done properly, a rejuvenated system will likely augment and utilize existing components to satisfy your power needs at a fraction of the cost of an entirely new system.
- Integration of Existing Components into a Modern Architecture takes Expertise
In order to achieve optimal system efficiency, integrating existing components (such as solar arrays) into a modern off-grid system architecture requires significant experience in both the legacy technologies and today’s highly evolved power conditioning equipment.
- Replacing the Energy Storage System is Often Necessary
Original energy storage systems (battery banks) frequently require replacement. Batteries typically and visibly show their age, let alone the telltale sign of reduced performance, as their serviceable life is finite. Fortunately, most old batteries can be recycled once hauled off-site
- Functioning Storage Systems Will Eventually Require Upgrading
In cases where the storage system can continue to contribute, it’s likely to be in the third trimester of its serviceable life and will need replacing in the future. A capacity test can determine how much juice is left in the tank.
Upgrading an existing off-grid system requires a professional, but when done correctly can save you the expense of replacing your entire system. At NewGrid Inc., we have extensive experience with original system components and today’s modern offerings. In most cases, we can re-engineer your existing system with the addition of some essential new components to meet current industry standards. Give us a call at (928) 288-2098 or visit us online to learn how we can help you upgrade your system.