Off Grid Home Forums Technical Discussion Off-Grid solar panel project NEED HELP! Re: Off-Grid solar panel project NEED HELP!


I live with solar and microhydro power, and teach PV as well, and I would encourage you to take a class in off-grid solar design before really DIY’ing too much.

Your local community college might offer something useful, or you might check out Solar Energy International at They’re my ‘competition,’ but may have some online courses that are reasonably priced. If you’re on the east coast, I’ll be at Rutgers March 7-11, 2011 teaching PV there and would welcome you. See for details about that class; I contract through them to various educational institutions.

@elnav has offered some good advice – but if you’re going to make your own power, a safe and reliable system really requires the investment of time needed to understand your power system. NEC Code compliance (2011 code) has changed to require “qualified persons” install any PV system and all 50 states require NEC code compliance.