Solar Technology, Avon
Sheds, Stables, Garages, Greenhouses, Boats, Chicken Coops, Boathouses - any off-grid location with some sunshine!
Solar panels for your shed or outbuilding is a great way of providing off-grid power for lighting, in some cases all you needs is a solar panel and a battery.
However, in other cases you will require more kit - there are a number of things to consider.
The first thing is to check that solar power is actually viable in the anticipated location. If you are going to mount the solar panel on the roof of your shed for example, does that location receive sunshine during the majority of the day? To get the maximum performance form your solar panel the ideal position is South facing at an angle of between 50 to 70 degrees. If that is not possible West or Southwestwill still provide good power generation - you must however avoid shaded areas.
The second thing to consider is what you actually want to run - if you are planning to just run some lighting and you are receiving plenty of sunshine at your preferred location this is an ideal solution.
Once you have considered these things & decided this is your answer take a look at the Solar Lighting Kits we have developed. The first kits is our entry level 5w Lighting Kit, followed by our 10w Lighting Kit and finally we have developed a 20w Lighting Kit, in addition to this we stock a full range of Solar Panels up to 80 watts and all the individual lighting components to create a bespoke kit if required.
To ascertain what size kit is best for you please use our Solar Calculator to work out usage and estimated panel required.
Setting Up your Solar Lighting Kit couldn’t be easier, each kit comes with a full set of instructions; you should mount your Solar Panel on the roof of your shed or other outbuilding, and wire it to the battery, via a Charge Controller (not supplied with a 5w Kit).The Charge Controller stops the battery/batteries from overcharging when fully charged. As our 5w Kit is not supplied with a charge controller is it important to note that care must be taken not to allow the battery to overcharge, we recommend using a leisure type battery exceeding 60Ah, and suggest charging is monitored to ensure it is not overcharging. A 12 volt battery above 13.6V should be disconnected fully to prevent overcharge, simply detach your Solar Panel from the battery if you battery exceeds the maximum voltage.
The battery used must be capable of holding enough charge to meet your daily power needs at the very least twice over, it is not recommended to discharge your battery over 50% and you would want to build in to the calculation a percentage of days where there is not enough sun.
Once you have done the calculations, you can run low voltage items such as lights or radios directly from the battery. If you want to use power tools from your Solar panel you will need an inverter in the system but this is a little more complicated and we would rather discuss this in person with you, please give one of our branches a call and one of our sales team will be happy to discuss you Solar power needs.